HISTORY 328 - Humanities Topics in History
Section: 001 Votes for Women: British Women's Suffrage in History and Memory
Term: FA 2020
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Repeatability:
May be elected five times for credit.
Primary Instructor:

The story of how British women gained the right to vote is longer (and more complicated) than just the story of organizations and individuals labeled suffragist. It includes prisons and Parliament, actresses and clergymen, lawyers and "flappers" and factory workers, and arguments about the limits of the demand for the vote and who counts as a woman citizen. It is a story about war and empire, as well as about households and marriage. And it is a story that might seem to end at some moments--1918 or 1928—but which generates continuing discoveries. Its geography also continues to grow, as the movements in Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Northern England, and elsewhere move to the center of our thinking.

It is a story which has changed over time, as historians have it from new angles and through new frameworks. In this course, we will consider the long history of "how the vote was won," for whom and when, but we will also look at how this history has been understood over time. We will use the forms of some-times spectacular commemoration generated in 2018, the centenary of the date when some British women got the vote, to explore how those commemorations used and re-considered earlier works like fiction, music, art, memoirs, and historical writing created earlier. In looking at events in 2018 and since, we will explore how the history of suffrage is still being created in the present.

Intended Audience:

This course is suitable for students interested in British history generally, but also for those with particular interests in law, the history of women, the history of sex and debates about sexuality, the history of World War I, and the histories of commemoration, art, and film, as well as students interested in women’s studies and museum studies.

HISTORY 328 - Humanities Topics in History
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
P
20627
Open
24
 
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Tu 10:00AM - 1:00PM
002 (LEC)
P
26367
Closed
0
 
1
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
003 (REC)
P
30342
Closed
0
 
1
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
005 (LEC)
P
30527
Closed
0
 
1
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
006 (LEC)
P
34181
Open
16
 
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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