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Dr. Susan Sage Heinzelman, Director 2505 University Avenue, A4900, Burdine Hall 536, Austin Texas 78712 • 512-471-5765

Fall 2006

WGS 393 • US Gender, History, and Theory

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
49860 M
6:00 PM-9:00 PM
BUR 128
Coffin, J and Eastman, C

Course Description

This course is intended to orient students in a rapidly changing field: to introduce gender and feminism as both subjects and methods. We will consider some of the classics - and classic debates - in the field. Topics include religion, the household, capitalism and the gender division of labor, sexuality, and subjectivity. We ask what problems raised in gender history reveal about debates over theory and method in the discipline, and we look at what new directions in gender history imply for social and cultural history broadly speaking.

Grading Policy

*Preparation and participation. A seminar only works if everyone participates in an informed and collegial way. Readings and attendance are mandatory. *A précis (2 page, double spaced) of each of the following: Roper, The Holy Household, Mack, Visionary Women, and Pateman, The Sexual Contract. A précis does not criticize or evaluate the book's argument (of course we are interested in your opinion or judgment, but those will come out in our class discussion). Rather you should attempt to encapsulate the books overall argument in your own words. Each précis is due on the day that we discuss the book in seminar. *One longer essay, due in two parts. For October 27, you will write a 6-7 pp. essay based on primary-document research. We will find various documents in the Ransom Center. You will revise and expand that essay into a 12-14 pp. essay that will be due in the week of Dec. 6.


Phyllis Mack, Visionary Women: Ecstatic Prophecy in Seventeenth-Century England (U. of Cal. P., 1993) Lyndal Roper, The Holy Household: Women and Morals in Reformation Augsburg (Oxford U. P. 1991) Carole Pateman, The Sexual Contract (Stanford U. P. 1988) Thomas Laqueur, Making Sex: Body and Gender from the Greeks to Freud (Harvard U. P. 1992) Michel Foucault, History of Sexuality, Vol. 1: An Introduction (Vintage, 1990) Sigmund Freud, Dora: An Analysis of a Case of Hysteria (Simon & Schuster, 1997) Carolyn Steedman, Landscape for a Good Woman (Rutgers, 1987) Judy Walkowitz, City of Dreadful Delight (U. of Chicago P. 1992) Joan Landes, Women and the Public Sphere in the Age of the French Revolution (Cornell Univ Pr;)


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