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Laurie J Sears
HIST 590
Seattle Campus

Topics in History

Seminar on selected topics in general history, with special emphasis on preparation for field examinations. Topics vary according to interests of students and instructor.

Class description

The course this quarter will investigate questions of psychoanalysis, trauma, and colonialism through the work of Kaja Silverman, Ranjana Khanna, Judith Butler, S. Freud, Nicolas Abraham and Maria Torok, F. Fanon, Ayu Utami, Marguerite Duras, J. Lacan, G. Agamben, and Charles Taylor. We will look at questions of history and memory, trauma and archives, and memory and subjectivity. Examples will be drawn from experiences of colonialism in North Africa, French Indochina, and postcolonial Indonesia.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

The readings for this seminar will include selected works of S. Freud, R. Khanna, J. Butler, F. Fanon, K. Silverman, J. Lacan, N. Abraham and M. Torok, M. Duras and others. We will read 2 literary works.

Participation in class discussion, written work, final research proposal.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Laurie J Sears
Date: 01/05/2010