Topics in United States Gender History


This colloquium will survey foundational and cutting-edge scholarship on the social construction of femininity and masculinity in U.S. history, from the colonial era to 1900.

We will explore how gender conventions take shape, and how they are perpetuated and contested.  Our readings represent a wide range of topics and methods:  they reconsider key events in women’s history such as the Salem witch trials and Seneca Falls convention; historicize such concepts as patriarchy, home, work, public and private; illustrate how gender history has enriched traditional fields such as political and military history; and place American gender conventions in a transnational and comparative perspective.

Corcoran Department of History
University of Virginia
Nau Hall - South Lawn
Charlottesville, VA 22904


(434) 924-7147
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M-F 8am to 4:30pm
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