HIST 395
Signs of History Fall 2019
Division II
Cross-listed COMP 395 / HIST 395 / ENGL 395

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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? This seminar will attempt to answer these questions through readings of works of philosophy, poetry, history, prose fiction, film, photography, and cultural criticism that reflect upon the nature of history. Though answers 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. May include works by Kant, Burke, Hegel, Charlotte Smith, Marx & Engels, Woolf, Kafka, Arendt, Benjamin, Mahmood Darwish, Thomas Demand, and Eyal Sivan.
The Class: Type: seminar
Limit: 25
Expected: 15
Class#: 1772
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation based on two papers, one 6 and one 10-12 pages in length, and general participation
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: English, Comparative Literature, History and German majors
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
COMP 395 Division I HIST 395 Division II ENGL 395 Division I
Attributes: ENGL Criticism Courses
ENGL Literary Histories B

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