History | Gender and Illness-Victorian England
J400 | 2670 | Peterson

R 4:00P-6:00P BH235

Above section COAS intensive writing section and also requires
registration in COAS W333A portion of the above section reserved for
majors.  Above section meets with GNDR G485

What is the relationship between gender and illness?  The biological
differences between men and women make some diseases specific to each sex,
of course.  Otherwise, are illnesses much the same for both sexes?
Victorian England will be the historical "laboratory" in which this class
will explore the ways that doctors, patients, and others thought about how
illness differed for women and men - - and how women and men were thought
to be different - - in England in the nineteenth century.

Readings will include modern theoretical materials on gender, the body,
and illness (e.g., Harding, Suleiman, Connell) and materials from the
nineteenth century: medical cases, patients' accounts of illness, and
accounts by other Victorians observing the nature of illness and

Students will participate in class discussions of materials and will be
expected to write four short (3-5 pp.) And one long (10-15 pp.)
Interpretive essays based on the course readings.  One of the short papers
will be rewritten.  There will be no examinations and grades will be based
on class participation and written work.