History | Illness, Health, and American Culture
H650 | 6327 | Stowe
A portion of the above section reserved for majors
This colloquium explores the historical experience of illness in
terms of social relations and their cultural context in the United
States, roughly from the end of the 18th Century to the first
decades of the 20th. The scope of the colloquium is broad and
inclusive, surveying key issues in U.S. history having to do with
gender, professionalism, race, family, urban life, regionalism,
science, and transformations in the cultural setting for the getting
sick and giving care. In the same way, the lens of health and
illness will be used to focus on broad issues in U.S.
historiography, problems of text and evidence, and historical
Course reading includes a book per week, with supplementary articles
and documents; there may be some comparative reading from non-U.S.
fields. Students will write reviews and an interpretive paper. The
course is particularly suitable for students in Gender and Sexuality
and Cultural History fields.