HIS 392 • US Gender History and Theory
This course is intended to orient students in a rapidly changing field: to introduce gender as both a subject and a "category of analysis." It covers some classics, classic debates, and new issues and approaches. We will consider how problems raised in gender history connect with crucial debates about theory and method in the discipline of history. We will also examine new directions in gender history and what they suggest for social and cultural history broadly speaking. Readings are primarily European and American. Topics include the construction of masculine and feminine; historical approaches to subjectivity, sexuality and identity, cross-cultural encounters; imperialism, women, and feminism; race and gender; and new efforts to write transnational and comparative histories.
Sigmund Freud, Dora: An Analysis of a Case of Hysteria (1905) Michel Foucault, History of Sexuality, Volume I (1976) Carolyn Steedman, Landscape for a Good Woman (1987) Denise Riley, Am I That Name? (1988) Carole Pateman, The Sexual Contract (1988) Thomas Laqueur, Making Sex: The Body and Gender from the Greeks to Freud (1990) Judith Walkowitz, City of Dreadful Delight (1992) George Chauncey, Gay New York (1994) Kathleen Canning, Gender and the Practice of History (2005)