HISTORY 197 - First-Year Seminar
Section: 001 Modern British History in Fiction
Term: FA 2010
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
Course Note:
A basic introduction to historical thinking and method through small-course seminar experience. Topics vary from term to term; however, no matter what the topic, students can expect to spend a great deal of time learning to think critically about historical questions and to write well. As such, the First-Year seminar should serve as an introduction to upper-level course work in history and related fields of study.
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Other:
FYSem
Waitlist Capacity:
20
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course begins with the observation that history is a notable presence in contemporary British novels, These novels are not "historical fiction" in the sense of romance novels set in some bygone age, but they are also not simply set in the author's "own" time or the present. Moreover, they take history as a theme, rather than simply a setting; they explore memory, representation, gaps, contestations, and what counts as knowledge. At their best, such novels have been serious contributions to historical writing, imaginatively exploring both the complexity of the past and the ways it may haunt the present.

This course will use novels to think about how British history has been represented through fiction and to explore broader themes. The goal is not to judge fiction against "real" history but to consider how fiction can present history and be about history, how fiction may produce historical knowledge and what kinds of historical knowledge novels may presume. What kinds of history get represented? How do authors show relations between different histories? What are the risks of fiction as a mode of writing history? What kinds of historical forces does fiction have a hard time with? What does it do especially well? Does fiction always "domesticate" history, making it a story of individuals and emotions? What techniques of writing have authors explored to capture the difference, the strangeness of the past? We may also consider film versions of some texts.

No previous knowledge of British history is required, and we will read a range of works that address different areas of British history, within and beyond the British isles, with most works dealing with modern history.

HISTORY 197 - First-Year Seminar
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
38737
Open
1
16Y1
 
-
Tu 10:00AM - 1:00PM
Note: ALL SECTIONS OF HISTORY 197 ARE RESTRICTED TO FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS.
003 (SEM)
P
45953
Open
0
5Y1
 
-
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Note: Section 003: Meets with AMCULT 103.003
004 (SEM)
P
45087
Open
10
10Y1
 
-
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: Meets with ENGLISH 140.002
005 (SEM)
P
43899
Open
5
13Y1
 
-
M 10:00AM - 1:00PM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.


Note:
Note: all books are widely available in libraries, including perhaps your local public library, as well as in used copies from sources like Abebooks, Powells, and Amazon. In no case is the specific publisher or date important, so feel free to get the books however is cheapest or most convenient for you. I may add one more book (don't panic! these are all easy reads and in some cases--Briggs and Westall--quite short), but do go ahead and make your plans to get these. We will need Briggs and Barker soonest.
ISBN: 1594488800
The little stranger, Author: Waters, Sarah, 1966-, Publisher: Riverhead Books 2009
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780375407581
Ethel & Ernest, Author: Briggs, Raymond., Publisher: Knopf 1999
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780375413834
The Rotters' Club, Author: Coe, Jonathan., Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf 2002
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780375501852
White teeth : a novel, Author: Smith, Zadie., Publisher: Random House 2000
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780312253042
Liza's England, Author: Barker, Pat, 1943-, Publisher: Picador USA 2001
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780590427708
Blitzcat, Author: Westall, Robert., Publisher: Scholastic 1989
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780312424671
Small island, Author: Levy, Andrea, 1956-, Publisher: Picador 2005
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780375405822
England, England, Author: Barnes, Julian., Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf 1999
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9781596923065
The crow road : a novel, Author: Banks, Iain, 1954-, Publisher: MacAdam Cage 2008
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780671498634
Waterland, Author: Swift, Graham, 1949-, Publisher: Poseidon Press 1983
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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