Faculty: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
School: School of Humanities and Social Sciences
History BA (Hons)
31 March 2020
We asked our BA History lecturers to give us their recommendations for a textbook, novel and film that students should try before joining the course.
These selections are by Dr William Tullett
, whose research focuses on the senses, emotions, and materiality in long-eighteenth-century Britain.
Robert Darnton, The Great Cat Massacre And Other Episodes in French Cultural History
(1985, Basic paperback edition 2009) - a book of essays on different aspects of eighteenth-century French culture. Read the whole thing or pick an essay that strikes you as interesting. A great introduction into the strange and exciting world of cultural history.
Adam Thorpe, Ulverton
(1992, Vintage Classics edition 2012) – the history of a fictional English village over the course of 300 years, told as a series of fabricated, but highly realistic, historical documents. A fascinating and thought-provoking novel that explores the relationship between historians, fiction, sources, and how to tell the history of a community.
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
directed by Tom Tykwer (2006). As my first book was on smell I thought I should offer something odorous! This film, based on a novel by Patrick Suskind and starring Ben Whishaw, traces an eighteenth-century Frenchman named Jean-Baptiste Grenouille and his murderous quest to create the ‘perfect’ scent.