Week 5 Roll Call

This is a first for the term so far: I’m getting out my reading list before the week I tackle it, rather than after. I’m thinking some congratulations are due to myself. Two of my classes aren’t meeting this week (one reason I have time to post this now), and we’re reviewing preliminary prospectuses (i?) for another, so, all in all, a lighter reading week. With my abundant “free time”, I hope to do some significant catch-up and maybe even some getting ahead. So, without further ado, this week’s reading list:

Research Seminar in United States History

Tomlinson, Barbara, and George Lipsitz. “American Studies as Accompaniment.” American Quarterly 65, no. 1 (2013): 1-30.

Women in Arabic Literature

Ghada Samman, The Square Moon: Supernatural Tales (excerpts)

Sahar Tawfiq, Points of the Compass (excerpts)

Hanan al-Shaykh, Only in London (excerpts)


What readings do you have this week? What do you do with a week of “rest”?

Week 4 Roll Call

Week 4’s Roll Call is a week late. But, for those who are interested in what I did read, here it is.

Historical Scholarship of the Modern Middle East

Gokalp, Ziya. The Principles of Turkism. E.J. Brill: Leiden, Netherlands, 1968.

Antonius, George. The Arab Awakening. New York: Capricorn Books, 1965.

Research Seminar in United States History
This week’s theme: The Archive and the Subaltern

Alvarez, Luis. “On Race, Riots, and Infrapolitics in Wartime Los Angeles.” French Review of American Studies 131 (2012): 20-32.

Bastian, Jeannette A. “The Records of Memory, the Archives of Identity: Celebrations, Texts and Archival Sensibilities.” Archival Science 13 (2013): 121-131.

Guha, Ranajit. “The Prose of Counter-Insurgency.” In Ranajit Guha, ed., Subaltern Studies: Writings on South Asian History and Society, volume 2. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1983, 1-42.

Howard, John. “The Politics of Dancing under Japanese American Incarceration.” History Workshop Journal 52 (2001): 123-151.

Johnson, Walter. “On Agency.” Journal of Social History 37 (2003): 113-124.

Portelli, Alesandro. “What Makes Oral History Different.” In Robert Perks and Alistair Thomas, eds., The Oral History Reader. London: Routledge, 1998, 63-74.

Ramírez, Catherine. “Saying Nothin’: Pachucas and the Language of Resistance.” Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies 27, no. 3 (2006): 1-33.

History and Theory

Fieldhouse, David. “Can Humpty-Dumpty Be Put Together Again? Imperial History in the 1980s.” The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History 12, no. 2 (1984): 9-23.

Ghosh, Durba. “Another Set of Imperial Turns?” The American Historical Review 117, no. 3 (2012): 772-793.

Said, Edward. “Orientalism Reconsidered.” Race & Class 27, no. 1 (1987): 1-15.

Thompson, James. “Modern Britain and the New Imperial History.” History Compass 5, no. 2 (2007): 455-462.

Wolfe, Patrick. “History and Imperialism: A Century of Theory, from Marx to Postcolonialism.” The American Historical Review 102, no. 2 (1997): 388-420.

Women in Arabic Literature

Leila Abouzeid, Year of the Elephant: A Moroccan Woman’s Journey Toward Independence, and other stories (excerpts)

Anyone read any of these? Be well.

Week 3 Roll Call

Hello again, all. Here’s the reading list for this week (luckily, I’ve already read all these and it’s on to the next!). Enjoy!

Historical Scholarship of the Modern Middle East

Anderson, Benedict. Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism. London: Verso, 1983.

Hodgson, Marshall. The Venture of Islam: Conscience and History in a World Civilization vol. 1. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1974. (Introduction only)

Research Seminar in United States History

Anjal, Arondkar. “Without a Trace: Sexuality and the Colonial Archive.” Journal of the History of Sexuality 14, no. 1-2 (Jan-April 2005): 10-27.

Brown, Richard, and Beth Davis-Brown. “The Making of Memory: The Politics of Archives, Libraries, and Museums in the Construction of National Consciousness.” History of the Human Sciences 11, no. 4 (November 1998): 17-32.

Dick, Lyle. “The 1942 Same-Sex Trials in Edmonton: On the State’s Repression of Sexual Minorities, Archives, and Human Rights in Canada.” Archivaria 68 (Fall 2009): 183-217.

