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Philippa Levine

ProfessorD.Phil., 1984, Oxford University (St. Antony's College)

Professor; Mary Helen Thompson Centennial Professorship in the Humanities; Co-Director British Studies Program
Philippa Levine


  • Phone: 512-232-1236
  • Office: HRC 3.202B
  • Office Hours: Spring 2011 - M 2:15-3:15 p.m., F 1:30-2:30 p.m. & by appt.
  • Campus Mail Code: B7000


EUS 346 • World Of The Victorians

36945 • Spring 2014
Meets MW 330pm-500pm UTC 3.112
(also listed as HIS 362G)

Britain in the Victorian age has been subject to a great deal of myth-making. It is often seen as a prudish age in which women were kept in the home and children were seen and not heard. This course will offer a more realistic view of the period, as well as exploring how such visions of the Victorian era came about in the twentieth century.

The course is intended to introduce students to the main contours of social and cultural British history both in Britain and in its burgeoning empire. It will examine the paradoxes and contradictions that characterize late eighteenth and nineteenth-century British society, and explore what the idea of “being British” might be said to mean at this time. ‘The World of the Victorians’ offers a broad survey of Victorian social and cultural history, and will include such topics as religion, sexuality, gender, class, family life, the countryside and the city, science and society, and much more.


The readings will largely consist of primary source materials, mostly available online.


Grading will be on the following basis, and will include +/- grades:three assignments/exams, weighted equally:

Paper on Class Readings – summarise, contextualise and analyse a selected primary reading

Mid-Term Exam

Final Exam – cumulative

EUS 346 • England In The 20th Century

36495 • Spring 2011
Meets MW 330pm-500pm UTC 3.132
(also listed as HIS 362G)

This class will consider the course of British history over the twentieth century, a time in which Britain moved from considerable authority in the world to a much reduced status, politically and economically most especially. Since so much of Britain’s power derived from its extensive imperial possessions, the British Empire is as central to this course as are considerations of domestic British history. Alongside this global decline, however, the twentieth century saw dynamic change in British society: in the mid-century years, Britain was transformed into a multi-racial and multi-ethnic society. It shaped one of the dominant welfare states of the century and dominated popular culture for at least a decade before reverting back to a deep conservatism in the 1980s under the long leadership of Margaret Thatcher.


Text: Peter Clarke, Hope and Glory: Britain 1900-2000 (Penguin, 2008: 2nd edition

There will also be primary source materials, and these will be available online


Grading will be on the following basis, and will include +/- grades:


  • Three assignments/exams, weighted equally:
  • Paper on Class Readings – summarize, contextualize and analyze a selected primary reading
  • Mid-Term Exam
  • Research Paper






The British Empire, Sunrise to Sunset

The Rise and Fall of Modern Empires

The Ashgate Research Companion to Modern Imperial Histories

The Oxford Handbook of the History of Eugenics

Gender, Labour, War and Empire in Modern Britain. Essays on Modern Britain



Philippa Levine

Gender, Labour, War and Empire in Modern Britain. Essays on Modern Britain
co-edited with Susan Grayzel, Basingstoke
Palgrave Macmillion

The British Empire, Sunrise to Sunset

Beyond Sovereignty: Britain, Empire and Transnationalism, 1860-1950



Philippa Levine

Beyond Sovereignty: Britain, Empire and Transnationalism, 1860-1950
co-edited with Kevin Grant and Frank Trentman
Palgrave Macmillan

Gender  and Empire: Oxford History of the British Empire Companion Series

Feminist Lives in Victorian England. Private Roles and Public Commitment

Prostitution, Race and Politics: Policing Venereal Disease in the British Empire

Women's Suffrage in the British Empire: Citizenship, Nation and Race



Philippa Levine

Women's Suffrage in the British Empire: Citizenship, Nation and Race
Co-edited with Laura Mayhall and Ian Fletcher

Victorian Feminism 1850-1900



Philippa Levine

Victorian Feminism 1850-1900
University Press of Florida

The Amateur and the Professional. Historians, Antiquarians and Archaeologists in Victorian England, 1838-1886

Current Graduate Students

Stefanie Carter

Studies Victorian civic culture. Her interests include S=Social and cultural history of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Great Britain, particularly in regards to class and labor relations. Comparative history of working-class, public history, and material culture in modern Europe.


Sandy Chang

Studies gender and migration in Britain’s south-east Asian colonies.


Jack Loveridge

Studies India, the British Empire and the Green Revolution. Interests include modern South Asia, British Empire, Decolonization, Economic Development, Agriculture, Nutrition.


Mark Sheaves

Studies popular medicine in the British Empire. Interests include science and medicine in Early Modern Atlantic world; British Empire; Spanish Empire; Global History;


Alexis Truax-Harasemovitch

Studies British Empire in the 18th century Mediterranean. Interests include the British Empire, the British Mediterranean, Long Eighteenth Century, Cultural and Social History, Maritime History, Legal History, Subjecthood and National Identity.

Fieldwork & Research

Professor Levine's main current research project is a history of nakedness.

Forthcoming with Oxford University Press: Eugenics: A Very Short Introduction

Forthcoming with Bloomsbury The British Empire: Critical Readings (4-volumes)


Still Invisible: Women, Gender and Decolonization

The Library of Congress

July 15, 2009

Eugenics Around the World

Not Even Past

February 2013

Bad Blood: Newly Discovered Documents on US Funded Syphilis Experiments

Not Even Past

October 9, 2011

Americans and The Royal Wedding

Not Even Past

April 20, 2011

The Trouble with Film

American Historical Association

March 2010

Madeleine Blair: Nobody's Victim

Canadian Broadcasting Company

April 23, 2013:

The Golden Notebook Project


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