HST 276: Gender and Sexuality in Modern Britain, 1850 to the present
Level 2: semester 1
Module Leader: Dr. Julie Gottlieb
Pass in at least two of the Level One modules offered by the Department of History.
Through lectures and seminars, this module offers an overview of the history of gender and sexuality in Modern Britain. We will examine political, social, cultural, demographic and economic change from the perspective of gender relations and constructions of gender identities and roles. Alongside our exploration of gender, we will be interested in shifting understandings of sex and sexual politics from the Victorian period of alleged sexual repression to moments of liberation resulting from two (or more?) so-called 'sexual revolutions' in the 20th century. We will explore how both women and men experienced, negotiated, and reacted to these changes in gender norms and sexual mores and do so by following, broadly, an historiographical approach and a conceptual framework that became increasingly important from the mid-1970s, and one that was summed up in Natalie Zemon Davies' prescriptive musing that "it seems to me that we should be interested in the history of both women and men, that we should not be working only on the subjected sex any more than an historian of class can focus entirely on peasants. Our goal is to understand the significance of the sexes, of gender groups in the historical past." (1975)
One lecture and one seminar per week.