Fall 2016 - Graduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
THIS COURSE IS AVAILABLE TO DOCTORAL STUDENTS ONLY.
This course will examine the varied historical experiences of women in European societies between approximately 1750 and 1985. Beginning with the transition to modernity, we will attempt to construct an understanding of the lives of women of different eras, different nations, and different social classes.
We will consider the multiple relations of women to the family, work, and politics. Our aim will be to identify both how modern European societies have defined the "proper" role of women and how women have collectively and individually adapted, challenged, and transformed such definitions.
Each week we will discuss three types of texts: textbook chapters presenting an overview of a particular period or problem in European women's history; several recent works of historical scholarship on this topic; and select primary sources both documentary and literary.
Jane Austen, Lady Susan
Melville House 978-1935554356
Alexandra Kollontai, Love of Worker Bees
Academy Chicago 978-0897330015
Francoise Sagan, Bonjour Tristesse
Harper Perennial 978-0061440793
May Sinclair, Life and Death of Harriett Frean
Modern Library 978-0812969955
Additional materials will be available electronically.
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria: