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HIST 1954 - Emotions in History: Issues, Approaches and Cases or return to Course Catalog Search

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Faculty of Arts and SciencesHistoryPenelope Russell
TermDay and TimeLocation
Fall 2016-2017  (show academic calendar)Tu   4:00 p.m. - 5:59 p.m.Robinson Warren Rm (FAS)
4  (show credit conversion for other schools)
Credit Level
Graduate and Undergraduate

What is the place of emotion in history? The question itself holds multiple meanings, and in this course we consider two in particular: how to write the history of emotion(s), and how the historian?s emotions affect the writing of history. Do historians benefit more from proximity to, or distance from, their historical subjects? Should historians of emotion suppress, or cultivate, their feelings of empathy? Does emotive writing inevitably fail the test of scholarly rigour and balance? We will explore some possible analytic frames for the history of emotion and debates over the subjectivity of history, and consider their application to case studies drawn from Australian history.

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