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

Spring 2007

WGS 393 • Gender Constructions in Early Modern Germany and Europe

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Course Description

We will primarily look at the social construction of gender and at gender as a cultural force in early modern Germany and Europe. While the differentiation between sex and gender is a modern one, there were implicit distinctions made between sexual and social roles: the construction of gender identity is intertwined with issues of status, wealth, ethnicity, and access to power. Furthermore, we will learn that notions of sex and the body are culturally determined as well. In this context, we will explore early modern one, two and three sex theories.


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