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Race

Week 9 Tutor

Professor Rebecca Earle

TSM 'Race' lecture ppt 2018
Introduction

This session introduces us into the history of race, a subject that since the 1960s underwent several methodological changes.

Core Reading
  • Earle, Rebecca, ‘‘If You Eat Their Food . . .’: Diets and Bodies in Early Colonial Spanish America’, American Historical Review 115:3 (2010).
  • Gould, Stephen Jay, The Mismeasure of Man (New York: Norton, 1981).
Seminar Questions
  • Is race a useful category of historical analysis? Is it possible to have a non-racist analysis of race?
  • How do the techniques used to interpret human difference reflect the societies and periods from which they have emerged?
  • How has the historiography of race changed in the last three decades and why?
Further Reading
  • Alden T. Vaughan and Virginia Mason Vaughan, ‘Before Othello: Elizabethan Representations of Sub-Saharan Africans’, William and Mary Quarterly, Third Series, 54:1 (1997), pp. 19-44.
  • Ania Loomba and Jonathan Burton (eds), Race in Early Modern England: A Documentary Companion (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007).
  • David Brion Davis, ‘Constructing Race: A Reflection’, William and Mary Quarterly, Third Series, 54:1 (1997), pp. 7-18.
  • Stuart Hall, ‘Cultural Identity and Diaspora’, Identity, Community, Culture, Difference, ed. Jonathon Rutherford (London, 1990).
  • Jennifer L. Morgan, ‘‘Some Could Suckle over Their Shoulder’: Male Travelers, Female Bodies, and the Gendering of Racial Ideology, 1500-1770’, William and Mary Quarterly, Third Series, 54:1 (1997), pp. 167-192.
  • Nancy Ordover, American Eugenics: Race, Queer Anatomy, and the Science of Nationalism (Minneapolis, University of Minnesota Press, 2003).
  • Robert Bartlett, ‘Medieval and Modern Concepts of Race and Ethnicity’, Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 31:1 (2001), pp. 39–56.
  • Thomas Hahn, ‘The Difference the Middle Ages Makes: Color and Race before the Modern World', Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 31:1 (2001).