SoSe 17: Passion, Power - Sexualities in U.S. History after 1865
This class has a double purpose: It will a) offer an introduction to concepts and methods of the History of Sexuality in general, and b) tries to specify these ideas with regard to modern U.S. ... Lesen Sie weiter
This class has a double purpose: It will a) offer an introduction to concepts and methods of the History of Sexuality in general, and b) tries to specify these ideas with regard to modern U.S. History. The class aims at underscoring the relevance of the History of Sexuality for understanding power relations between different social groups in the U.S., and it will also deal with sexuality as relevant aspect in various forms of identity politics. Moreover, we will discuss a variety of popular culture representations of different sorts of sexuality. Topics and sources will range from scientific debates to controversies about birth control and eugenics, from policing ‘obscenities’ to queer liberation struggles and various forms of ‘sexual revolutions’.
Course meetings are generally based on selected primary and secondary sources read by all members of the class. I will provide you with all materials I suggest reading together.
Kathy Peiss / Christina Simmons (eds.), Passion & Power. Sexuality in History. Philadelphia 1998; Elizabeth Reis (ed.), American Sexual Histories. Malden, MA/Oxford 2001.