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DHIS 2355A - Historiography and Film

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

This class will examine the twists and turns of American historiography, setting out a guide to the landscape of history writing, and examining its evolution in constructing national identity. American history writing begins in Europe, and moves west with immigration and settlement. History as a tool of republic-building grew over the 19th century, but in a top-down version that told romanticized stories of political leaders and their great deeds. Toward the end of the 20th century, American history exploded into a fragmentation of social, cultural, and economic histories, only to then find itself floating in a new trend of transatlantic and transnational histories, which re-inserted America in a wider world. History also is constructed through film, television and media other than text, and we will be taking a closer look at how our ideas about historical events have been shaped through film.


HAMPTON, Ellen (Enseignante)

Required reading

"Margaret MacMillan, The Uses and Abuses of History, Surrey: Profile Books, 2010 (paperback UK edition, 170 pp)