Tales from the Crypt: Gender in the Cemetery
Cemeteries register the narratives survivors tell about their dead. They can be significant repositories of cultural knowledge. Besides being rich sources of local and family histories, they record social status like gender, sometimes race or ethnicity, and class. This joint Anthropology and Women’s and Gender Studies class is structured around research projects designed by the students in the class, who spend the semester surveying local cemeteries. We begin the course with two questions: How do local cemeteries represent gender? How have representations of gender in these cemeteries changed over time?