History | Seminar in Cultural History
H780 | 2805 | Bucur-Deckard


A portion of the above section reserved for majors
Above section meets with CULS C701 and AMST G751

TOPIC:  GENDER AND MODERNITY

This research seminar will focus on the use of gender analysis to
write about modern European (eastern and western) history.  The
course will focus on the applications of gender theory in various
fields, from social to political and cultural history.  We will
address questions such as how gender and class identity intersect in
the realm of both social relations and also cultural representations;
the relationship between science, sexuality, and gender; how
totalitarian ideologies of the 20th century have shaped gender roles;
the relationship between race and gender in the colonial encounter;
and the gendering of nationalism.

We will also look at various examples of methodologies used in
writing about gender—from traditional written documents to visual
artifacts and oral interviews.  In the first part of the course, our
focus will be intersection between gender theory and specific
methodologies, to investigate the particular types of historical
analysis that result from such approaches.  The topics and readings
selected will also be comparative, so that we will engage (and
deconstruct) East and West throughout the course.

In the second part of the course, each student will focus on his/her
research project, applying the theoretical and methodological
insights gained from the first part.  The research project may focus
on researching primary sources, or may be of a more historiographic
nature.  I will work individually with each class member.  In the
last part of the course, we will reconvene as a group and discuss the
individual projects.

Readings include:  Eleonore Davidoff and Catherine Hall, “Family
Fortunes,” Harry Oosterhuis, “Stepchildren of Nature,” Gail
Kligman, “Politics of Duplicity,” Laura Engelstein, “The Keys to
Happiness,” Karen Offen, “European Feminisms, 1700-1950,” Anne
McClintock, “Imperial Leather,” as well as many other shorter
selections, from Joan Scott to Luisa Passerini and Jane Caplan.