History Fall 2012 Course Atlas

For information on registration, preregistration, and days and times, please refer to the Registrar's Schedule of Courses.

History 508: Revolutionary France, 1750-1815

Miller; MAX:12; Monday 1:00-4:00

History 510: 20th Century Europe & the Problem of Historical Generations

Amdur; MAX:12; Thursday, 4:00-7:00

History 532P: American Intellectual History


Paper-writing section taken after History 532.  Written permission of instructor required.

History 561P:  Topics in Modern Latin American History: Brazilian Race and Ethnicity in Comparative Perspective


Paper-writing section taken after History 561R.  Written permission of instructor required.
History 562R: Themes & Approaches in Latin American History: New Paradigms and Old Trends (Same as ANT 585/ILA 790)

Lesser; MAX:6; Tuesday 1:00-4:00

Content:  This course is designed to provide participants with methodological and topical appoarches to Latin American history via a series of thematic themes spanning the region's colonial and modern periods.  The themes capture both traditional and new approaches to the region's rich past.  Analytical concerns revolve around the relationship between methdology and empirical conclusions and how scholars' shifting intellectual and political agendas have led them to integrate different disciplinary approaches (such as literary and anthropological) into the study of history.

Texts: We will read a combination of "canonical" and newer works in the field, frequently at the rate of two monographs per week.

History 566: African Historiography

Crais; MAX:12; Wednesday 1:00-4:00

Content: The primary goal of this seminar is to work towards a critical understanding of, and engagement with, how various publics have emerged around imagining the African past. We will explore the conceptual practices shaping historical production, the ways scholars have framed and reframed questions on and about the past. An important challenge will be to work towards envisioning unexpected questions, unanticipated histories. A secondary goal of the seminar is to prepare advanced students preparing for field exams and who anticipate researching and teaching about Africa. While focused especially on the past, the seminar is in essence interdisciplinary, though we will have occasion to consider what is meant, and what is left unsaid, by the word ¿discipline¿.

History 583: Introduction to Advanced Historical Research

Melton; MAX:12; Tuesday 4:00-7:00

Content: The goals of this course are (1) to introduce students to the influential paradigms that, though often tracing back to earlier scholarship, continue to animate and shape historical research and writing today; (2) to make students more aware of assumptions and preconceptions that precede hours in the archives and at the writing table; (3) to introduce some conceptual milestones in history and cognate disciplines and understand how their practitioners have wrestled with questions of research, analysis, interpretation and presentation; (4) to explore key ethical and professional issues confronted by historians in their writing and research.  

History 585-001: Special Topics in History: Ancient Slavery



History 585-002: Special Topics in HIstory: American Cultural History

Goldstein; MAX:12; Wednesday 12:00-3:00

Course Description: This course will explore the major themes in the field of U.S. cultural history, including both foundational texts and more recent works of influence. In surveying the field, it will introduce students to various interpretive theories¿many of which originate outside the discipline of history¿that are now regularly employed in the analysis of historical texts and discourses. Emphasis will be placed on using cultural approaches to understand how social relations in the United States from the colonial era to the present have been informed by racial, ethnic, gender, and class identities. Among the cultural arenas we will explore and interpret in depth are print culture, mass or "popular" culture, consumer culture, religious culture, cultural hierarchy, landscapes, and the built environment. Although the course focuses on U.S. history, students interested in other parts of the world will find many of its theoretical and methodological insights applicable to their own fields of study.

Texts: Texts for this course include: Ann Douglas, The Feminization of American Culture; Rhys Isaac, The Transformation of Virginia; Lawrence Levine, Black Culture and Black Consciousness and Highbrow/Lowbrow; George Lipsitz, Time Passages: Collective Memory and American Popular Culture; Robert Orsi, The Madonna of 115th Street: Faith and Community in Italian Harlem; Cathy Peiss, Cheap Amusements: Working Women and Leisure in Turn-of-the-Century New York; David Roediger, Working Toward Whiteness: How America's Immigrants Became White; Michael Warner, The Letters of the Republic: Publication and the Public Sphere in Eighteenth-Century America; and several articles on e-reserve.

Particulars: Each student will be required to help set the agenda and facilitate the discussion for one class session, as well as complete two written assignments. The first paper is a 5-7 page review of one set of readings. The second paper is a 15-20 page close analysis of one or more primary sources in which students put into practice one of the interpretive approaches we have discussed in class.

History 585-003: Special Topics in History: Topics in African American History to 1877

Harris; MAX:12; Monday 4:00-7:00

History 585-004: Special Topcs in History: Subalternity and Difference (Same as ANT 585/ILA 70/WGS 585)

Pandey/Knauft; MAX:4; Thursday 1:00-4:00

Content: Focusing on concepts that have been central to writings on the history, society, and culture of marginalized, subordinated and disenfranchised populations, we set out in this course to investigate how notions of subalternity and difference intersect with, enable, or complicate one another in different times and places.  The seminar is centrally concerned with a question that critical theorists, feminists and other oppositional movements have raised, of how modern societies and states take account of, and manage, social, economic and cultural difference.  We shall examine at the same time how disadvantaged and subalternized groups -- women, blacks, dalits, ethnic minorities, conquered indigenous peoples, migrants and unsettled populations -- have in their turn deployed the category of difference to provoke a re-arrangement, if not an overturning, of prevailing structures of power.  The historical and ethnographic texts we read will explore the production of conditions of marginality and minority, subalternity and difference, across time and space.