Dominy, Graham. “Overcoming the Apartheid Legacy: The Special Case of the Freedom Charter.” Archival Science 13, no. 2-3 (June 2013): 195-205.

Gutiérrez, Rámon. “Women on Top: The Love Magic of the Indian Witches of New Mexico.” Journal of the History of Sexuality 16, no. 3 (September 2007): 373-390.

Samonte, Cecilia. “Obtaining ‘Sympathetic Understanding’: Gender, Empire, and Representation in the Travel Writings of American Officials’ Wives, 1901-1914.” The Journal of Transnational American Studies 3, no. 2 (2011): 1-14.

Stoler, Ann. “Colonial Archives and the Arts of Governance.” Archival Science 2, no. 2 (2002): 87-109.

History and Theory

Burke, Peter. “Strengths and Weaknesses of Cultural History.” Cultural History 1, no. 1 (2012): 1-13.

Cook, James W. “The Kids Are All Right: On the ‘Turning’ of Cultural History.” American Historical Review (June 2012): 746-771.

Hoffman, Philip T. “Opening Our Eyes: History and the Social Sciences.” The Journal of the Historical Society 1, no. 1 (March 2006): 93-117.

Scott, Joan W. “Unanswered Questions.” American Historical Review (December 2008): 1422-1430.

Scott, Joan W. “Gender: A Useful Category of Historical Analysis.” The American Historical Review 91, no. 5 (December 1986): 1053-1075.

Women in Arabic Literature

Nawal El-Saadawi, The Hidden Face of Eve: Women in the Arab World (excerpts)

Fatima Mernissi, The Forgotten Queens of Islam (excerpts)


Has anyone read any of these? Any thoughts?



Week 2 Roll Call

Well folks, life has been busy, so I apologize for the tardiness in this post, as well as my lack of summary from last week’s (one) reading. Also, a few amendments have been made to my schedule for this quarter. This list includes those changes. I also apologize for any errors in the spelling or general correctness of names, titles, volume numbers, etc.

Historical Scholarship of the Modern Middle East

Carr, E. H. What is History? New York: Random House, 1961.

Said, Edward. Orientalism. New York: Random House, Inc., 1978

Research Seminar in United States History

This week’s topic: Theorizing the Archive

Bradley, Harriet. “The Seductions of the Archive: Voices Lost and Found.” History of the Human Sciences 12, no. 2 (May 1999): 107-122.

Featherstone, Mike. “Archive.” Theory, Culture, & Society 23 (May 2006): 591-596.

Schwartz, Joan, and Terri Cook. “Archives, Records, and Power: The Making of Modern Memory.” Archival Science 2, no. 2 (2002): 1-19.

Steedman, Carolyn. “The Space of Memory: In an Archive.” History of the Human Sciences 11, no. 4 (November 1998): 65-83.

Tollebeek, Jo. “Turn’d to Dust and Tears: Revisiting the Archive.” History and Theory 43 (May 2004): 237-248.

Velody, Irving. “The Archive and the Human Sciences: Notes Toward a Theory of the Archive.” History of the Human Sciences 11, no. 4 (November 1998): 1-16.

History and Theory

This week’s topic: Social History

August, Andrew. Narrative, Experience and Class: Nineteenth-century Social History in Light of the Linguistic Turn.” History Compass 9, no. 5 (2011): 384-396.

Eley, Geoff. “Dilemmas and Challenges of Social History since the 1960s: What Comes after the Cultural Turn?” South African Historical Journal 60, no. 3 (2008): 310-322.

Joyce, Patrick. “What is the Social in Social History?” Past and Present, 206, no. 1 (2010): 213-248.

Kocka, Jürgen. “Losses, Gains and Opportunities: Social History Today.” Journal of Social History 37, no. 1 (2003): 21-28.

Stearns, Peter N. “Social History Present and Future.” Journal of Social History 37, no. 1 (2003): 9-19.

Stearns, Peter N. “Coming of Age.” Journal of Social History 10, no. 2 (1976): 246-255.

Women in Arabic Literature

Hanan al-Shaykh, translator, One Thousand and One Nights (excerpts)

Qasim Amin, The Liberation of Women (excerpts)

What’s on your to-do or to-read list this week or month?