"The Microhistorian as Frustrated (or Aspiring) Novelist"
Guest Lecture by Professor Craig Harline, Brigham Young University
Friday, October 11, 2:30 pm, Louise Foucar Marshall Building, Rm. 490
The virtues and vices of microhistory have been discussed regularly since the elaboration of the genre in the 1970s, including criticisms that it is more fiction than history. This talk will recount Harline's own experiences with the approach, a microhistory of microhistory if you will, to suggest what has been particularly influential on him (including, admittedly, novels), while connecting in good microhistorical fashion to perpetual issues in the genre.
Born and raised in California, Craig Harline earned a Ph.D. in European History from Rutgers University (1986). Since 1992 he has been a professor of History at Brigham Young University, teaching courses on the Reformation, the History of Civilization, History on Film, History of Christianity, and such seminars as "Miracles" and "Toleration and Persecution." In 1996 and 2001 he was also visiting professor and research fellow at the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium, in 2006 research fellow at the University of Antwerp, and in 2011 research fellow at the Belgian Academy (VLAC) in Brussels. His research focuses on the religious history of Europe since the Middle Ages, which he has pursued in archives of Belgium, the Netherlands, France, England, and Sweden, thanks to grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Philosophical Society, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Catholic University of Louvain, the University of Antwerp, the College of FHSS at BYU, and other agencies. His publications have been reviewed in mainstream and academic media alike, and he has been interviewed on various radio and television programs in the US, Belgium, The Netherlands, and Ireland.
Craig Harline's award-winning publications include "The Burdens of Sister Margaret: Inside a Seventeenth-Century Convent" (New York: Doubleday, 1994); "A Bishop's Tale: Mathias Hovius Among His Flock in Seventeenth-Century Flanders" (with Eddy Put) (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2000); "Miracles at the Jesus Oak: Histories of the Supernatural in Reformation Europe" (New York: Doubleday, 2003); "Sunday: A History of the First Day from Babylonia to the Super Bowl" (New York: Doubleday, 2007); and his most recent book "Conversions: Two Family Stories from the Reformation and Modern America" (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2011).