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Jacqueline Jones, Chair 128 Inner Campus Dr., Stop B7000, GAR 1.104 Austin, TX 78712-1739 • 512-471-3261

Spring 2009

HIS 382L • History and Memory

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Course Description

What does the Alamo mean to you? What of the Civil War? And the March on Washington? These and other questions will be explored in this course designed to study the problems of theory and method in "doing" the history of memory. We will study important themes in the field in the following way: a) The first segment will be devoted to major themes in the field of historical memory; b) the second segment will overlap with the first to tackle the problems of theory and method in the study of history and memory; and c) the third and last segment will focus on case studies from particular African and European countries, as well as the United States. The course will draw upon the participation of experts in regions outside of African history here at UT, affording us a unique opportunity to do a rigorous comparative analysis of history and memory as experienced in different regions of the world. Students will work on individual research projects on a topic of their choice which they will discuss with the instructor after the first segment of the course. This course fulfills the requirement for a Substantial Writing Component Course. Welcome to the University of Texas at Austin!

Grading Policy

Class attendance and discussions (including online), 20%; Reflection Papers on the Readings (1-2 pages each) 30%; Research Presentation (5%); Peer-Review Comments, 5%; Final Research Essay (30%), a 15-20 page paper.


Jan Vansina, Oral Tradition as History Susan Geiger, TANU Women: Gender and Culture in the Making of Tanganyika Carolyn Hamilton, Terrific Majesty: The Powers of Shaka Zulu and the Limits of Historical Invention Zakes Mda, The Heart of Redness Eric Hobsbawm and Terence Ranger, The Invention of Tradition Maurice Halbwachs, On Collective Memory (Lewis Coser, ed. and trans.) Henry Rousso, The Vichy Syndrome: History and Memory in France since 1944 Richard R. Flores, Remembering the Alamo: Memory, Modernity, and the Master Symbol David Blight, Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory Reading Packet (online or from the Co-op)


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