HIST 2981

HIST 2981

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2023-2024.

This course offers a broad understanding of the crucial roles East Asian women played in culture, the economy, and society from antiquity to the early twentieth century. By rethinking the pervasive stereotype of the passive and victimized East Asian women under by staunch Confucian patriarchy, it aims to examine women's struggles, negotiations, and challenges of the normative discourse of femininity, with a focus on patrilineal family, the female body and reproduction, domesticity and women's economic labor, women's work, literacy and knowledge, and the modernization of women. We will examine how Confucian notions of gender and family were, far from being fixed, constantly redefined by the historical and temporal needs of East Asian contexts. This examination is undertaken through a combination of reading original texts and secondary scholarship in various disciplines, including philosophy, anthropology, history, literature, and material culture.

When Offered Fall.

Breadth Requirement (GHB)
Distribution Category (CA-AS, HST-AS)

Comments No knowledge of Chinese, Japanese, or Korean necessary.

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: ASIAN 2281CAPS 2281FGSS 2281

  • 3 Credits Opt NoAud

  • 18730 HIST 2981   LEC 001

  • Instruction Mode: In Person
    No knowledge of Chinese, Japanese, or Korean necessary.