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BHUM 1655A - Gender and Imperialism in the late 19th and 20th Centuries

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

The objective of this course is to introduce European, American and Japanese Imperialism in the late 19th and 20th century through a gender oriented perspective. The course explores gender as a critical tool for historical analysis, introducing students with fundamental concepts in the area of Gender studies, and highlighting a range of so-called marginal episodes within the history of Imperialism. Following exploratory sessions about the concept of gender and its applicability for historical analysis, the subsequent subjects will be examined: the role of white women in the British and French Empires, the construction of masculinity, femininity and homosexuality under imperial rule, the patriarchal elements of imperialism, the intersection of gender and race in the colonies, women's participation in national movements for independence and the construction of the family, motherhood and sexuality in the colonial context.


MADAR, Revital (Etudiante à Sciences Po)

Additional required reading

  • Aldrich Robert. (2003). Colonialism and Homosexuality. London & New York: Routledge
  • Chakravorty Spivak Gayatri. (2010). Can the Subaltern Speak? In Morris Rosalind (Ed.), Can the Subaltern Speak? Reflections on the History of an Idea. New York, USA: Columbia University Press
  • Philippa Levine (Ed.). (2004). Gender and Empire. Oxford & New York: Oxford University Press.
  • McClintock Anne. (1995). Imperial Leather: Race, Gender and Sexuality in the Colonial Contest. London & New York: Routledge