STS 4127

STS 4127

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

Visions of bodily corruption preoccupy ruler and ruled alike and prompt campaigns for moral, medical, and legal reform in periods of both stability and revolution. This seminar explores the links between political, sexual, and scientific revolutions in early modern and modern Asia. 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, body modification, the history of masculinity, honorific violence and sexual violence, the science of sex, normative and stigmatized sexualities, fashion, disability, and eugenics. The course begins with an exploration of regimes of the body in "traditional" Asian cultures. The course then turns to the medicalization and modernization of the body under the major rival political movements in Asia: feminism, imperialism, nationalism, and communism.

When Offered Fall.

Breadth Requirement (GB)
Distribution Category (HA-AS, HST-AS, SCD-AS)
Course Attribute (EC-SAP)

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Syllabi: none
  • 18039 STS 4127   SEM 101

    • M McGraw Hall 215
    • Jan 22 - May 7, 2024
    • Roebuck, K

  • Instruction Mode: In Person

  • 18040 STS 4127   IND 601

    • TBA
    • Jan 22 - May 7, 2024
    • Staff

  • Instruction Mode: Independent Studies