Study of historians, schools of history, and interpretations of modern European history.
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
Class assignments and grading
One book review; one historiographical essay; one syllabus
Writing assignments listed above, plus in-class presentation