WOMENSTD 372 - Women and Gender in European History
Section: 001 Women and Gender in Early Modern Europe
Term: FA 2008
Subject: Women's Studies (WOMENSTD)
Department: LSA Women's Studies
Other Course Info:
(Gender in a Global Context).
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course explores the history of women and gender relations in European society and culture during the early modern period: from the Protestant Reformation and the opening out to the New World through the French Revolution. Through lectures, discussions, and readings, we will pursue the following questions:

  • How did the gender systems of early modern societies shape women’s lives?
  • What was the range of possibilities open to early modern women and how did they respond to them?
  • How important was gender to the ways in which early modern women thought and wrote about their lives and the issues of the day?
  • How did gender intersect with other factors in shaping individual women’s lives?
  • What impact did events such as the Protestant Reformation and the French Revolution have on the lives of women?

The textbook for this course is Wiesner, Women and Gender in Early Modern Europe, 2nd edition. Additional readings will include the following texts written by women during the period we are studying: The Life of Saint Teresa of Avila; The History of Mary Prince, A West Indian Slave; Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman. Additional documents will be balanced with readings by contemporary historians of women and gender that present different historical interpretations.

Written Assignments:

  • response papers
  • Take-home midterm
  • 5-page annotated bibliography on a topic of your choosing
  • 5-7 page paper based on your annotated bibliography

WOMENSTD 372 - Women and Gender in European History
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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