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

Summer 2007

HIS s365G • Gender/Sexuality in African Amer Hist

Unique Days Time Location Instructor

Summers, M

Course Description

This class will explore three broad and interconnecting themes: how cultural understandings of race have impacted cultural understandings of gender and sexuality (and vice versa); how dominant cultural notions of gender and sexuality have underpinned relations of power between blacks and whites; and how gender and sexuality have shaped relationships within African American communities. While this course will devote much of its attention to how the interrelatedness of race, gender, and sexuality serves to produce and maintain power relationships between African Americans and the dominant culture, we will also spend much of the class exploring how black women and men of all class backgrounds and sexual orientations have resisted these power relationships and, in many cases, reproduced them in their own communities.

Partially fulfills the legislative requirement for American history.

Grading Policy

2 short (3-5 pages) papers: 25% each Take-home final exam: 30% Class participation (incl. pop quizzes, discussion, attendance): 20%


Deborah Gray White, Ar'nt I a Woman? Female Slaves in the Plantation South. Revised edition. New York: W. W. Norton, 1999. Nella Larsen, Quicksand and Passing. 1928-9. Reprint, with an introduction by Deborah E. McDowell. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 1986. Angela Y. Davis, Blues Legacies and Black Feminism: Gertrude "Ma" Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Billie Holiday. New York: Pantheon Books, 1998. Steve Estes, I am a Man! Race, Manhood, and the Civil Rights Movement. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2005. Course packet of various articles


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