SoSe 17: More than husbands and wives: Histories of Gender in Early America
This class has a double purpose: It will a) offer an introduction to concepts and methods of the Gender History in general, and b) tries to specify these ideas with regard to North American Colonial ... read more
This class has a double purpose: It will a) offer an introduction to concepts and methods of the Gender History in general, and b) tries to specify these ideas with regard to North American Colonial History and U.S. History before 1865.
On a first level, we will discuss different approaches, concepts and terms that shaped the development of international Gender History since the 1960s (and even earlier). In order to get a fuller understanding on the importance of looking at historical gender relations and the struggles over power and identity they contained, we will work with primary sources and secondary texts dealing with, e.g., religious perspectives on gender roles considered appropriate, on the ideals as well as the realities of marriage, on different ideas of womanhood and manhood existing among different social groups, on the political dimensions that struggles over gender roles often assumed.
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.
Sue Morgan (ed.), The Feminist History Reader. London et al., 2006