History | Colloquium in Cultural History
H680 | 2886 | Sandweiss

Above section meets with History H650


Where does history take place?  A growing body of literatureŚ
historical and otherwiseŚreminds us that location is more than a
backdrop to human events and actions; place is, instead, an active
agent in structuring experience.

This class encourages students to consider the application of a
range of sociological, philosophical, architectural, and
geographical theories of space and place to historical study.
Drawing from both theoretical and applied works, we will review the
literature of place as it has developed from the eighteenth century
to the present.  Historical readings will focus generally on North
America and Europe, but students will also select appropriate
readings from their particular areas of historical interest.

The semester will be divided into seven broadly topical
discussions.  For each, students will read one work in common (see
below) and select another to present individually.  Class
assignments will include brief review essays and oral presentations,
as well as regular group discussion.

Required Reading:

Cosgrove, Denis. "Social Formation and Symbolic Landscape"
(Madison:  University of Wisconsin Press, 1998); Harley, J.B. "The
New Nature of Maps:  Essays in the History of Cartography"
(Baltimore, MD:  Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001); Lefebvre,
Henri.  "The Production of Space" (Oxford; Cambridge, Mass., USA:
Blackwell, 1991); Schama, Simon.  "Landscape and Memory" (New York:
A.A. Knopf, 1995); Stilgoe, John.  "Common Landscape of America,
1580-1845" (New Haven:  Yale University Press, 1980); Page,
Max.  "The Creative Destruction of Manhatten, 1900-1940" (Chicago:
University of Chicago Press, 1999) Kubler, George.  "The Shape of
Time:  Remarks on the History of Things" (New Haven:  Yale
University Press, 1962).

Additional readings will be drawn from a list which is available
from the instructor.