Summer 2019 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Instructor
Wilson, Michael
Discipline and Number
HUHI 6320 Section 591
Day
MW Time 5:30 PM - 9:45 PM
Course Title
History and Fiction

Description of Course:

This seminar will begin to examine the distinction(s) between historical inquiry and fictional representation. While Michel Foucault claims in *The Order of Things* that the modern fields of both "history" and "literature" are a product of the nineteenth century, relations between these two forms of writing and understanding have proven to be quite complicated. We can no more oppose history and fiction to one another than we can erase the differences between them.

In this course, we will investigate the connections and disjunctions between history and fiction. We will begin by reading some salient theoretical texts trying to illuminate the distinction between history and fiction. We will then examine a small set of specific examples in which we can compare historical and fictional approaches to the same events from the past.

This course is cross-listed with HIST 6340.591. HUSL credit may be available by petition to the Associate Dean.

Required Texts:

Purchase ONLY these editions in HARD COPY.

Alain Corbin, *The Village of Cannibals*
Harvard UP 978-0674939011

Natalie Zemon Davis, *The Return of Martin Guerre*
Harvard UP 978-0674766914

Jenny Erpenbeck, *Visitation*
New Directions 978-0811218351

Jean Genet, *The Maids*
Grove Press 978-0802150561

Janet Lewis, *The Wife of Martin Guerre*
Swallow Press 978-0804011433

Herman Melville, *Benito Cereno*
Bedford College Edition 978-0312452421

Jean Teule, *Eat Him If You Like*
Gallic Books 978-1906040390

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Seminar preparation and participation; submission by email of 3 discussion questions for each session with readings; four bibliographic assignments; oral presentation; two 3- to 5-page analytical essays; 5- to 8-page project proposal with annotated bibliography.

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