HISTORY 611 - The Literature of American History
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
With permission of department.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course provides an introduction to the literature of American history, with an emphasis on chronological breadth, thematic diversity, important foundational texts, and key methodological and theoretical innovations in recent scholarship. The course is not designed to cover every important debate in U.S. historiography, nor is it possible to present a comprehensive portrait of five centuries of history on the North American continent. Rather, it is organized around a series of critical historical episodes and historiographical debates, with each session devoted to a major book and accompanying articles or a pair of books (usually excerpted). Goals of the course include

  1. the development of critical analytical skills in the assessment of historiographical and methodological trends, especially beyond your particular chronological specialization and subfield(s) of interest,
  2. the acquirement of a basic familiarity and fluency in discussing historical themes and scholarly debates that have shaped this profession,
  3. an introduction to key texts that should be a staple of reading lists for preliminary exams, especially since the department requires one of your fields to span the chronological divide between early and late U.S. history, and
  4. a collective experience that fosters intellectual community among members of the entering Americanist cohort of 2011.

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Intended Audience:

HISTORY 611 is a core requirement for all first-year graduate students in American history, and the seminar is open to students in Anthro/History, American Culture and other related fields.

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HISTORY 611 - The Literature of American History
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001 (REC)
Th 1:00PM - 4:00PM
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