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HYM5950 - Hidden Transcripts: Cultural Approaches to the Past

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Jane Drakard


Not offered in 2007


As for HYM4950


This subject examines methodological approaches in anthropology and history and looks at the ways in which culturally oriented reading strategies have been used to uncover the 'hidden transcripts' encoded in texts, rituals and events. Students are expected to:

  1. Think carefully about the relationship between anthropology and history and the nature and implications of attempts to work within and between these two disciplines.
  2. Consider the concept of 'culture' and its uses as a tool for historical investigation.
  3. Relate their reading to a set of general questions about what historians do, including the nature of historical evidence and the conclusions that may be drawn from it.


Essay (5000 words): 60%
Additional essay (2000 words): 20%
Examination (2 hours): 20%

Contact hours

2 hour seminar per week


HSY4950, HYM4950