You can think of telling stories in two ways. It’s an action: the telling of tales. It’s also a description: a story that in its details reveals something larger, that has something to say. In this course we’ll be exploring both those forms of telling stories. We’ll be drawing on a scholarly framework developed by anthropologists and adopted by historians. We won’t simply be reading other scholars’ work, though. We’ll be doing the work of history, digging deeply into one profoundly troubling story to see what it has to say.