History | Colloquium in Cultural History
H680 | 3031 | Wasserstrom


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Above section meets with CULS C701

TOPIC:  INTRODUCTION TO CULTURAL HISTORY

This course is designed as both a self-contained introduction to
cultural history as a genre of historical investigation and writing,
and also as a gateway to IU's new dual concentration in Cultural
History.  This year's focus will be on two broad issues: the
similarities and differences between social and cultural history, and
the perils and possibilities of comparative cultural history.  To
explore these issues, the readings for most weeks will pair works
that stand on opposite sides of one of two divides: that which
separates modes of historical analysis from one another, or that
which separates two parts of the world.  Thus, for example, in one
week, we will use readings by Joan Scott and others to examine the
similarities and differences between the way social historians and
cultural historians have dealt with the history of feminist
movements. In another week, we will read a classic essay on European
religious riots by Natalie Davis ("The Rites of Violence") alongside
a recent book on an East Asian religious upheaval (History in Three
Keys: The Boxers as Event, Experience and Myth) by Paul Cohen, a
leading China specialist.  In another week, organized in a similar
fashion, we will read an influential essay by Americanist Lawrence
Levine on the 19th century reception of Shakespeare plays in the
United States alongside a recent book by Taylor Atkins on Japanese
responses to and adaptations of jazz.  Other historians on the course
reading list will include British historians E.P. Thompson and Eric
Hobsbawm, French historians Lynn Hunt and Robert Darnton, U.S.
historian Roy Rosenzweig, Japanese historian Carol Gluck, African
historian Luise White, South Asian historian Dipesh Chakrabarty, and
several members of the I.U. history department.  In addition, we will
read short works by a variety of non-historians (Geertz, Sahlins,
Foucault, Bourdieu, Habermas, etc.) who have had a marked influence
on cultural historical practice during the past two decades or so.