COMP 395 Fall 2014 Signs of History

Cross Listed as ENGL395, HIST395
A seminar on key texts from the history of reflections on history. Through readings of works of philosophy, poetry, history, prose fiction, film, photography, and cultural criticism from the Enlightenment to the present, we will weigh how writers have attempted to answer such questions as: What is an historical event, and how do such events differ from other occurrences? How are historical changes reflected in or produced by literature, art and other cultural forms? Who or what makes history and what is the nature of historical agency? Is history always "written by the victors," as one says, or are there ways of challenging dominant accounts of the past? Though answers to these questions will be multiple, course reading and discussion will in general strive to determine the consequences of understanding history as a site in which reading and writing, experience and narration, and action and interpretation interpenetrate. Readings may include works by Burke, Hegel, Charlotte Smith, Hazlitt, de Tocqueville, Marx & Engels, Dickens, Nietzsche, Conrad, Benjamin, Eliot, Warhol, Richter, Lanzmann, and Celan.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: three papers (two 6 and one 8-10 page) and one presentation
Additional Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
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Prerequisites: a 100-level ENGL course, or a score of 5 on the AP English Literature exam, or a score of 6 or 7 on the Higher Level IB English exam
Enrollment Preference: given to majors in English, Comparative Literature, and German
Department Notes: satisfies either English Literary History B OR English Criticism requirement
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Distribution Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under ENGL or COMP; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under HIST
Divisional Attributes: Division I
Other Attributes: ENGL Criticism Courses,ENGL Literary Histories B
Enrollment Limit: 25
Expected Enrollment: 15
Class Number: 1656
COMP 395 - 01 (F) SEM Signs of History Division 1: Languages and the Arts Walter Johnston
W 1:10 PM-3:50 PM Pareksy 220 1656
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