History and Theory|
Spring 2023 not offered
|Course Cluster and Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory Certificate|
This seminar will explore the contemporary theory and philosophy of history, giving special attention to the publications of "History and Theory," the academic journal owned and edited by Wesleyan University faculty for the past 60 years. We might discuss such topics as the nature of historical truth; history as a science, with laws, and as an art, with style; the nature of historical time; gender history; agency and causation; history of the emotions; of animals, and history's moral imperatives; as well as the ramifications of the postmodern turn. We will give special attention to recent arguments about the theory of history and the nature of the past.
Key figures are likely to include Walter Benjamin, R. G. Collingwood, Michel Foucault, Hayden White, Frank Ankersmit, Nancy Partner, Joan Scott, Reinhart Koselleck and Gabrielle Spiegel.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CSCT)(HIST-MN)(HIST)
Course readings will include diverse articles and chapters from HISTORY AND THEORY and elsewhere, likely including those by the following authors. Readings will consist of approximately two articles, usually of 20-35 pages per week, generally accessible through the course moodle page or through library resources. There are no required book purchases.
See a copy of a recent syllabus at http://gshaw.faculty.wesleyan.edu/files/2015/11/HIST-338-Syllabus-final-retrospect.pdf.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
There will be two short and one longer paper required for the course. One paper will analyze a thematic debate, one will attempt to produce an original critique, question, or solution, and the longer paper will be open, selected in consultation with the professor.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Only COL majors can take the course on CR/U basis. Steady attendance is required.
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