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Performing the American Civil War

Blockseminar / Landeskunde / PS
Mi 15.4. – Fr 17.4.2009, 10-16 (Mittagspause 12-14)
Universität Freiburg, KG IV, Raum 4008


Gordon Jones
Performing the American Civil War

Today the American Civil War still serves as an historical touchstone for popular conceptions of racial identity, regionalism, war, and nationhood.  This course explores the ways in which these conceptions are acted out through battle reenactments, living history events and other historical performances in the United States and Europe.  Students will engage in critical viewing and analysis of Civil War performances with an eye toward understanding how history is created outside the classroom.   

Readings:
Selected chapters from: Tony Horwitz, Confederates in the Attic:  Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War (1998);  Jenny Thompson, War Games:  Inside the World of 20th Century War Reenactors  (2004);  Gordon Jones, "Gut History:  Civil War Reenacting and the Making of an American Past" [Ph.D. dissertation] (2007).  Also, Jessica Yu, Men of Reenaction [one-hour video documentary] (1994).


Bemerkung:
Block seminar excursion on April 18th, and attendance of the conference April 23-25

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