History 339: 20th Century East European Life Stories - Fall 2005
Treleaven Seminar Room/Thursday 1:10-4:00pm
Professor Eliza Ablovatski
Office Hours: M 2-4:30pm, Th 9:30am-noon, and by appointment
Telephone: x5892 / Office: Seitz 5
Surviving the Twentieth Century and Telling the Story
Course Website available at: segue.kenyon.edu
Course Description: The 20th Century was one of violence,
political upheaval and disaster for
Course Requirements: Students will complete several research projects about topics related to the readings for the class. Individually and in pairs, students will research the historical and historiographical backgrounds of the countries and events described in the memoirs we will read. Students will sign up for these in-class presentations. The historical presenters for the week will also be responsible for answering the background questions submitted by the other seminar members. These submissions (required for those not presenting) will be posted to the course website at segue.kenyon.edu. In addition, each student will select an additional work of autobiography, memoir, fiction or film for a final paper. This final paper will compare and contrast the chosen work with readings from the semester as well as put the chosen work into its historical and historiographical context.
Historical Research Presentations: each student will be responsible for presentations at least twice during the semester. This presentation must be discussed with the professor more than a week in advance and must be based on at least 5 secondary (or in some cases also primary) sources. The student will hand in to the professor a written version of the report given orally in class, and is responsible for creating a handout to give to the other seminar members. The handout and the oral report should address questions raised by seminar member. The report given to the professor should be polished and edited, include a full bibliography, and be at least 7 pages in length (about 15 minutes if read aloud).
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 for any reason will affect your grade.
Grading: Professionalism 20%
Final Paper 25%
Posting Questions 15%
Presentations (at least 2) 40%
Professionalism: This is a seminar, based on discussion of shared readings and films. The seminar will only be as strong as your participation. All students are expected to attend class, attend the outside film screenings, and be active participants in the discussion. Students are expected to learn and follow the norms of historical scholarship, as well as the Kenyon Honor Code. They should show respect to classmates and the professor, turn in all work on time, address problems as they arise, locate the readings ahead of class or alert the library staff or professor if they have trouble finding them, and attend all out of class film screenings. Students should bring all assigned reading (print out a copy of online sources) with them to class to aid in discussion. All graded work must be handed in hard copy to me. No emailed attachments will be graded.
Honor Code and
Lateness Policy: Please read the
Required texts are available for purchase at the bookstore:
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 1: Introduction
September 8: Memory and History
September 15: Russian Revolution
· Anna Bek, The Life Of A Russian Woman Doctor: A Siberian Memoir, 1869-1954
September 22: Stalinism – Early
September 29: Stalinism – Great Terror
October 6: Holocaust -
· Imre Kertesz, Fatelessness
October 13: Holocaust -
October 20: Holocaust – Ukraine/Poland
October 27: Holocaust and Exile
November 4-9: Film: “Father” (István Szabó)
November 10: Post-WWII Stalinism
November 24: THANKSGIVING BREAK
December 8: Last Class – presentation of final paper topics