Historiography of the Middle Ages


) To characterize the global evolution of the disciplinary tradition
b) To identify the historiographical groups by theme / epoch/ method
c) To teach the use of online resources of research centres, specialized presses, congresses and seminaries, in order to characterize the current research
d) To teach how to define a study programme in the area/ subject/ conceptual vision of the historiography concerning the Middle Ages, comprising the “state of the art” and the debate of future research
e) To teach methods of written and oral exposition of the scientific research

General characterization





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Weekly - 3 letivas + 1 tutorial

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AURELL, Jaume - La escritura de la memoria. De los positivismos a los postmodernismos. Valencia: Publicacions Universitat de Valencia, 2005
-CLASSEN, A. (ed.) - Handbook of Medieval Studies: Terms Methods Trends. Berlim/ Nova Iorque: De Gruyter, 2010 (3 vols.)
- ARNOLD, John H. - What Is Medieval History? Londres: Polity Press, 2007.
- BULL, Marcus - Thinking Medieval: An Introduction to the Study of the Middle Ages. Nova Iorque: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005
-CLASSEN, A. (ed.) - Handbook of Medieval Studies: Terms Methods Trends. Berlim/ Nova Iorque: De Gruyter, 2010 (3 vols.)

Teaching method

- 50% of theoretical classes (oral explanation of the syllabus)
- 50% practical classes (classroom reading, analysis and debate of historiographical texts and historical sources; oral presentations by the students, commented by the teacher)
In class teaching

Evaluation method

An individual written essay (15 - 20 pp) on one theoretical issue of current historiography on the Middle Ages, and its presentation in class (respectively 85% - 15%)

Subject matter

1. Historiographical Turn and critical historiography

2. Research in Medieval History (c 1970-c.2010.): Overview

3. Current topics and problems of historiographical thought about the Middle Ages

3.1. The question of the \"grand narrative\": pre-modern, non-modernity, modernity. The issue of periodization
3.2. \"Decolonizing the Middle Ages.\" The application of postcolonial studies to the study of Middle. Ages. The \"global history\", the \"Middle Ages outside Europe\"
3.3. Anthropological History of the Middle Ages
3.4. The historical sources and the archive
3.5. The \"literary sources\" - textual analysis, from the \"linguistic turn\" to \"cultural Medieval studies\"
3.6. The \"medievalism\".


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