Oral History And Oral Histories Essay

1195 Words Nov 2nd, 2015 5 Pages
Reflecting on this course up to this point, it is important to place significant attention on what an “oral history” has shaped up to be for me. In other words, I had one limited conception of what constituted prior to this semester when I signed up for this course that has changed and broadened through our curriculum. I took this course because the description seemed to link up well my own interest as a student in Gallatin by examining storytelling through artistic, visual and sounds mediums to tell as the producer of a history. However, I am also aware that many of my prior conceptions of what constitutes an “oral history” were in fact misconceptions. For, one I was under the belief that oral histories were synonymous with ‘alternative’ histories based on the documentaries that have shaped and transformed my understanding of history events. However, while oral history accounts have served as a way to approach the ‘stories’ of history that do not find their place in dominant historical *literary based* discourses, the historical accounts and evidence needed to form an oral history, whether it be interviews, re-interpreting art, photographs, video etc. makes the telling or retelling of a counter history difficult to achieve. While oral history’s do serve as an alternative space to examine unconventional historical accounts, they are faced with many of the same challenges as conventional spaces to produce a historiography sans gaps. To this…

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