REL 524.001

Past and Present

T | 1:30-3:20

PRH 210

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Discussions of the past, whether of ancient history or an event last week, involve present interests. This seminar considers critical theory related to historical and ethnographic descriptions and develops creative strategies, informed by literature and historiography, to describe the past that incorporate insights about the role of the present in the past.

Steven Ramey

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    Tuesday, 11-12 noon PRH 211 and by appointment.

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cover of novel Trinity

Hall, Louisa
Ecco, 2018

Book cover of The Atlas of Reds and Blues

Laskar, Devi
Atlas of Reds and Blues
Penguin 2020

Routine Violence book cover

Pandey, Gyanendra
Routine Violence: Nations, Fragments, Histories
Stanford University Press, 2005

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Online Readings

Blackboard Other texts will be available through the Blackboard course site.