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Uta G. Poiger
HIST 580
Seattle Campus

Gender and History

Introduction to gender as category of historical analysis, examining the impact of feminist theory within the discipline of history. Course traces historiographical debates in women's and gender history and explores, through cross-cultural comparisons, how scholars have conceived the relationship between gender and categories such as class, race, ethnicity, and sexuality.

Class description

This course introduces students to gender as a category of historical analysis, examining the impact of feminist theory within the discipline of history. It traces historiographical debates in women's and gender history and explores how scholars have conceived the relationship between gender and categories such as class, race, ethnicity and sexuality. After considering the emergence of women's history, we will examine various approaches in the study of gender relations as we move chronologically through the 19th and 20th centuries. These approaches include the framing of gender as a social and symbolic construct; the study of masculinity; debates over the equivalence of gender, race, and class; shifting definitions of sexuality and the body; and the gendering of political institutions and empire. Chronological subjects are the Age of Revolutions, Class Formations, Slavery, Imperialism, Modern Welfare States, and Feminist Movements. Since the course includes work on different areas of the world, it will encourage students to think about the possibilities and problems of comparative history.

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General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Class participation (30%); four short response papers (10% each); and a historiographical essay (30%).

Required Readings Joan Scott, Feminism and History Joan Landes, Women and the Public Sphere in the Age of the French Revolution Deborah White, Aren't I a Woman Thomas Laqueur, Making Sex: Body and Gender from the Greeks to Freud Antoinette Burton, Burdens of History Gail Bederman, Manliness and Civilization

Class participation 30% Four short response papers 40% Historiographical essay 30%


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 Uta G. Poiger
Date: 06/30/2009