history of emotions

history of emotions

Assignment type : Term paper
Format MLA
Volume of 10 pages (2750 words)
Prompt: Since the beginning of the semester, students have read about distinct emotions experienced in history; emotions that are shaped by cultural and religious traditions, economics, politics, and violence. As noted by Michel-Rolph
Trouillot, Edwidge Danticat, and other scholars, emotions are not always visible, as memory and silence, the notion of what is omitted from historical record, invokes strong individual and collections emotions that can be passed down through generations. Emotions are embedded in, and created from social interactions across diverse landscapes, and rhetoric gives formal expression to these emotions. Yet, emotions can also be a product of cultural ignorance, individually and/or collectively as a state/nation; and as noted by Palestinian scholar Edward Said, fear of “the other,” produces inequality of law, assumptions, stereotypes, historical inaccuracies, and state sponsored violence.

Drawing on historical evidence and theories emerging from the course readings, students will develop an essay grounded in historical scholarship that answers the following questions:
1. Discuss the following quote: “History does not belong only to its narrators, professional or amateur.”
2. How does silence distort the historical narrative? How does this silence invoke emotions?
3. What are the silences of resistance against Western historiography?
4. What are the “whispers behind closed door,” and how do “whispers” contribute to our understanding of the emotions of history?
5. Describe the power of fear, and discuss how the use of fear (in rhetoric) perpetuates cultural ignorance and cultural supremacy in distinct landscapes of Europe and the Americas.

College Writing: Students are expected to write a college-level essay, (no longer the standard five-paragraph essay), and are encouraged to begin this midterm as soon as possible to strengthen writing skills. Please seek appropriate resources, including the course rubrics and meeting with the instructor to discuss the grading rubric, and ask questions about writing. With regards to organization of this essay, students should begin the essay with an introduction paragraph that includes a thesis statement; each of the five questions can be used as a topic sentence for content paragraphs in the essay. The use of “I” is not permitted except in the thesis statement; this essay is not about your opinion, but rather this college essay is a critical analysis of the readings, and students should utilize the available scholarship to craft a well-organized essay. Subject headings within the essay are not permitted, and students should cite (Chicago style) paraphrased information, direct quotes, and unoriginal ideas.

Midterm is worth 100 points
• Typed. Times New Roman
• 12-point font. Page numbers. Course number. Stapled. (Unstapled papers will not be accepted)
• Word Count: 2500-3000 words
• Writing style and grammar is a graded component of this midterm essay.
• Grading rubric is available on Moodle.
• Late midterms/email midterms are not accepted.

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