History of Emotions
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Area of Study
European Studies, History
Taught In English
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
Hours & Credits
- Students will acquire knowledge of the concepts, approaches and sources used to study emotions in medieval and early modern Europe
- Students will train critical reflection on scholarly debates and literature and participate in discussions
- Writing and presentation skills are trained through written and oral assignments
The history of emotions is a burgeoning research field in cultural history that is highly interdisciplinary in character. Both historical, literary, social, philosophical and medical scholars investigate the role of emotions and emotional behavior. In this course you will study themes such as religious emotions in late medieval convents, early modern medical theories about the bodily humours, emotions in early modern theater, the concept of melancholy, the experience of fear and sorrow. We will also discuss the theoretical concepts and methods used by scholars to study the cultural varieties in emotional behavior and experience. A central and recurring theme will be the (experienced) embodiment of emotions in the period 1500-1850. Where did contemporary doctors and philosophers locate emotions in the body? What cultural rules reigned the bodily expression of emotions? When, where, for who and for what reason was weeping allowed?
Lectures and literature seminars, student presentations
TYPE OF ASSESSMENT
Short essay (30%); oral presentation (10%); Written exam (60%)
Attendance at the lectures and seminars is compulsory.
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
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