Fall 2019 - HIST 341 D100
History of Women in Europe: Ideas and Debates from the Renaissance to the Present (4)
Class Number: 9075
Delivery Method: In Person
Examines perceptions and ideas regarding women, their nature, their role(s) in society, their rights and obligations, their sexuality, and their relationship to men and other women that were expressed in Europe from the Renaissance to the Present. Students with credit for HIST 307, HS 307, or GSWS 321 under the topics "Women", or "On Women", or GSWS 341, may not take this course for further credit.
This course examines the perceptions and ideas regarding women, their nature, their roles in society, their rights and obligations, their sexuality, and their relationship to men and other women that were expressed in Europe from the Renaissance (with a brief look into Ancient and Medieval times) to the Present. We will be looking at the changes that European society underwent during that period, the rise of new ideologies and systems of thought and the impact all these had on women. We will be focusing on how women responded to, or initiated, change, as well as the counter-arguments, or new theories, developed to stifle the early women’s movements.
The primary objective of the class is for students to escape determinist approaches to the history of women and their struggle for rights and gain the ability to look at the past in its own terms. Furthermore, by the end of the course students should have the ability to analyze primary source documents and use them in formulating convincing arguments. They will also have gained the ability to write in an analytical manner, presenting a convincing thesis regarding complex issues.
- Class attendance and participation 15%
- Responses to the weekly readings 15%
- Book presentation 10%
- Book review paper 15%
- Midterm 15%
- Final paper 30%
Themes of Classes
- Women in Antiquity
- Saints, Mystics, and Noblewomen of the Middle Ages
- Women and the Renaissance
- The Reformation and Witch-hunts
- The Enlightenment and the French Revolution
- Women in Eastern Europe
- Utopian Socialism and Liberalism
- Bourgeois and Working Class Women
- Nationalism and Scientific Socialism
- Class, Work, and the Nation
- Fin de Siècle Europe, the Demands for Suffrage, and Reaction
- Women, War, and Revolution
- Postwar Europe
Bridenthal, Renate et al Becoming Visible: Women in European History
Lisa DiCaprio and Merry E. Wiesner (eds.) Lives and Voices
Leo Tolstoy, The Kreutzer Sonata
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