Monday, July 25, 2005

working off the books

Well, here they are, the books on the course list for this class on Reenactments. The course includes both advanced undergrads and grad students, currently 30 registered. This list includes some books folks taking the class wanted to read with others and things I have found useful or imagine I will find useful.

We will also be looking at some TV documentaries and visiting sites of "reenactments" broadly understood. I'm hoping students will have their own ideas of what edge to the term "reenactment" they will each explore, and will become resources for those venues for the class.

WMST468 Feminist Cultural Studies: TV, Museums, Reenactments; (3 credits) Grade Method: REG.
0101(58524) King, K.
WMST698D Special Topics in Women's Studies: TV, Museums, Reenactments; (3 credits) Grade Method: REG.
0101(59503) King, K.

TuTh......11:00am-12:15pm (HBK 1108)


Gordon, A. (1997). Ghostly matters: Haunting and the sociological imagination. Minneapolis: Minnesota.

Handler, R., & Gable, E. (1997). The new history in an old museum: Creating the past at colonial Williamsburg. Durham: Duke.

Johnson, S. (2005). Everything bad is good for you: How's today's popular culture is actually making us smarter. New York: Riverhead.

Nash, G. B., Crabtree, C. A., & Dunn, R. E. (2000). History on trial: Culture wars and the teaching of the past. New York: Vintage.

Rosenzweig, R., & Thelen, D. P. (1998). The presence of the past: Popular uses of history in American life. New York: Columbia UP.

Roth, S. F. (1998). Past into present: Effective techniques for first-person historical interpretation. Chapel Hill: North Carolina.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005


I use the term reenactments inclusively, to write about changing systems of knowledge production. From new ways of understanding former writing technologies such as the Inka khipu, to immersive experiences such as living history sites, heritage websites, time traveling television documentaries and museum installations.

I'll be teaching a class about all this in the Fall. Suggestions for books are very welcome.