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翻譯:鄭世祥(簡介並寄信)
編輯:羅婷以(簡介並寄信)

五頁報告的作業

關於五頁報告的作業,同學必須就我們在課堂讀過的參考書目中挑一本寫成一篇書評報告。一篇書評報告必須包含下列三項要點,第一,必須整理作者的主要論述和文章大綱。第二,這篇書評報告必須包含在此課程主題中的文學定位。第三,對書評報告中文獻的優缺點提出一些關鍵評估。你應該要定期閱讀主要歷史期刊中的書評,做為你學習經驗的基礎。這將幫助你瞭解最新的文獻研究以及熟悉書評的寫作格式。學習如何寫好的書評,不僅是因為在你的工作中會被經常要求寫作書評,更重要的是你可以毫不遲疑地摘要、定位和評論一本書籍。當我們在為自己原創研究而奮鬥時,也必須知道歷史寫作的過程是在前輩學人的共同合作而成。因此這是為什麼學習批判性思考其他歷史學者所完成的作品是如此重要。建議閱讀的書目提供了每一個討論主題一個最佳起跑點。


書籍比較作業

關於書籍比較作業,同學將從兩堂課中各挑出兩本書來做比較。這項作業的目的是要成為大型的書評報告。但是,在比較時,你必須對於這些著作在史學潮流中定發出自己的觀點。大抵上,這些著作都在探討不同的主題,這報告的目的在於說出每位作者在寫出的歷史中,同時創造歷史。課程大綱已經要求閱讀許多傳統史學的作品,在相同基礎下的書籍做比較應該不難。大致摘要每一本書的內容,並討論它們在大範圍的美國歷史研究中的特點和貢獻。思考這些作品何時、為什麼而寫,以及如何寫成。


史學報告作業

關於史學報告,你必須自選主題 (消費文化,性別,族群,移民,工業化,及其他主題)。完成一篇十五頁的報告,並附加你所選主題的詳盡書目。你將運用建立於前兩項作業所培養出的技巧,延伸你的討論到同一個主題的不同著作上。這篇作業的目的是運用對特定課題的領域和思潮的改變的批判性思考。再次強調,這篇報告的焦點必須專注於你選擇的特定主題,並延伸轉移至美國歷史作品中。你至少必須讀完八至十本書,熟悉更多相關的著作 (這是要求詳盡書目的原因)。這類的作業,不須要大量摘要每位作者的論點細節,更重要的是強調這本書對這個研究領域的貢獻。你應架構你的報告於一個較廣大的主題上,解釋如何歷史學者在不同的時間下的想法轉變,及探討其原因。


Five-page Paper Assignment

For the five-page paper, students will write a book review of one of the books we are reading in class. A book review should accomplish three things: first, it should summarize the author's main argument and narrative structure; second, it should place this work within the literature on this subject; and third, it should offer some critical assessment of the book's strengths and weaknesses. As part of your learning experience, you should be reading book reviews in the main historical journals on a regular basis. That will help keep you current on the literature and also familiarize you with this form of writing. It is important to learn how to write a good book review not only because you will be asked to do this regularly throughout your career, but also it is essential that you can readily summarize, place, and critique a book. While we all strive to be original in our research, the process of writing history is a collaborative undertaking in that we build on the scholarship that has come before ours. Thus it is important to learn how to think critically about the work that other historians have done. The list of recommended readings gives you a good starting place on each topic we cover.


Book Comparison Assignment

For the assignment comparing two books, students will pick two of the readings from two classes. The goal is this paper is largely the same as in the book review. But by comparing two books, you will need to be even more explicit in your thinking about where these works fit into larger historiographic trends. Given that the books are likely to be on different topics, the trick is to write about the way in which each author is doing history as much as, if not more so, than what he is writing about. Since the syllabus requires you to read books from many historiographic traditions, it should not be hard to compare books on that level. Quickly summarize each book and then talk about its significance and contribution to the larger field of American history. Think about when, why, and how the books were written.


Historiographic Paper Assignment

For the historiographic paper, you will choose your own theme (consumer culture, gender, race, immigration, industrialization, etc.) and write a fifteen-page paper along with an extensive bibliography on your chosen topic. You will build on your skills developed in the previous two papers and extend your discussion to include many books on a specific topic. The goal here is to have you think critically how the field and thinking on a subject has changed. Once again, your attention should be as much to the specifics of your topic as it is to broader shifts in the writing of American history. At a minimum, you must read closely 8-10 books and be familiar with many more (that is the purpose of the bibliography). In these kinds of papers, you should spend less time summarizing in great detail each book's argument and instead emphasize the book's contribution to the field. You should organize the paper around a broader theme, explaining how and why historians thinking has changed over time.


 
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