Into the Archive: The Art and Craft of History

This seminar introduces advanced graduate students to the art and craft of history (historical research methods and writing) by way of select methodological and theoretical works, tour-de-force monographs, literary reflections, and actual archival materials in printed, manuscript, and digital forms. Put another way, it is a course about learning to read critically the (mostly written) products of the past before we write about them. Students will write 3 short comparative essays and an archival paper of c.20-25pp.