• Historical Discourse

    106 | CCN: 77863

    History of the Everyday

    Date / Time: MW 4-530P, 209 DWINELLE

    4 Units

    Throughout the twentieth century the notion of the “Everyday” came to describe a fundamental category of modern existence. This class will engage with the histories and theories of everyday life. It will do so by introducing you to the main approaches to this field: the writings of the historian and ethnographer Hubert Howe Bancroft, the psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, the historian and religious scholar Michel de Certeau, Italian microstoria, the British History Workshop movement, and German Alltagsgeschichte.
    The course will combine lecture, discussion, and seminar elements. In addition we will make field trips to Bancroft library, where you will also have the chance to work with archival material from the original Bancroft collection on the history of the material and popular culture and everyday life in California.
    Your final project will be an applied analysis of some aspects of the history and theory of everyday life, read through archival materials of the Bancroft collection; this archive is one of a kind and is the home of the most exiting stories about the American West (for more information see: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/info/history.html).

    Readings will include texts by Hubert Howe Bancroft, Michel de Certeau, Lucien Febvre, Sigmund Freud, Clifford Geertz, Carlo Ginzburg, Eduardo Grendi, Henri, Lefebvre, Alf Lüdtke, Detlev Peukert, Paul Rabinow, Raphael Samuel, Carolyn Steedman, and Laurel Thatcher Ulrich.