Barbara Rosenwein: History of Emotions, Medieval and Early Modern

Barbara H. Rosenwein, Loyola University Chicago
Barbara H. Rosenwein, Loyola University Chicago
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
Graduate Seminar
Thursday, September 26, 2013 to Thursday, December 5, 2013

2 - 5 pm on ten Thursdays. The seminar will not meet on November 28.

Room B-91

Led by Barbara H. Rosenwein, Loyola University Chicago

Like all things human, emotions have a history, but it has not often been traced. Since we all have our own notions of “emotion,” early on participants will be introduced to current psychological theories and definitions. The group will then explore old and new narratives of emotions’ history. At the same time, students will perform independent research in various areas of the history of emotions.

Goals of the course

  • Participants and the professor will explore in seminar discussions the ways emotions have been studied by historians in the past and learn new methods and approaches, including modern theories of the emotions. Emphasis will be on the emotional life of the medieval and early modern periods.
  • Students will draw up a dossier of materials that work together to illuminate some aspect of emotions in history.
  • Students will present the results of their research during the last two classes.
  • Students will hand in written 25-page papers on the last day of class.

Learn more about the instructor: Barbara H. Rosenwein, Loyola University Chicago.

Participants: Karen Burch, Loyola University Chicago; Joseph Derosier, Northwestern University; Annalese Duprey-Henry, Northwestern University; Alexa LaRocco, Northern Illinois University; Michael Lovell, Northern Illinois University; Kurt Milberger, University of Notre Dame; Scott Miller, Northwestern University; Gary O’Neil, University of Notre Dame; Amanda Taylor, University of Minnesota; and Sarah Wilson, Northwestern University.

Faculty and graduate students of Center for Renaissance Studies consortium institutions may be eligible to apply for travel funds to attend CRS programs or to do research at the Newberry. Each member university sets its own policies and deadlines; contact your Representative Council member in advance for details.

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