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HIS 351 Gender, Ideology and Revolution in East Asia (3 credits)

This course will examine the institutional and ideological connections between gender roles and social unrest in East Asia since 1600, with an emphasis on the twentieth century. Questions central to the class will be: changing notions of the ideal man and woman, and how changes in society and politics have been reflected in gender roles for men and women. Topics may include traditional East Asian societies; foot binding; revolutionary movements including communism, nationalism and feminism; family-planning; the Japanese samurai ideal; and gender roles in film and fiction.