HIS 383 • Knowledge of History
5:00 PM-8:00 PM
This course offers graduate students an opportunity to read thinkers of modern Europe who have influenced the way historians today approach the past. As a course in intellectual history, the readings will pay particular attention to the construction and organization of knowledge, the functions of ideology, and the production of the knowing subject. In the course we will focus simultaneously on close readings and attention to the historical contexts in which intellectual trends develop.
Seminar Paper: 80% Participation and Response Papers: 20%
Textbooks (subject to change): G. W. F. Hegel, THE PHILOSOPHY OF HISTORY (excerpts) Robert Tucker, THE MARX-ENGELS READER (excerpts) Max Weber, THE PROTESTANT ETHIC Jürgen Habermas, TECHNOLOGY AND SCIENCE AS IDEOLOGY Friedrich Nietzsche, ON THE GENEALOGY OF MORALS Michel Foucault, THE HISTORY OF SEXUALITY (VOL. 1) or DISCIPLINE AND PUNISH Jacques Derrida, WRITING AND DIFFERENCE Sigmund Freud, INTRODUCTORY LECTURES ON PSYCHOANALYSIS Haydn White, METAHISTORY Dominick LaCapra, READING HISTORY, READING TRAUMA (or Eric Santner, Stranded Objects) Slavoj Zizek, ed., MAPPING IDEOLOGY Pierre Bourdieu, HOMO ACADEMICUS