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AM411 - Histories of Gender in the Americas: Ladies, Wenches, Hombres and Machos

  • Module code: AM411
  • Module name: Histories of Gender in the Americas: Ladies, Wenches, Hombres and Machos
  • Department: Comparative American Studies
  • Credit: 30

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

Were slave-owning ladies in the American south really like Scarlett O’Hara? Do Mexican men describe themselves as macho? This module examines the social construction of ideas about masculinity and femininity in the Americas during the past two hundred years, looking in particular at the origins of some of the gender stereotypes familiar through literature and cinema. Drawing on a wide range of sources—from poetry written by Chicana feminists and works of Queer Theory to nineteenth-century Spanish American novels—it explores the shaping of gender norms in Anglo and Latin America. The importance of race and class in differentiating the behaviours expected from both men and women is a particular focus. Topics covered include the origins of the white Southern obsession with inter-racial sex and ‘white womanhood’, the accuracy of view that Hispanic society is fiercely concerned with honour, and the place of homosexuality within ‘macho’ Latin cultures. The module contrasts the versions of the past presented in historical writings with those depicted in novels, poetry and film, and seeks to explain when and why particular gender stereotypes emerged.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of this module you will: understand the origins of some contemporary ideas about gender and sexuality in the Americas; be aware of the importance of race in shaping these ideas, and of the broad historical contexts out of which they emerged; be familiar with a variety of historiographical approaches to the study of gender in the Americas; express yourself in written work with greater fluency and coherence; have improved your ability to assess and evaluate historical analysis and argument.

Timetabled teaching activities

This module is taught through weekly 2-hour seminars.

Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/cas/undergraduate/modules/am411

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
30 CATS (Module code: AM411-30)
B (Examination only) Examination - Main Summer Exam Period (weeks 4-9) 100%
Assessed Course Work 50%
Examination - Main Summer Exam Period (weeks 4-9) 50%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core

N/A

Optional Core
  • Undergraduate History, Literature and Cultures of the Americas (V230) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate History, Literature and Cultures of the Americas (V231) - Year 3
Optional
  • Undergraduate Comparative American Studies (Q405) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate French and History (R1VA) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate History and Italian (R3V2) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate History (V100) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate History (with Year Abroad) (V101) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate History, Literature and Cultures of the Americas (V230) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate History and Sociology (VL13) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate History and Sociology (with Year Abroad) (VL14) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate History and Politics (VM11) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate History and Politics (with Year Abroad) (VM12) - Year 4
  • BA in History and Culture (VR20) - Year 3
  • BA in History and Culture (VR21) - Year 3
  • BA in History and Culture (VR22) - Year 3
  • BA in History and Culture (VR23) - Year 3
  • BA in History and Culture (with Year Abroad) (VR24) - Year 4
  • BA in History and Culture (with Year Abroad) (VR25) - Year 4
  • BA in History and Culture (with Year Abroad) (VR26) - Year 4
  • BA in History and Culture (with Year Abroad) (VR27) - Year 4