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Week 8. Gender

Tutor: Anne Gerritsen (

  • What is “gender” and in what ways have (global) historians used it as a tool of analysis?
  • How can a “gender perspective” change our view of the comparative development, features, and ending of slavery in the Americas and the broader Atlantic World?
  • What problems have been encountered by historians who want to incorporate gender into their research?
  • Why has gender not been a more prominent feature of global history to date?
Key Readings:

Joan Wallach Scott, “Gender: A Useful Category of Historical Analysis.” The American Historical Review, 91: 5 (December 1986): 1053-1075.

Wiesner-Hanks, M. E. (2018). 'Adjusting Our Lenses to Make Gender Visible'. Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 12(2), 3-32.

Diana Paton, “Gender, Language, Violence and Slavery: Insult in Jamaica, 1800-1838,” Gender & History, 18:2 (August 2006): 246-265.

Bashford, Alison. "Bioscapes: Gendering the Global History of Medicine." Bulletin of the History of Medicine, vol. 89 no. 4, 2015, pp. 690-695. Project MUSE.

Further Readings:

Beckles, Hilary. Centering Woman: Gender Relations in Caribbean Society. Kingston: Ian Randle, 1999. Especially “Introduction.”

Sarah L. Franklin, Women and Slavery in Nineteenth-Century Colonial Cuba, especially “Introduction”

Jennifer L. Morgan, Labouring Women: Reproduction and Gender in New World Slavery, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004; especially “Introduction,” pp. 1-11, and chapter 3, pp. 69-106.

Kristin Hoganson. “Garrisonian Abolitionists and the Rhetoric of Gender, 1850-1860.” American Quarterly, 45:4 (December 1993): 558-95.

Pamela Scully and Diana Paton (eds.), Gender and Slave Emancipation in the Atlantic World. Particularly Diana Paton and Pamela Scully, “Introduction: Gender and Slave Emancipation in Comparative Perspective,” pp. 1-34 (although the whole volume is useful)

Stearns, Peter Nathaniel. Gender in World History. London: Routledge, 2002.

Rupp, Leila J. “Toward a Global History of Same-Sex Sexuality.” Journal of the History of Sexuality, vol. 10, no. 2, 2001, pp. 287–302.