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"Letters to a Tenured Historian" now available

My Writing of History class is now reading exemplary histories.┬áIn historiography-driven courses, so often the new trumps all. But when a course focuses on history writing, there is a fruitful dialogue between new books and old, often with a different … Continue reading

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Inspiration Points: Jill Lepore

An interesting interview with Jill Lepore about her recent novel, Blindspot, co-written with Jane Kamensky. An excerpt: FM: You two decided to write the novel as a birthday present for a friend? JL: He was actually our graduate student mentor … Continue reading

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Episode 5: Rachel Sarah O'Toole

For those of us engaged in writing history, the practical reality is that we need to secure funding for our efforts. Whether you’re working on your dissertation or are polishing up a book manuscript, Rachel Sarah O’Toole‘s tips for garnering … Continue reading

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"Writing History" Seminar: Studying the craft of historical writing

This quarter I’m taking a seminar called “Writing History” with Jeffrey Wasserstrom, author of China’s Brave New World. The aim of the class (from the syllabus) is to “explore the qualities of historical writing as writing and to see whether … Continue reading

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Experimental History with Martha Hodes

A few months ago I heard Martha Hodes speak about her latest book, The Sea Captain’s Wife. Most of the questions from the audience centered on the accessibility of her writing and its appeal to a mainstream audience. During the … Continue reading

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