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Jordanna Bailkin
HIST 503
Seattle Campus

Modern Europe: Writings and Interpretations

Study of historians, schools of history, and interpretations of modern European history.

Class description

This seminar investigates the intersection of gender and history in a variety of geographical contexts. We will consider the impact of gender studies on the historiographies of nationalism and citizenship, labor, war, race and colonialism, commodity culture, and science and medicine. We will discuss issues of periodization within gender history, and will investigate the interplay between theory and practice in debates about the history of women and gender.

Our readings will cover a broad geographical range, and will include Joan Scott's writings on gender and the French Revolution; Donna Haraway, Londa Schiebinger and Tom Laqueur on gender and European science; Gail Hershatter on prostitution in China; Laura Engelstein on sexuality in Russia; and Lynn Thomas on reproductive politics in Kenya.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Seminar discussion

Recommended preparation

No prerequisites

Class assignments and grading

One book review; one historiographical essay; one syllabus

Writing assignments listed above, plus in-class presentation


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Jordanna Bailkin
Date: 03/16/2006