HIST 4127

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Visions of bodily corruption have preoccupied ruler and ruled alike in Asia, and prompted campaigns for moral, medical, and legal reform in periods of both stability and revolution.  This seminar, designed for advanced undergraduate and graduate students, explores the links between sexual, political, and scientific revolutions in Asia from the 1500s to the present.  The focus is on China and Japan, with secondary attention to South Asia and Korea.  Interaction with the West is a major theme.  Topics include disease control, birth control and population control, the history of masculinity, the science of sex, normative and stigmatized sexualities, honorific violence, body modification, fashion, disability, and eugenics.  We first explore the body in "traditional" Asian cultures, legal regimes, and medical practice.  We then explore the modernization of sex, health, and the body itself under the major rival political movements in Asia: imperialism, nationalism, communism, and feminism.

When Offered Spring.

Breadth Requirement (GB)
Distribution Category (HA-AS)

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    Combined with: ASIAN 4415FGSS 4127

  • 4 Credits Graded