Le Grand Syllabus 2016/2017
Teachers : Elissa MAILÄNDER (Professeur associé à Sciences Po), Christina WU. Prerequisite : This course is designed to introduce students to the major issues surrounding gender and sexuality over the course of the twentieth century. Class attendance and participation are mandatory. All readings, oral presentations and papers are due in English. Pedagogical format : Seminar Course validation : - One group products : students are required to prepare one 10-15 minute oral presentation on a topic (distributed at the ﬁrst class). - One test at week nine. - One 3 page paper, due at week twelve. Class attendance and participation are mandatory. All readings, oral presentations and papers are due in English. Workload : Students are required to come to class each week, having read the week's essay and be prepared to discuss it. The course readings will form the basis for both the test and the ﬁnal paper. Pedagogical method : The format for this course will be a lecture with class discussion of the readings. The teaching assistant will also hold six sessions throughout the semester for students to discuss their work on the papers as well as the readings. Students are encouraged to attend the teaching assistant sessions. Course Description : Often called the “century of sex”, the twentieth century is frequently understood as a period when “gender troubles” emerged in Europe and beyond. Gender and sexuality profoundly shaped the century, from the question of equality between the sexes to the increasing liberalization of sexual mores and rights including female suffrage, birth control, the legalization of divorce, women's rights and gay marriage. But to relate a narrative of merely gradual progress would misrepresent the complicated nature of gender and sexual politics during the twentieth century in Europe. This was a violent and bloody time on the continent, branded in particular by two world wars and totalitarian states that massively inﬁltrated the private lives of individual citizens. Focusing in particular on Fascism and Germany, we will also consider racial discrimina470
tion, violence and genocide, all of which complicate the question of gender relations. In this class we will pay special attention to new historiographies and scholarly debates that have emerged in recent decades. We'll consider initial efforts in the early-1970s to animate women's history by writing a more universal study of gender and then pull these disciplinary threads forward to current scholarship that focuses on the study of plurality, including the social construction of masculinities/maleness and femininities/femaleness. We will thus also consider recent developments in the ﬁeld of male studies, the history of sexuality, and queer studies. Last but not least, we'll examine the ways in which gender can be a useful tool to understand recent social and political events in this beginning of 21st century. Required reading : Week 2 : Joan Wallach Scott, "Gender : A Useful Category of Historical Analysis" in R. Shoemaker and M. Vincent (eds.), Gender and History in Western Europe (London, 1998), pp. 42-64 (ﬁrst published in the American Historical Review, vol. 91, no. 5 (1986), 10531075) ; Week 2 : Michel Foucault, "The Subject and Power", in H.L. Dreyfus and P. Rabinow, Michel Foucault : Beyond Structuralism and Hermeneutics, Second Edition, (Chicago, 1983), pp. 208-226 ; Week 3 : Nicoletta F. Gullace, "White Feathers and Wounded Men : Female Patriotism and the Memory of the Great War" in Journal of British Studies, vol. 36, no. 2 (1997), pp. 178206 ; Week 4 : Cornelie Usborne, "Abortion as an Everyday Experience in Village Life : A Case Study from Hesse", in C. Usborne, Cultures of Abortion in Weimar Germany, (New York, 2011), pp. 163-200 ; Week 5 : Anna Hájková, "Sexual Barter in Times of Genocide : Negotiating the Sexual Economy of the Theresienstadt Ghetto", Signs, vol. 38, no. 3 (2013), pp. 503-533.
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Semester : Autumn Number of hours : 24 Language of