ENGL361 - Recovering Oral Histories: Caribbean and Latin American Communities in the USA and Britain
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Prerequisite: Must have completed at least one course in English or Latin American Studies. Credit only granted for: ENGL261 or ENGL361.

Project-based course to record oral histories of Caribbean American and Latin American communities in the Washington area. Interview and oral history techniques; recording and videotaping oral histories; transcribing and writing stories as oral histories.

Prerequisite: Must have completed at least one course in English or Latin American Studies. Credit only granted for: ENGL261 or ENGL361.

This is a project-based course, aimed at recording oral histories of Caribbean American and Latin American communities in the Washington metropolitan area.  At the beginning of the course, we will discuss interview and oral history techniques.  From the end of the second/beginning of the third week of the course, you will be expected to begin interviewing a contact in the Latin American or Caribbean community.  Interviewees/narrators will be approved by the course instructor, who will assist with identifying individuals if students find it difficult to do so independently.  Students will record and videotape oral histories, transcribe these stories and begin writing them as oral histories.

This course is being offered in coordination with Professor Conrad James at the Department of Latin American Studies, Birmingham University, UK.  Using Canvas and video conferencing facilities, the two classes (in the U.S.A. and U.K.) will share comments about interviews and interview transcripts.