Gender and History: Global Feminist Theories and Narratives of the Past (FGSS Gateway)|
Fall 2021 not offered
COL 323, FGSS 269|
|Course Cluster and Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory Certificate|
What is a female husband? In the 1980s an increasing number of feminist scholars posed questions about the relationship between biological sex and gender roles. The African scholar Ifi Amadiume, who studied the history of female husbands in West Africa, asserted that such relationships between sex and gender needed to be studied in a global context. More than two decades after Amadiume's influential book "Male Daughters, Female Husbands: Gender and Sex in an African Society" (1987) was published, the scholarship on global gender and sexuality is vibrant and dynamic. These works have shown gender to be central to understanding society at different periods and geographical locations, but it is far from a universally understood category.
This seminar will introduce first- and second-year students to the history of gender, sex, labor, and feminist activism from a global and comparative perspective with readings from the history of Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe. We will also cover the development of influential theories in the field and how they apply to the writing of history. This course is especially appropriate for prospective history and feminist, gender and sexuality majors, though all students interested in using gender as category of historical analysis for their scholarly work in other fields are welcome.
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|Course Format: Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CIVI-MN)(COL)(CSCT)(FGSS)(HIST-MN)(HIST)(SISP-FGSS Conc)
Collins, THREADS: GENDER, LABOR AND POWER IN THE GLOBAL APPAREL INDUSTRY (2003)
Kempadoo, SEXING THE CARIBBEAN: GENDER, RACE, AND SEX LABOR (2004)
Menon, SEEING LIKE A FEMINIST (2012)
Smith, THE GENDER OF HISTORY (1998)
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Regular reading reflections; 3 short response papers; 1 historiographic review; 1 group presentation; 1 final research project (10 pages)
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course is a gateway to the FGSS major and to the "Gender and History" concentration in the History Department.
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