History 101.008

Spring 2007
Instructor (text): 
104 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
TuTh 11-12:30

This research seminar examines worlds that are by definition hidden from view - realms such as family, childhood, love, sentiment, marriage and sexuality. During the first four weeks, we will focus on the historiography and methodology of private realms in Europe from the eighteenth century to the present. How have women's roles and the place of children and emotions have changed over time? Indeed, how has the notion of privacy has developed since the eighteenth century? How has domestic life connected to and been shaped by ";broader"; social, political, cultural and economic forces? Last but not least, why do historians study private life? These initial sessions will help students develop research strategies and methods, and introduce them to some of the types of sources historians have used in reconstructing private lives of the past.

Students will then complete a substantive research paper of 30-50 pages for this course; papers may deal with any aspect of private life in modern Europe. An early identification of a topic and appropriate source material is crucial to student projects. This course is also open to students with pre-eighteenth-century topics in mind, pursuant to consultation with and pre-approval of the instructor.