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Heimat Family Tree
Now that we’ve wrapped up our screenings of Heimat, I thought you might find it helpful to see the Simon family tree, which can help us remember how all the various characters were related. The image below comes from the book Heimat … Continue reading
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Heimat Beyond 1945
Although we concluded our unit on Heimat, there are still three more episodes remaining, which cover almost 40 years from the end of the Second World War to 1982. These episodes will remain accessible to you via the Hesburgh Library streaming video … Continue reading
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Paper and Project Instructions
The third paper topics are now online and can be downloaded via the “Handouts” section of this blog. Remember that your third paper will require you to conduct a small amount of independent research; start this early and don’t put … Continue reading
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Additional Help Playing “Heimat”
If you are having problems playing the Heimat series from a PC, it is probably because you only have Windows Media Player installed. Heimat is encoded as a streaming .mov file, which is a format that WMP does not support. To … Continue reading
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Some background information on Heimat
We’ll discuss both the real-world and the fictional backdrop of Heimat during our first class session, but I thought you would appreciate a little bit of information to help get you started. The majority of the show takes place in … Continue reading
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…and how far to read to find out!
For Thursday, please try to get through page 37 of Colonel Chabert. The following brief timeline of Napoleon’s reign may be helpful to you in understanding the story: 1795 – in the wake of the French Revolution, a young Corsican artillery … Continue reading
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Secondary Literature Discussion Questions
Now that you have all been paired with a critical essay on Marco Polo’s Travels, it’s time to prepare for Tuesday’s group discussions. As you study your article, keep in mind what you have learned about academic writing from of They Say, … Continue reading
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Secondary Literature Assignments for Tuesday
For Tuesday, we will be taking a break from our reading of Marco Polo to delve more deeply into our study of secondary literature and into the question of what kind of text exactly the Divisament dou monde might be. In … Continue reading
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Asia in 1260
Here’s a copy of the map I showed you in class today, showing the geopolitical situation in central and Eastern Asia in 1260, Marco Polo’s father Niccolo and his uncle Maffeo set out on their first journey to the court … Continue reading
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Rare Photo of Mongolian Hordes Discovered
Allie was kind enough to share this picture from our excursion to the Chicago Field Museum. Looking forward to our discussion of Marco Polo later this month!
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