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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ARA3048: Oral History: Principles and Practice

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.

Indicative Reading List

This reading list is indicative - i.e. it provides an idea of texts that may be useful to you on this module, but it is not considered to be a confirmed or compulsory reading list for this module.


Das, V. (2000) ‘The Act of Witnessing: Violence, Poisonous Knowledge, and Subjectivity.’ In Das et al. (eds). Violence and Subjectivity, pp. 205-225.

Gershovich, M. (2003) ‘Stories on the road from Fez to Marrakesh: oral history on the margins of national identity’, The Journal of North African Studies, 8:1, 43-58.

Gluck, S and Patai, D. (eds) Women’s Words: the Feminist Practice of Oral History.

Neyzi, L. (2010) ‘Oral History and Memory Studies in Turkey.’ In Kerslake C., Öktem K, Robins P. (eds). Turkey’s Engagement with Modernity: Conflict and Change in the Twentieth Century.

Perks, R. and Thomson (eds) (1998, 2006)The Oral History Reader. 2 editions.

Portelli, A. (1991). ‘What Makes Oral History Different?’ In The Death of Luigi Trastulli and Other Stories, pp. 45-58.

  - (1997) The Battle of Valle Giulia: Oral History and the Art of Dialogue.

Richter-Devroe, S. (2016) ‘Oral Traditions of Naqab Bedouin Women: Challenging Settler-Colonial Representations Through Embodied Performance’ Journal of Holy Land and Palestine Studies, vol. 15, No. 1 : pp. 31-57.

Ritchie, D.(2003) Doing Oral History: A Practical Guide.

Shryock, A. (1997) Nationalism and the Genealogical Imagination: Oral History and Textual Authority in Jordan.

Teskey, R. and Alkhamis, N. ‘Oral History and national stories: theory and practice in the Gulf Cooperation Council.’ In Erskine-Loftus, Hightower and Ibrahim al-Mulla (eds) Representing the Nation: Heritage, museums, national Narratives and identity in the Gulf Arab States.

Tonkin, E. (1992) Narrating our Pasts: the Social Construction of Oral History.

Yow,V.R. (2005) Recording Oral History: A Guide for the Humanities and Social Sciences. 2nd ed.