History of Historiography - STORIA DELLA STORIOGRAFIA (2020/2021)

Course code
4S003242
Name of lecturer
Gian Paolo Romagnani
Number of ECTS credits allocated
6
Other available courses
Academic sector
M-STO/02 - MODERN HISTORY
Language of instruction
Italian
Location
VERONA
Period
CuCi IB dal Nov 9, 2020 al Jan 9, 2021.

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Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The module of History of historiography aims to deepen the problems and methods that underlie the work of the historian, introducing the student to some "secrets of the trade". The course also aims to enable the student to "read critically" and "understand" a history book understood as a "product of the work of the historian".
This does not just mean knowing its contents organically, but rather breaking it down trying to grasp the following elements: a) by what problem the author is moved to write; b) what is the research path behind it; c) in what type of culture of insert (historical, political, philosophical, ideological, religious context); d) what sources were used and how; e) what methodological approaches were adopted; f) what new contribution the book led to historical discipline. At the end of the course the student will have to demonstrate to be able to overcome the manual simplifications (producers of unconscious stereotypes) and historiographical clichés, verifying on the sources and texts the best known interpretative schemes.

Syllabus

"The historiography on the Enlightenment between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The eighteenth century philosophers and that of historians"

The introductory module will be dedicated, as every year, to a general profile of the history of Western historiography from antiquity to the present day, with particular attention to the historiography of the 19th and 20th centuries.
The monographic part will deal instead with the history of the interpretations of the eighteenth century and in particular the culture of the Enlightenment between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.



Testi per l’esame:
1. Parte generale:
1.a) G. P. Romagnani, Storia della storiografia. Dall’antichità a oggi, Carocci, Roma, 2019
1.b) V. Ferrone, D. Roche, L’Illuminismo nella cultura contemporanea. Storia e storiografia, Laterza, Roma-Bari, 2002
1.c) Tutti i materiali del corso reperibili sulla pagina web del docente.

2. Approfondimenti storiografici: Un classico della storiografia sul Settecento da scegliere fra quelli trattati nel corso, con inquadramento della vita e dell’opera dell’autore e del contesto politico, culturale e storiografico nel quale è stato scritto e recepito. Questa parte può essere presentata sotto forma di eventuale tesina scritta da discutere o nell’ambito del corso o nell’ambito dell’esame.
Fra i più recenti “classici” da esaminare si propone la lettura diIl testo supera le dimensioni massime 1173/800
Texts for the exam:
1. General part:
1.a) G. P. Romagnani, Storia della storiografia. Dall'antichità a oggi, Carocci, Roma, 2019
1.b) V. Ferrone, D. Roche, L'Illuminismo nella cultura contemporanea. Storia e storiografia, Laterza, Roma-Bari, 2002
1.c) All course materials available on the teacher’s website.

2. Historiographic insights: A classic of the historiography of the eighteenth century to choose from those treated in the course, with a framework of the life and work of the author and the political, cultural and historiographical context in which it was written and received. This part may be presented in the form of a written paper to be discussed either in the course or as part of the examination.
Among the most recent "classics" to be examined is proposed the reading of:
1. F. Venturi, Utopia e riforma nell’illuminismo, Einaudi, Torino, 1970
2. L. Hunt, La forza dell’empatia. Una storia dei diritti dell’uomo, Laterza, Roma-Bari, 2010
3. V. Ferrone, Lezioni illuministiche, Laterza, Roma-Bari, 2010
4. J. Israel, Una rivoluzione della mente. L’illuminismo radicale e le origini intellettuali della democrazia moderna, Einaudi, Torino, 2011

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Lynn Hunt La forza dell’empatia. Una storia dei diritti dell’uomo Laterza 2010 9788842088820 (libro a scelta)
Vincenzo Ferrone Lezioni illuministiche Laterza 2010 9788842092520 (libro a scelta)
Vincenzo Ferrone, Daniel Roche L’Illuminismo nella cultura contemporanea. Storia e storiografia Laterza 2002 9788806240929 (libro obbligatorio)
Romagnani, Gian Paolo Storia della storiografia. Dall'antichità a oggi (Edizione 1) Carocci 2019 (manuale di base)
Jonathan Israel Una rivoluzione della mente. L’illuminismo radicale e le origini intellettuali della democrazia moderna Einaudi 2011 9788806206505 (libro a scelta)
Franco Venturi Utopia e riforma nell’ illuminismo Einaudi 1970 8806298011 (libro a scelta)

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral examination. The interview focuses on the broad lines of the history of Western historiography and on in-depth readings and aims to ascertain the student’s ability to critically read a book, identifying its historiographical implications. The exam should also ascertain: the property of language and the conscious use of historiographical categories and terms, analytical and argumentative skills, the ability to contextualize a problem and to make links between different topics; the ability to formulate new problems from the readings taken.

Examination sessions are defined as:
1. The autumn session (September)
2. The winter session (January-February)
3. Summer session (June-July)