What is narrative and why does it matter? How do narrative practices connect to social issues like inequality, gender, social change, and identity? This course will investigate how we, as cultural beings, use narratives and storytelling to create meaning and to shape our understandings of the world-in realms as diverse as socialization and science, politics and place, health care and the constitution of the self. We will investigate the variety of ways that stories achieve their social and aesthetic effects, drawing on sociolinguistics, anthropology, ethnopoetics, literary theory, and cultural theory. Students will collect, transcribe, and analyze oral narratives in an extended project. COI or any previous cultural or linguistic anthropology course.

Dr. Calla Jacobson’s interest in narrative came out of her attachment to the stories she encountered in the Himalayas, where she lived, worked, and researched for more than half a dozen years. She received her Ph.D. in anthropology at the University of Texas, Austin where she studied cultural and linguistic anthropology and folklore. A Colorado native, she first taught at Colorado College in 2000.

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