November 28, 2018
Peter N. Stearns: I’ve taught a history of emotions course for several years, for sophomore honors students; happy to provide syllabus on request. Most of the students are not majors but most of them have been positively engaged with the course – my favorite reaction was a math major (last year) who wrote a blog about how there is a history of everything. A couple of students have actually planned to go on for graduate work in the area, and several have collaborated on research projects beyond the course itself. So I’m very enthusiastic about using the history of emotion to expose students to the nature of historical thinking and to stimulate some research engagement. Drawbacks or challenges: most of the students (even some psych majors) have not thought about emotion very much, and their historical background is often sketchy even about basic points like when automobiles became common: so there’s more prep work needed than I had initially imagined.
Find course syllabus here: HNRS 240 Syllabus Fall 2018
Joy Deborah Wiltenburg: Students were initially surprised to learn that there is such a thing as history of emotions, but they developed some enthusiasm for it. That’s on the positive side. The difficulty I found was that, while they were very interested in thinking about the impact of emotions on historical events, they found it difficult to think about changes over time in emotions themselves and their social meaning (at least in their own research).
Fine course syllabus here: Seminar syllabus sp2014.
Charles-Louis Morand Métivier: I teach Medieval and Renaissance French literature at the University of Vermont. In my teaching and research I focus on early modern and medieval emotions related to war and massacres. I was lucky enough at the University of Vermont to be able to offer one 200-level class (our senior seminars for advanced undergraduates -we have no grad program) a semester and/or honours college classes on emotions and literature. I would be happy to share my syllabi with whoever would be interested (firstname.lastname@example.org).