Oral Narratives (Sophomore LA)

Oral History: Final Essay List

We are at the end of our semester and as part of your final assessment, here are a list of topics to choose from…

  • Film and Mythology: Exploring themes in Indian cinema
  • Woven Narratives: Exploring myths and storytelling in craft, design, objects and textiles
  • Remembering the Forgotten: Oral histories and performance
  • Book Review
  • A study of archetypes
  • Archiving: Migration Stories, Women’s Stories, Men’s Stories, Storytelling, Street Stories
  • Decoding the image: Photography
  • Essay Decode
  • Architecture and Memory
  • Food and Oral Histories



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Reading of Our Many Indian Identities

“So what’s the book all about? Without giving much away, it’s about the way in which a film about three-brothers-lost-and-then-found made around 1977 managed to provide us with a glimpse of a new India emerging from the debris of an older one riven with communal and political strife. The film, the authors claim, has to be read against the ambiguous moment of the Emergency where an older, much-valorised nationalist political ethos gave way to a newer, younger one. The coming together of the brothers and the family out of a miasma of crime and economic dereliction is also the emergence of a new Hindustan out of its troubled/divided pasts. One of the interesting ways in which such a change is tracked is the play within the film between locations in ‘old Bombay’ (mainly Bandra) and the emerging suburbs around Borivali. Such a reading seems particularly felicitous given the manner in which cascades of northern suburbs of the city rose into economic and cultural prominence in the post-emergency era all the way to becoming the dynamo for Mumbai Global of the 1990s and 2000s.”


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Bollywood & Shakespeare

16slide4.jpg“Masala means many things and conjures up many associations. For Westerners, it suggests exotic eastern spices and flavours. That sense is apparent also in the word’s most widespread metaphorical use in India — to add masala to a story is to give it, through embellishment or exaggeration, an extra spicy flavour. This association with food has a long history: ‘masala’ derives, through Urdu and Persian, from the Arabic masalih, meaning ingredients. But there are other meanings lurking in the term. The spiciness of masala often hints at the heat of desire. And ‘masala’ more precisely means a mixture — originally a mixture of different ground spices, but more metaphorically any kind of diverse mixture — for example, of an Indian growing up in Britain with a masala of cultural influences.”


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We begin our last project for Time Seminar & Studio, our biggest project ever! Here is a brief to the project…

In the early years of an independent India, Indian cinema served as an expression of the creation of identities, of a way of speaking of the ‘ideal’ India – rural India as an expression of change, it spoke of diversity and religious identity and a way to explore the shifting nature of India’s ‘coming into her own’.

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