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Fall 2017-2018
SLA 510 / COM 507   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

History of Emotions: Russia and the West

Ilya Vinitsky

Do feelings have history? How do they influence history? Do "natural" emotions exist? How do political regimes control the emotional sincerity of their subjects? What is the role of literature in cultivating certain emotional modes? How do people interpret and express their emotions in different periods? In this course, we apply these and similar questions to the emotional history of Russian culture considered within western contexts and theoretical frameworks offered by scholars of emotions. We also try to "resurrect" a number of emotions which played an important role in Russian cultural history.

Sample reading list:
Burke, P., "Is there a Cultural History of Emotions?"
Febvre, L., "Sensibility and History: How to Reconstitute the Emotional
Gross D. M., The Secret History of Emotions
Reddy W.M., The Navigation of Feeling
Rosenwein B.H., Emotional Communities in the Early Middle Ages
Ginzburg, L., On Psychological Prose

Requirements/Grading:
Final Exam - 40%
Term Paper(s) - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Other Requirements:
Open to Graduate Students Only.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22843 L01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm M   East Pyne Building   245   Enrolled:8 Limit:15