Sophomore Seminar: Gender and History (FGSS Gateway)|
This Sophomore Seminar is designed to introduce students to the use of gender as a category for historical analysis. The course highlights research skills, critical thinking, and debate about the nature and connections between gender and history. It provides a thematic overview of current research topics in the study of women, men, gender, and sexuality, as well as new methods and approaches to conventional topics of interest to historians: power, agency, experience, social movements, events, and ideas. Students learn how to write histories that focus on women's experiences and acquire tools for analyzing the ways in which politics construct gender and gender constructs politics. They also develop critical thinking about the assumptions, practices, and rhetoric of the discipline of history, discovering how the writing of history is not simply a record of changes in the social organization of gender but also a participant in the production of knowledge and perceptions of sexual difference. Throughout the course, attention will be paid to the intersection of gender with other primary modes of power: race, class, sexuality, nationalism, and ethnicity. The course is especially appropriate for prospective history and feminist, gender, and sexuality studies majors.
Writing assignments are designed to improve writing skills as well as to explore subject matter of the course.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (COL)(FGSS)(SISP-FGSS Conc)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Most of the reading materials for the course will be available in on-line reserve through Olin.
Joan Scott, GENDER AND THE POLITICS OF HISTORY
Ruiz and DuBois, ed. UNEQUAL SISTERS: A MULTICULTURAL READER IN U.S. WOMEN'S HISTORY
Kim Townsend, MANHOOD AT HARVARD: WILLIAM JAMES AND OTHERS
Judith Walkowitz, CITY OF DREADFUL NIGHT: NARRATIVES OF SEXUAL DANGER IN LATE-VICTORIAN LONDON
George Chauncey, GAY NEW YORK: GENDER, URBAN CULTURE, AND THE MAKING OF THE GAY MALE WORLD
Nell Painter, SOJOURNER TRUTH: A LIFE, A SYMBOL
Gerda Lerner, THE CREATION OF FEMINI ST CONSCIOUSNESS FROM THE MIDDLE AGES TO 1870
Hine, King, and Reed, eds. "WE SPECIALIZE IN THE WHOLLY IMPOSSIBLE": A READER IN BLACK WOMEN'S HISTORY
Ann-Lou Shapiro, ed. FEMINISTS REVISION HISTORY
Francesca Bray, TECHNOLOGY AND GENDER: FABRICS OF POWER IN LATE IMPERIAL CHINA
|Examinations and Assignments: |
A midterm, a final, response papers, and a final research paper.
|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.
|Instructor(s): Tucker,Jennifer Times: .M...F. 11:00AM-12:20PM; Location: PAC413; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 15||SR major: X||JR major: X|| || |
|Seats Available: 0||GRAD: X||SR non-major: X||JR non-major: X||SO: 15||FR: X|
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