Units of Study

HSTY2685 - Sexuality & Power in East Asian History

Semester 2, 2012  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Helen Dunstan


What might stories featuring castration reveal about gender, sexuality and power in the cities of Ming China? Or a double love suicide (enacted by puppets) about the power balance between wives and prostitutes in eighteenth-century Japan? This unit explores diverse historical responses to fundamental issues about sexuality and power in China, Japan and Korea. Scrutiny of primary sources - women's poetry and memoirs; a martyr's orders to his wife; a widow's orders to her sons - will aid our quest for understanding.


1x1750wd essay (35%) and 1x2250wd essay (35%) and individual or group presentation (equivalent to 500 words) (15%), tutorial participation (15%)


2x1-hr lectures/week, 1x-hr tutorial/week


12 junior credit points of History, Ancient History or Asian Studies



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