HIST 395
Signs of History Fall 2014
Division II
Cross-listed HIST 395 / ENGL 395 / COMP 395
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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.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 25
Expected: 15
Class#: 2029
Grading: OPG
Requirements/Evaluation: three papers (two 6 and one 8-10 page) and one presentation
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
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 Preferences: given to majors in English, Comparative Literature, and German
Unit Notes: satisfies either English Literary History B OR English Criticism requirement
Distributions: Division II
Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under ENGL or COMP; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under HIST
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
HIST 395 Division II ENGL 395 Division I COMP 395 Division I
Attributes: ENGL Criticism Courses
ENGL Literary Histories B

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