History | Histories of Gender and Sexuality
H661 | 28352 | Allen
A portion of the above class reserved for majors
Above class open to graduates only
Above class meets with AMST-G620, CULS-C701 and GNDR-G701
This course scrutinizes some ways historians explore “gender”
and “sexuality” in history. What options and problems emerge in
applying these two fairly recent concepts to past cultures? How did
histories of gender and of sexuality become fields within the larger
discipline of history, and with what developments since the 1970s?
What have been these fields’ concerns, themes, and approaches? How
do these fields relate to each other and to other genres of history
writing? How are extensive debates between historians within these
fields best understood?
This general introductory colloquium is designed for graduate
students undertaking the history of gender and sexuality as a major
or minor, as well as for others with other majors and minors in
which analysis of gender and/or sexuality may have relevance.
Historiographical and theoretical in focus, historical writing in
these fields focused on particular themes center weekly class
discussions and written work . The final part of the course consists
of professional conference style panels devised by participants for
the presentation of their own historiographical work, related to
planned research projects. Presenters design the readings and focus
for these panels.
No single text is required: instead there will be a choice of
optional textbooks, according to student interest, as well as a
large cache of E-Reserve readings for the course. The following
texts will be used in the early weeks of the course:
• Kathleen Canning, “Gender History in Practice: Historical
Perspectives on Bodies, Class, and Citizenship” (Ithaca: Cornell
University Press, 2006).
• Stephen Garton, “Histories of Sexuality: Antiquity to Sexual
Revolution” (New York: Routledge, 2004).
• Sue Morgan ed., “The Feminist History Reader” (New York:
Requirements: weekly class preparation and discussion; a review
essay; an annotated bibliography; and a historiographical essay.