Spring 2016 - Undergraduate Course Description
Park, Peter
Discipline and Number
HIST 3301 Section 501
W Time 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Course Title
Historical Inquiry

Description of Course:

HIST 3301 is the core (required) course for undergraduates whose major field is Historical Studies and is to be taken prior to completing the first 12 hours of upper-division course work. The reading and discussion of theoretical and practical texts and examples of historians’ sources and works are to serve as an introduction to the methods of research and analysis employed by professional historians. Students will acquire the skills of analyzing, interpreting, and representing the human past and also learn something about the history of history. Reading assignments address the nature of historical inquiry; specifically, its philosophical assumptions, the framing of problems or issues for historical inquiry, the use and abuse of evidence, and the purpose, value, and limits of historical knowledge.

Learning outcomes: Students will be able to (1) describe the different modes of historical writing, (2) describe and apply the basic methods of historical investigation, and (3) describe theories of textual interpretation and apply them to the study of the sources of history.

Required Texts:

Anderson, Benedict. Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism. London; New York: Verso, 2006; original edition, 1983. ISBN 9781844670864

Brundage, Anthony. Going to the Sources: A Guide to Historical Research and Writing. 5th ed. Malden, Mass.: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013. ISBN 9781118515310

Davis, Natalie Zemon. The Return of Martin Guerre. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1983. ISBN 9780674766914 or 0674766911

Said, Edward. Orientalism. New York: Vintage Books, 1994; original edition, 1978. ISBN 0-394-74067-X

Tosh, John. The Pursuit of History: Aims, Methods and New Directions in the Study of Modern History. 5th ed. Harlow, UK: Pearson Longman. ISBN 9780582894129

articles and book chapters:
Bakhtin, M. M. “Discourse in the Novel.” In idem, The Dialogic Imagination: Four Essays, edited by Michael Holquist, 259-366. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 1981.

Benson, Ed. “Martin Guerre, the Historian and the Filmmakers: An Interview with Natalie Zemon Davis.” Film & History 13 (1983): 49-65.

Coras, Jean de. “Memorable Decision of the High Court of Toulouse . . . ” TriQuarterly 55 (1982): 86-103.

Finlay, Robert. “The Refashioning of Martin Guerre.” American Historical Review 93 (1988): 553-571.

Foucault, Michel. “Lecture Four [28 January 1976].” In idem, “Society Must Be Defended”: Lectures at the Collège de France 1975-76, edited by Mauro Bertani, Alessandro Fontana, Arnold I. Davidson; translated by David Macy, 65-85. New York: Picador, 2003.

Gadamer, Hans-Georg. Truth and Method. 2nd, revised edition; translation revised by Joel Weinsheimer and Donald G. Marshall. New York: Continuum/Bloomsbury, 2004. Please read pp. 268-291, 291-306, 306-336, and 336-382.

Le Sueur, Guillaume. “Admirable History of a False and Supposed Husband . . . ” Translated by Thomas Fox.

Mazlish, Bruce. “The Art of Reviewing.” Perspectives on History: The Newsmagazine of the American Historical Association 39: 2 (Feb. 2001), “Viewpoints.” Go to http://www.historians.org/publications-and-directories/perspectives-on-history/february-2001/the-art-of-reviewing

Scott, Joan Wallach. “Gender: A Useful Category of Historical Analysis.” In idem, Gender and the Politics of History, revised edition, 28-50. New York: Columbia University Press, 1999.

White, Hayden. “The Structure of Historical Narrative.” Clio 1, no. 3 (June 1972): 5-20. Reprinted in idem, The Fiction of Narrative: Essays on History, Literature, and Theory 1957-2007, edited by Robert Doran, 112-125. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010.

White, Hayden. “The Value of Narrativity in the Representation of Reality.” In idem, The Content of the Form: Narrative Discourse and Historical Representation, 1-25. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1987.

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

As a calculated value, your final grade will be the aggregate of your grades for: regular attendance & active participation (10%), bibliography and footnote exercise (5%), first essay (15%), book review (15%), second essay (25%), final essay (30%).

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