Spring 2013 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Park, Peter
Discipline and Number
HIST 3301 Section 501
T 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; the purpose, value, and limits of historical knowledge.

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, 5th ed. Hoboken, NJ: Harlan Davidson/Wiley, 2008. ISBN 9780882952536

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

Said, Edward. Orientalism (pp. 1-73, optional: pp. 255-352). New York: Vintage Books, 1994. ISBN 0-394-74067-X

Tosh, John. The Pursuit of History, 5th ed. Harlow, UK: Pearson Longman, 2006. ISBN 9780582894129

Bakhtin, M. M. “Discourse in the Novel.” In idem, The Dialogic Imagination: Four Essays, edited by Michael Holquist, pp. 259-366. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 1981. ISBN 029271534X (avail. on eLearning)

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, pp. 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, pp. 268-291, 291-306, 306-336, 336-382. ISBN 08264 7697X

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.”

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

White, Hayden. “The Structure of Historical Narrative.” Clio 1: 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:

attendance/participation (10% of final grade), bibliography and footnote exercise (5%), first essay assignment (20%), book review (10%), second essay assignment (25%), final essay assignment (30%)

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