Becoming a Historian
– Becoming a historian requires a lot of different skills and first starts with becoming familiar with the work place. Such as one, must receive the proper funds to keep a historical building alive by grant writing and educating the community by using good public speaking skills. Also, I must sharpen your researching skills to set up displays, and proper training before starting the archive process. Sandy, the curator, gave me a tour of the Milford Historical Society. I moved some needed books form one place to another in the Bryan-Down house….
What Is the Task of the Historian?
– … There are many logical fallacies in historical knowledge as well for example there is this notion that “history is written by the winners” which stems from nationalism. Each country will have it’s own encounter of what happened throughout history because patriotic sentiment will get in the way of the objective truth. Another fallacy often encountered is simplification and quantification in order to arrive at some sort of patterns. Historians are often susceptible to taking years of historical data, and over simplifying and manipulating it, to suit some extraneous requirement….
Iris Chang: The History of a Historian
– Iris Chang, a late twentieth century Chinese American historian who researched the experiences of Chinese Americans throughout history, committed suicide in November 2004. A few years later, her once close friend, Paula Kamen, decided to research the possible causes for Iris’s seemly abrupt death and published a small biography of her. The biography, Finding Iris Chang: Friendship, Ambition, and the Loss of an Extraordinary Mind, was an effort to quell misconceptions of Iris’s apparent sudden death and depict her personal life by using the accounts of various people Chang interacted with….
An Argument in Defense of Historian Carlo Ginzburg
– … Remnants of pagan, borderline heretical ideas passed down orally from generation to generation were at least in part responsible for his ideas. As Anne Jacobson Schutte claims, “Creatively tracing the connections (often circuitous and out of context) between the texts Menocchio read and the ideas he developed, Ginzburg shows that early modern popular culture was neither completely isolated from nor totally dependent upon high culture” (Schutte 218). Kaspar von Greyerz agrees, claiming that Ginzburg’s interpretation strengthens the “Theory of the ‘Circularity’ of high and low cultures, and validates his criticism of earlier research on popular culture” (Greyersz 116)….
Intertextual Exchange in Carmilla, Dracula and the Historian
– “Writers seldom duplicate their influential precursor(s); rather, they often work within a certain framework established by other writers or generic conventions, but vary aspects of it in significant ways.” (Clayton, 155). Sheridan Le Fanu’s, Carmilla, Bram Stoker’s, Dracula and Elizabeth Kostova’s, The Historian, clearly engage in this intertextual exchange, as evidenced by their use of narrative structure, striking character parallels and authors choice of language. Published in 1872, Le Fanu relates the story of Carmilla from a first person point of view, through four distinct perspectives….