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Gender and History

Seminar Questions
  • Who is 'hidden from history'? And why?
  • Has women's history plateaued since the millenium?
  • What are the challenges of writing men's history or the history of masculinities?
  • Can men write women's history?
  • How has queer theory/queer history changed our understanding of nineteenth-century Britain?

Key Reading

Group 1

Group 2

  • Jane Rendall, 'Uneven developments: women's history, gender history and feminist history in Great Britain', in Karen Offen, Ruth Roach Pierson and Jane Rendall (eds), Writing Women's History pp. 45-54 [e-book]
  • June Purvis, 'A Glass Half Full'? Women's history in the UK', Women's History Review, 27:1 (2018), pp. 88-108

Group 3


Further Reading

John Beynon, Masculinities and Culture (Buckingham, 2002)

Caroline Bressey, 'Geographies of Belonging: white women and black history', Women's History Review, 2013

Gisela Bock, ‘Women’s History and Gender History: Aspects of an International Debate’, Gender and History 1 (1989)

Kathleen Brown, ‘Brave New Worlds: Women’s and Gender History’, William and Mary Quarterly, 3rd ser., 50/2 (1993)

T. Ditz, ‘The New Men’s History and the Peculiar Absence of Gendered Power: Some Remedies from Early American Gender History’, Gender and History 16/1 (2004)

Kathryn Gleadle, 'The Imagined Communities of Women's History: current debates and emerging themes, a rhizomatic approach', Women's History Review, 4 (2013) pp. 524- 540.

Laura Lee Downs, Writing Gender History (London, 2004)

Michel Foucault, History of Sexuality (1978)

Joyce Goodman, 'The gendered politics of historical writing in History of Education', History of Education, 2012

Steven Marcus, The Other Victorians (1966)

June Purvis, 'The politics of history writing: a reply to Keith Flett', History of Education, 24 (1995)

Sheila Rowbotham, Hidden from History (London, 1973)

Robert Shoemaker and Mary Vincent (eds), Gender and History in Western Europe (London, 1998)