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



Oral Narratives (Sophomore LA)

Resource: Talking Myths

Talking Myths Project is a curated online archive of myths from across the Indian subcontinent. It provides a platform for anyone, anywhere in the world, who has a myth from the region to share and start a conversation around it…Traditionally myths are oral tales. They are passed down the generations either as a sacred story or as an aphorism and treasured by a community as a valuable source of their heritage. When people migrate, their stories travel with them and over time even if the narratives change their relevance and meaning remain intact. The national and cultural character of India and subcontinent was maintained through such narratives. The Talking Myths Project will attempt to capture and engage with this shared mythological heritage of the region.


Oral Narratives (Sophomore LA)

Talking Voices


From the Mewar Ramayana

Last week we looked at the ways in which myths are created, the origin of creation myths, the archetypes that exist and persist and the binaries that exist within these narratives. But this is one way to look at the myths that surround us. As these myths begin to cross the borders, both physical and emotional, time and space, we begin to wonder how these stories are disseminated. Continue reading

Oral Narratives (Sophomore LA)

Talking Myths


Three Aspects of The Absolute (Mehrangarh Museum Trust, 1823)

One of the first questions we ask ourselves when we read a narrative is ‘who is speaking?’ It is important to establish a voice within the stories that we hear because it is the voice that will determine the ways in which the narrative wants to frame itself. But what about the early myths and creation stories?

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Integrative Seminar, Oral Narratives (Sophomore LA)

Meet Your New Neighbors: An Interview with DW Gibson

How do we tell stories? How do we remember them? D W Gibson explores the narratives of change in city spaces through interviews.

“In cities, trends come, go, and come again; causes rise to prominence, fall by the wayside, and emerge repackaged; neighborhoods flourish or fall out of favor. Condos, cupcake shops, and bike lanes become signifiers; shady buyouts and racist landlords fuel arguments about whether communities are being renewed or decimated.

The word gentrification is in the subtitle of DW Gibson’s most recent oral history, but the author has trouble with it: it’s too broad, he writes, to adequately capture a wide variety of experiences, contexts, and meanings. Several interviewees in his book also seem at odds with the word. One says gentrification doesn’t describe anything in the real world. Another says he doesn’t need to be able to describe it because he knows what it feels like.”

Read the full interview here:

Meet Your New Neighbors: An Interview with DW Gibson