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Emotions have been integral to the human experience–to relationships between people, political decision making, economic behavior, individual and communal identities, international affairs, and national projects. This course will consider a full range of emotions including fear, insecurity, pride, anxiety, desire, anger, and happiness. And it will examine these emotions as both actors in history and subjects of historical inquiry. We will ask how emotions have reflected and shaped the making of modern Japan. What role have emotions played in steering the course of Japanese history, from the modernizing revolutions of the late 1800s, imperialism, colonialism, and war, to the navigation of both affluence and economic insecurity in the postwar era? How have emotions been talked about and represented in modern Japan? We will also discuss different ways of researching and writing a history of emotions.
Format: seminar; remote with synchronous, seminar-style discussion
Grading: no pass/fail option,
yes fifth course option
class discussion; response papers; research paper (12-15 pages)
none; open to first-year students with instructor's permission
History or Asian Studies majors; prospective majors
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
HIST Group B Electives - Asia