Historiography and Historical Metho
I. Course Description
The aim of this reading-, speaking-,
and writing-intensive course is to engage students in ongoing philosophical
and historiographical debates concerning narrativity, temporality, experience,
and the historical representation of reality. We will investigate the structure
of narrative and its relation to historical time.
All students are required to
apply the critical approaches and concepts learned in this course to a final
research project on time and narrative. For instance you may choose to examine
the Marxian scheme of historical periodization, to study the notion of longue
dureé in the works of Annales School historians, or to examine
the periodization of world, European, or American history/literature. Your
final research project must be directed toward a professional audience and
should be of publishable quality. All papers must be presented at the 11th
semiannual Rhetoric and the Historical Imagination Conference,
scheduled for December 6, 2000.
1. Weekly summaries/analyses for
a total of 8 one-page papers. These analyses should be made available to other
students via the Internet (firstname.lastname@example.org) at least 24
hours prior to each class meeting.
2. Weekly critiques of your peers'
position papers for a total of 8 one-page papers. Your critiques should be
e-mailed to other students via email@example.com.
3. Small groups will lead weekly
discussions on assigned readings. All students are expected to participate
actively in class discussions. Failure to do so will have a detrimental effect
on your grade!
4. One short memo-proposal describing
your research paper due by September 25, 2001. This should be accompanied
by a concise title and a one-page working bibliography identifying both primary
and secondary sources.
5. A final research paper directed
toward a professional audience other than the course instructor. Students
are expected to present their papers in a public conference at the end of
6. A writing portfolio consisting
of your weekly summaries, critiques, proposal and bibliography, and the final
7. Students registered for these
courses are also required to participate in at least 4 sessions of the Department
of History Student-Faculty Seminars and/or other public presentations in English,
Philosophy, Anthropology, etc. scheduled for the Fall semester. A short report
of these sessions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students will be evaluated by attendance, quality participation in the course, contribution to the intellectual life of the University, and by the quality of their written work. Percentages will be assigned on this following basis:
1. Weekly summaries/analyses and critiques: 25%
2. Group presentations: 25%
3. Proposal and bibliography: 10%
4. Participation in departmental seminars and public lectures: 10%
4. Research paper and conference presentation: 30%
IV. Required Readings
To see a list of required reading materials for this course please download the corresponding word file