WGS 301 • 11-US Women/Sexuality/Gender to 1865
3:00 PM-4:30 PM
This lecture course will examine changes in the history of women, sexuality, and gender from the first colonial settlements through the Civil War. Drawing on a range of sources, including women's and men's political, imaginative, and private writings as well as the work of historians, we will explore the changing relation of gender and sexuality to families, economics, politics, religions, and culture. We will pay special attention to the ways that changes in gender roles and attitudes toward sexuality altered the lives of both men and women in these years.
Grades will be based on two essay exams, one 5-page paper, and a short analysis of one of the original documents assigned in class. Engaged, thoughtful class discussion and participation will improve your final grade.
Fanny Fern, Ruth Hall Hannah Foster, The Coquette Timothy Gilfoyle, City of Eros Richard Godbeer, Sexual Revolution in Early America Harriet Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Linda Kerber, Women of the Republic Kathryn Kish Sklar, Women's Rights Emerges within the Antislavery Movement, 1830-1870