2017-2018 Undergraduate Academic Catalogue 
    
    Sep 24, 2020  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Academic Catalogue [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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HS 479 - Seminar: Masculinity and Honor in Modern Europe

(3.00 cr.)

Prerequisite: One HS 100-level course, one HS 300-level course. As part of the general evolution of gender studies, historians have come to realize that both male and female roles are not automatic or natural, but rather tend to be constructed by contemporary social forces. One particularly volatile or rather malleable aspect of such constructions is the notion of honor, which has substantially evolved over the last 500 years. Students examine the nature of this evolution and discusses the impact of the Renaissance, nationalism, capitalism, and liberalism on the definition of what it meant to have honor and how such rituals as knife-fighting, dueling, vendetta, and even nose-biting all served to identify and reinforce masculine behavior among classes and across centuries. Written or electronic permission of the instructor.



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