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Spring 2015-2016
* ANT 432 (SA)   na, npdf

Memory, Trauma, Accountability

John W. Borneman

We focus on how humans deal with traumatic loss through three major approaches to memory: psychoanalysis (Freud), social organization (Halbwachs), associative temporalities (Sebald). We examine genres in which the memory of loss is retained or displaced. How is a traumatic past experienced individually and collectively? We consider memory from different cultural landscapes and theoretical perspectives. A better understanding of the memory of loss, and the social forms and histories in which this memory remains active, will improve our approaches to cultural observation, documentation, analysis, and interpretation.

Sample reading list:
Sigmund Freud, Mourning and Melancholia
Lawrence Kirmayer, "Landscapes of Memory"
Melanie Klein, "Mourning and its Relation to Manic-Depressive States"
Pierre Nora, Realms of Memory: Rethinking the French Past
W.G. Sebald, The Emigrants
Art Spiegelman, Maus: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History

Reading/Writing assignments:
100-150 pp. of reading per week. Students will write 6 abstracts (3 pp. each) during the semester. The seminar will be discussion-driven. Final grade will be based on abstracts and participation in discussion, take-home midterm, and a final research paper of 10 pp. on a subject of student's choice (approved by Instructor) related to a seminar theme, due on Dean's Date.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Take Home Mid term Exam - 20%
Papers - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
40686 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm M   Aaron Burr Hall   213   Enrolled:8 Limit:15