history

On Categorizing History

Recent discussions in one of my graduate seminars have me thinking about how we structure the curriculum of higher education. There's an inherent difficulty in categorizing different histories--an interrelationship between histories that has given rise to broad meta-labels like "world history" or "transnationalism," labels that are aware of the problems presented by categorizing history and… Continue reading On Categorizing History

history, literature

History through Poems: Examining Beowulf

Epic poems have incredible staying power both as literary achievements and as historical resources. The Anglo-Saxon epic Beowulf is one of the foremost examples of this. Despite its mythological themes, the story offers historians a rare insight into Anglo-Saxon ideals of masculinity, heroism, and society. At the same time, it presents literary scholars with a… Continue reading History through Poems: Examining Beowulf