History and Literature

History 283.001

Spring 2008
Instructor: 
Henkin
Location: 
2227 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
Wed 3-6
CCN: 
39765
Units: 
Units

How have the oft-cited linguistic turn in historical studies and the historicist trend in literary studies unsettled the boundary between those two disciplines? What have historians learned from scholars in literature departments about reading texts? What assumptions, goals, and methodological protocols continue to distinguish the historian's approach to language, literature, and textuality? In this seminar we will read exemplary works of cultural-historical and literary-historical scholarship from the past three decades (dealing with various times and places, but with some emphasis on the history of the West) in an effort to explore these questions.

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