History | Gender and Sexuality in African History
H695 | 18053 | Moorman

Above class open to graduates only

This reading centered course will explore the theoretical and
methodological issues involved in the study of gender and sexuality
in African history.  Recent decades have seen an explosion in the
Africanist literature focused on questions of gender and sexuality.
We will consider work produced both within and from outside the
continent.  The bulk of our readings will be drawn from Africanist
scholars who work on women’s life histories, marriage,
masculinities, sexuality, women and colonialism, and
transgenderism.  However, we will also look at works which shape the
larger field of the study of gender and sexuality, including studies
of empire/colonialism and more strictly theoretical work.  The
course will put these different literatures into conversation with
one another.  In what ways do these latter works draw on African
histories and speak to the work of Africanist scholars?  How might
they be critiqued and re-made from the vantage point of African
history and studies of gender and sexuality in Africa?  What can
historians of Africa, and elsewhere, learn from feminist theory and
studies of empire?