Texts:  The readings will be drawn from a variety of experiences and disciplines across various world areas and will include texts such as Frantz Fanon's Black Skins, White Masks; Gayatri Spivak's A Critique of Postcolonial Reason; Dipesh Chakrabarty's Provincializing Europe; Carolyn Steedman's Landscape for a Good Woman; David Harvey's A Brief History of Neoliberalism; Peter Geschiere's The Perils of Belonging; Patterson and Macintyre's Managing Modernity in the Western Pacific; and Gyanendra Pandey, ed., Subalternity and Difference: Investigations from the North and the South.

History 585: Special Topics in History: History of History of Religions (Same as MESAS 570/RLHS 738)

Cornell; MAX:5; Monday 3:00-6:00

Content: This course will critically assess the discipline of the History of Religions (Religionsgeschichte) in the context of Western intellectual history.  Topics to be covered will include: historicism and the Philosophy of Religion; Linguistics, Philology, and the History of Religions; Orientalism, Occidentalism and the History of Religions; ideologies of origin and race; primitivism and the quest for authenticity; nationalism and the History of Religions; Phenomenology and the problem of comparison; the problem of mysticism; Traditionalism and Perennialism; the influence of the History of Religions on religious reform in the Non-Western world.

Course Requirements: Regular class attendance; in-class presentations on assigned topics (30%); a written critical review of a theoretical work in Religious Studies (15 pages, 30%); A 20 to 25-page research paper on a theoretical problem in the History of Religions (40%)

Likely Required Texts: Taylor, Mark C. Ed., Critical Terms for Religious Studies; Kippenberg, Hans G., Discovering Religious History in the Modern Age; Arvidsson, Stefan, Aryan Idols: Indo-European Mythology as Ideology and Science; Wasserstrom, Steven M., Religion after Religion: Gershom Scholem, Mircea Eliade, and Henry Corbin at Eranos; Sedgwick, Mark, Against the Modern World: Traditionalism and the Secret Intellectual History of the Twentieth Century; Kripal, Jeffrey J., Roads of Excess, Palaces of Wisdom: Eroticism and Reflexivity in the Study of Mysticism; Bhatt, Chetan,

History 585: Passing in America (Same as ILA 790)

Prude; MAX: 10; Thursday 4:00-7:00

Content: What does it mean for people to transform themselves in a society devoted to both self-improvement and authenticity, reinvention and sincerity?  When is acquiring a new identity permissible and commendable?  When is it dangerous and subversive?  Who decides?  Under the broad flag of "passing," this seminar will explore such questions as they unfolded in America from colonial times to the present and amidst venturings across boundaries of class, race, ethnicity, and gender.  Materials for the course will include primary and secondary sources, fiction and nonfiction, texts, images, and film.


History 585P: Special Topics in History: Global History


Paper-writing section taken after History 585-000.  Written permission of instructor required.

History 585P: Special Topics in History: Empire and Its Dissolutions


Paper-writing section taken after History 585-001.  Written permission of instructor required.

History 585P: Special Topics in History: Era of the American Revolution


Paper-writing section taken after History 585-002.  Written permission of instructor required.

History 585P: Special Topics in History: German Historiographic after 1945


Paper-writing section taken after History 585-004.  Written permission of instructor required. History 596R-00P: Special Studies

Written Permission of Instructor Required

History 596R: Special Studies

Faculty; MAX:12; TBA

Attendance in an undergraduate course with satisfactory completion of those course requirements as well as additional graduate-level assignments as required by the instructor.

History 597R-00P: Directed Reading


Written Permission of Instructor Required

History 599R:  Research


Content: Variable credit.  For M.A.-level students

History 786A: Intro to College Teaching

Faculty; MAX:15; Tuesday 4:00-7:00


Content: This course is a practical introduction to college teaching, following up on the summer TATTO course.  We will orient the course toward various tasks and problems normally encountered in teaching for the first time at the university level. Assignments include developing a syllabus and essay exams, giving practice talks, and so forth. We will work in various combinations such as pairs and small groups to maximize feedback and give additional hands-on experience.

History 786B-00P: Introduction to College Teaching

Written permission of instructor required: MUST BE TAKEN S/U

Content: The student works with a member of the department in conducting a course, including given an occasional lecture or leading a discussion group.  This course must be taken S/U.

History 799R: Advanced Research


Content: Variable credit (1 to 12 hours).  Designed to give doctoral students opportunity for individual research on their dissertation topics.  Credit for this course will normally be given only after completion of 32 hours of work in 500-level courses in the doctoral program.

For the most up-to-date information on registration, preregistration, days and times, please refer to the Registrar's Schedule of Courses;