This paper is intended to provide an opportunity for youto reflect on the theories and methods of historical research and the craft of writing historicalnarratives by putting readings across weeks in dialogue. The paper should make a compellinginterpretive argument grounded in a careful engagement with the readings. The paper must clearly answer the questions on the promptand defend that answer with citations from the relevant sources. Please follow MLA guidelines(all sources cited should be referenced parenthetically, and the paper must include acomprehensive Works Cited page).
Prompt for Historiography Paper
Our readings in the first few weeks of class deal broadly with the theme of historiographyinother words, the theories and principles of historical research and writing. Using at least three ofthe readings, describe what you see as the key historiographical issues at stake in the study ofSouth Asian history. Some possible topics that might be explored include the distinction betweenOccident/Orient; the presence or absence of history as a field of knowledge; conceptions oftime and memory; the identification and interpretation of primary sources; the language ofeconomic development and political modernity; the relationship between Europe and South Asia;and/or studying history from the perspective of marginalized voices.The paper should be 1200-1500 words in length and make a compelling interpretive argumentgrounded in a careful engagement with the readings. Please follow MLA guidelines (all sourcescited should be referenced parenthetically, and the paper must include a comprehensive WorksCited page) and bear in mind that your paper will be graded on both content and form (spelling,punctuation, and grammar).
For the sake of clarity, here is a list of the authors you may choose from in writing your paper:
Edward W. Said
Roy W. Perrett