European Cultural History

History 285U

Spring 2018
3104 Dwinelle
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Tu 9-12
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This is a workshop course broadly centered on cultural history although all are welcome. I offer hands-on, step-by-step guidance through the process of identifying, researching, and presenting the fruits of a manageable research project. In the first few weeks we will concentrate on basic structural and esthetic choices: finding articles that might serve as models; writing a first paragraph and a last paragraph and eventually an introductory and concluding section; deciding on an audience and on a narrative voice; articulating the paper’s relationship to an existing historiography Later in the seminar we will constitute ourselves as an editorial collective that will read rough drafts and suggest revisions aimed at making the paper acceptable to our imaginary “journal.” The aim is to have a draft of a publishable paper for a real journal by May. For those topics on which I can offer no expertise we will rely, as I have in the past in my 285s, on the expertise of colleagues in this and other departments. Small grants-in-aid for research material will be available as needed.