(Fall 2012) HIS/GWSS 295: British Feminism: The gender politics of class, nation, and empire
(Prevost), 4 credits, prerequisites:relevant coursework in History or GWSS.
This course will examine the development of various ideologies, practices, and politics of feminism in Britain and the wider British world during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. From Mary Wollstonecraft to Gayatri Spivak, we will consider the formation and fragmentation of feminist movements against a dynamic backdrop of social, political, and global change, including the French Revolution; industrialization and social reform; religious revivals; anti-slavery; the professionalization of education and medicine; disease control; philanthropy and welfare; colonialism and the civilizing mission; suffrage; mass culture; the world wars; anti-colonial nationalism; immigration; the second wave and radicalism; subaltern studies and post-colonialism. Student work will focus on an independent research project using local archives and collections.