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Curriculum

The MA in History and Literature is a one-year program, with courses from September to June, and an MA essay normally written during the summer following coursework. A total of 30 credits are necessary to earn the degree: 24 credits for coursework, and 6 credits for the MA essay. The degree is comprised of the following modules:

1. Two core courses taught at Reid Hall (Columbia’s Paris campus):

  • Introduction to History and Literature (3 pts). A historical and conceptual introduction to the relationship between history and literature.
  • Research Seminar (3 pts). Initiation to archival, bibliographical, and philological work, with hands-on sessions in libraries and archives, and designing of a research project.

2. Three electives taught at Reid Hall (3 pts each).

3. Three electives taught at EHESS and/or ENS (3 pts each).

4. An MA essay of no fewer than 50 pages (6 pts).

 

2013-2014 COURSES

1. COURSES OFFERED AT REID HALL:

HILI G4002. Introduction to History and Literature. 3 pts. Fall. Kathy Eden (bio). A historical and conceptual introduction to the relationship between history and literature.

HILI G8338. The Archival Imagination. 3 pts. Fall. Brent Edwards (bio). This seminar will take up the proposition that the archive is not only the emblematic institution of historical preservation — the privileged repository of the material documentation of the past — but also an inspiration and model for literary innovation.

HILI G8400. Research Seminar. 3 pts. Spring. Elisabeth Ladenson (bio). Initiation to archival, bibliographical, and philological work, with hands-on sessions in libraries and archives, and designing of a research project.

HILI G8xxx. Legacies of the First World War: History, Memory, Literature. 3 pts. Spring. Sylvie Aprile (bio). Are writers the best historians of the First World War? The works of soldier-writers were the first to offer accounts of the experience of the war and they permeated the historiography of the conflict. The role of fiction and testimony have been the object of debates and controversies that this course seeks to historicize and understand in context.

 

2. SELECTED COURSES AT EHESS:

N.B.: This is not an exhaustive list, just a sample of offerings likely to be of interest to students in the HILI program. Many more options are available, and Associate Director of Studies Christine Valero advises students in the choice of courses depending on their research interests.

Les origines de la révolution française. Patrice Gueniffey

Les Usages sociaux de la littérature XIX ème – XX ème siècles.  Judith Lyon-Caen (bio)

Approches politiques du religieux.  Patrick Michel

Historiographie ancienne et moderne: la temporalisation du temps. François Hartog (bio)

Littérature et connaissance. Pascal Engel

L’homme du vertige, de Kafka à Michaux. Marielle Macé (bio)

Historiographie des Lumières. Antoine Lilti (bio) et Silvia Sebastiani (bio)

Histoire culturelle de l’Europe moderne. Antoine Lilti et Silvia Sebastiani

L’histoire en question. Roger Chartier (bio)

Ecrire l’histoire du XXème au XXIème siècle.  Marc-Oliver Baruch et Emmanuel Saint Fuscien

Anthropologie de l’art: réception et appropriation des œuvres. Brigitte Derlon

Travail intellectuel et écritures politiques à l’époque moderne. Christian Jouhaud (bio) et Dinah Ribard (bio)

L’histoire comparée et les migrations contemporaines. Nancy L. Green.

 

3. SELECTED COURSES AT ENS:

N.B.: This is not an exhaustive list, just a sample of offerings likely to be of interest to students in the HILI program. Many more options are available, and Associate Director of Studies Christine Valero advises students in the choice of courses depending on their research interests.

Questions de théorie littéraire: théories post-coloniales. Dominique Combe (bio)

Histoire de la critique et des théories littéraires. Dominique Combe

Littérature, langue, langage. Dominique Combe

Par delà le cadre national: connexions, circulations et interactions en histoire modern.  Rahul Markovits

Histoire et mémoire du nazisme.  Marie Benédicte Vincent

Construction de l'histoire littéraire. Marielle Macé (bio) et Michel Murat (bio)

Approches de la poésie contemporaine : le poème et le réel. Michel Murat

Géopolitique des avant-gardes, Beatrice Joyeux-Prunel

Traumatisme et écriture. Susannah Mary Ellis

Robinson Crusoe et ses réécritures. Marc Porée

Romantisme et révolution. Marc Porée

Hegel et la philosophie de l’histoire. Florian Nicomède

La philosophie entre la guerre et la paix: 1913-1945. Marc Crepon et Frederic Worms

Quand le cinéma pense la politique.  Marc Crepon et Françoise Zamour

 

 

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