This fall semester, I am teaching “Philosophy of History and Historiography,” the course our graduate students are required to take, preferably in their first semester. I love teaching this course, as I genuinely enjoy helping students decipher theory and historiography, two of my abiding scholarly interests.
Below is the list of required texts, imperfectly categorized:
Robert C. Tucker, ed., The Marx-Engels Reader, second edition
E. P. Thompson, The Making Of The English Working Class
Sigmund Freud, Civilization and Its Discontents
Norman O. Brown, Life Against Death: The Psychoanalytical Meaning of History
Michel Foucault, Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison
Hayden White, Content Of The Form: Narrative Discourse and Historical Representation
Frantz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks
Dipesh Chakrabarty, Provincializing Europe: Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference
Joan Wallach Scott, Gender and The Politics Of History
Judith Butler, Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity
Terry Eagleton, After Theory
I have a request for you, dear reader. In addition to these books, I would like to generate a selected bibliography for each of these categories, and more. I would also like to assign a few supplemental articles about the philosophy of history and historiography more generally. And I plan to have the students watch a few films. As such, I am very interested in your suggestions. Books, articles, films? Thanks!