History and Textuality explores how history and literary studies operate as distinct fields of intellectual inquiry. It examines some of the chief methods that historians and literary scholars use; the kinds of knowledge or understanding they produce; and particularly the ways in which that knowledge or understanding is shaped by its textuality.
The module comprises five units:
Unit 1 (weeks 1-5): What is History?
Core text: Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities (1859)
Unit 2 (weeks 7-10): What is literary history?
Core text: Mary Shelley, Frankenstein (1818)
Re-cap and introduction to term 2 (week 11) - lecture slides
Unit 3 (weeks 12-14): What is cultural memory?
Core text: Alison Bechdel, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic (2006)
Unit 4 (weeks 15-19): Where is history going?
Core text: W.G. Sebald, The Rings of Saturn (1995)
Unit 5 (weeks 20-22): Angels of History
Week 23: Revision