History | Histories of Gender and Sexuality
H661 | 25836 | Allen

Above class requires permission of instructor
Above class open to graduates only
Above class meets with GNDR-G701

In what ways have historians undertaken exploration of “gender”
and “sexuality” in history? What possibilities and problems emerge
in applying these two relatively recent concepts to past cultures?
Under what circumstances did histories of gender and of sexuality
become fields within the larger discipline of history, and how have
these fields developed during the past forty years? What
relationships exist between these fields and other genres of history
writing? How are the fault-lines of the extensive debates conducted
between historians within these fields best understood?

These are some of the introductory questions addressed in this
colloquium designed for graduate students undertaking the history of
gender and sexuality as a major or minor.  The course is
historiographical and theoretical, with key examples of historical
writing in these fields as the principal material for interrogation,
discussion, and written work.

The course has two introductory texts to guide discussion:

Laura Lee Downs, "Writing the History of Gender" (New York: Oxford
University Press, 2004)

Stephen Garton, "Histories of Sexuality: Antiquity to Sexual
Revolution" (London: Equinox, 2004).

Requirements: weekly class preparation and contribution to
discussion; a review essay; an annotated thematic bibliography; and
a historiographical research essay.