Making History: Practices and Theory|
Spring 2010 not offered
This research seminar will examine historiography as a practice, an art, and, finally, as an object of theoretical reflection. It hopes to reveal history-writing's own history-to reveal the values, moral aesthetic, and politics that have dominated the desire of people around the world to commemorate events, repeat them, and consciously build the present out of renewed confrontation with or celebration of their pasts. It will consider the relationship of social status and virtues. It will analyze the power of history to articulate political and moral options. Throughout the course we will focus on the rhetorical means by which historians present their views, the philosophical premises that undergird them, and the passions and interests that might have motivated them. This will require due attention to both the context and the text's production and reading and to the text's words themselves.
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Course Reader of Selections from the History of History Writing, from the Bible and Herodotus to recent authors such as Peter Brown, Michel Foucault, and William MacNeil.
HISTORY AND THEORY: CONTEMPORARY READINGS
G. SPIEGEL, ed., PRACTICING HISTORY: NEW DIRECTIONS IN HISTORICAL WRITING
Additional articles on historical theory and philosophy.
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Two five-page papers on set texts.
One 15-20 page term paper.
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