Gender, Society and Culture in Early Modern Europe (HISM036)

30 credits

Gender was an important category of difference in early modern society and had significant impact on the lives of both men and women. Ideas about the nature of each sex affected all areas of men's and women's lives and could have both positive and negative consequences. The relationships between discourses about gender and the historical evidence about men and women's lives in the period will be explored both through reading in the extensive secondary literature of gender, women's history and masculinity as well as through the study of primary sources such as wills, court records, advice books, popular literature (ballads and pamphlets, for example), medical books, diaries and personal memoirs.