History | Colloquium in Cultural History
H680 | 2796 | Wilson


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TOPIC:  READING HAYDEN WHITE-TOPIC IN CULTURAL HISTORY

Best known for his writings on history as a form of literature that
draws meaning from how it is represented, Hayden White champions a
new consciousness among historians.  In this course we will look at
his writings, including Metahistory (1973), his magnum opus on
the “deep structure” of European historiography.  We will read White
on narrative and interpretation and look at his arguments in light of
concrete historical cases such as the Holocaust and Japan’s Meiji
Restoration and a number of recent studies in cultural history.
Course requirements included 10 paperback books to be bought and a
final oral report as well as a paper of 12 pages on some aspect of
White’s work.