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Alan Tully, Chair 128 Inner Campus Dr., Stop B7000, GAR 1.104 Austin, TX 78712-1739 • 512-471-3261

Spring 2007

HIS 350L • Women and Gender in Eastern Europe-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
39700 F
-TBA--TBA

Neuburger, M

Course Description

This undergraduate seminar provides an exploration of the experiences, activities, and roles of women in East European society in historical perspective. We will also explore the meaning of "gender", and when possible, look at historical works on gender images, roles, and relations in the East European context. With an emphasis on reading, discussion, and critical writing, we will examine various periods with a focus on the twentieth century -- the Second World War, the Communist and post-Communist periods. We will look at a range of women's lives and roles from the highest circles of power to the margins of east European society, in peace and in war, in the home and in public life. There will be readings on women from various classes, ethnic groups and political orientations. Considerable time will be devoted to an analysis of how various east European societies and regimes viewed women (as well as men) and to what extent they attempted and were successful at manipulating womens roles in production, consumption and reproduction. We will also touch upon such disparate themes as gender and violence, everyday life, modernity, dress, and resistance.

Grading Policy

Grades will be based on participation that is both expected and required, and 10, 2 page review-sponse papers. The Grades will be broken down in the following way: Participation (30%), Papers 7% each.

Texts

Readings will include, but not be limited to, the following: Constante, Lena. The Silent Escape: Three Thousand Days in Romanian Prison. Drakulic, Slavenka. How I Survived Communism and Even Laughed. Kovaly, Heda. Under a Cruel Star: A Life in Prague 1944 - 68. Ramet, Sabrina, ed. Gender Politics in the Western Balkans: Women and Society in Yugoslavia and the Yugoslav Successor States. Munevera Had~iaehovi. A Muslim Woman in Tito's Yugoslavia. Nancy Wingfeld and Maria Bucur, eds. Gender And War in Twentieth-century Eastern Europe: Gender And War in 20th Century Eastern Europe.

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