History 187 - Fall 2004
Acland Seminar Room
Office: Seitz 5
Seminar: History and Memory in
Course Description: How do we remember and whose memories become
history? This seminar will look at the
relationship among history, memory and remembering in
Course Requirements: Students will complete several research projects about a topic of their choice within the thematic area of our class. The assignments are: 1) a Portfolio Project (described below), 2) an Annotated Bibliography, 3) a Primary Source Analysis, as well as 4) a Presentation on the topic at our final class Conference.
Portfolio Project: each student will select a theme or issue raised by the readings and then, using the library’s resources, will find at least 3 scholarly articles about that theme. Using these new articles as well as the original assignments from class, the student will write a paper (7 pages) on the topic they chose. The entire “portfolio” will be handed in: a description of the theme with the assignments it was drawn from, copies of all of the scholarly articles, as well as the student’s own paper.
Class Participation/Attendance: are mandatory; we are covering a wide amount of material and will be moving quickly. In addition, students should be prepared to discuss the themes and issues raised in the readings. Please email me if you are going to miss class or have missed a class. Missing more than 2 classes will affect your grade.
Grading: Class Participation (all semester) 200 points
Research Presentation (last class) 200 points
Portfolio Project (Oct. 21) 200 points
Annotated Bibliography (last class) 200 points
Primary Source Analysis (Nov. 18) 200 points
TOTAL = 1000 points
Policies: All graded work must be handed in hard copy to me. No emailed attachments will be graded. Late work will be marked down one-third of a grade per day unless you have a valid reason and have gotten an extension from me in advance of the due-date.
Required texts are available for purchase at the bookstore:
Other readings will be available on-line, on reserve at Olin Library and in Seitz House, or will be handed out in class. Note that many articles are available through EJC, JSTOR, or Ebscohost, electronic databases to which Kenyon subscribes. You can access these articles from any network computer through the LBIS website.
Library: We will schedule an opportunity for you to meet Mary Stettner, the history department liaison in the library. Mary’s hours at the reference desk are: Mondays -- 10am-12pm and Thursdays -- 6pm-10pm. You may also email her at any time for help with history resources and ask any other librarians to help you. Mary’s email is: email@example.com.
Note: If you have a disability and therefore may need some sort of accommodation(s) in order to fully participate in this class, please let me know. In addition, you will need to contact Erin Salva, Coordinator of Disability Services (x5145). Ms. Salva has the authority and expertise to decide what accommodations are appropriate and necessary for you.
September 2: Introduction
September 9: How we Remember/Where is
***Library Information Session with Mary Stettner***
September 16: Myths of Greatness and Defeat
September 23: Nations and Nation States
· Cynthia Paces, “Rotating Spheres: Gendered Commemorative Practice At The 1903 Jan Hus Memorial Festival In Prague,” Nationalities Papers 28/3 (Sept. 2000), 523 – 539, available online through CONSORT/Ebscohost.
“A Hungarian Cult: Queen Elisabeth
September 30: WWI and End of Empire
Richard Bessel, “The Great War in German Memory: The
Soldier of the First World War, Demobilization and
October 7: The Gathering Storm
October 14: Holocaust and Memory I – National Memory
October 21: Holocaust and Memory II – Oral History
***Portfolio Project Due***
October 28: Remembering Soviet-Style
November 4: State Socialism – Part I
November 11: State Socialism – Part II
November 18: The Rebirth of History? Memory, History and Nostalgia
***Primary Source Analysis Due***
· Articles about Bruno Schulz murals (handouts/electronic).
· Hoffmann, Eva. “Life Stories East and West,” Yale Review, 88/1 (January 2000), 1-19
· Zsuzsanna Kőrösi and Andrienne Molnár, Carrying a Secret in my Heart… Children of the Victims of the Reprisals after the Hungarian Revolution in 1956. An Oral History: “The Turnaround” and “The Legacy,” (pp. 117-148).
· Svetlana Boym, “Nostalgia and Post-Communist Memory,” in The Future of Nostalgia (on Reserve).
November 25: THANKSGIVING BREAK
December 9: Last Class – Conference
***Annotated Bibliography and Presentation Due***