Gender in Early Modern England
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 08 October 2020
Friday 18 December 2020
10 June 2020
Requisites for this module
The aim of this module is to examine the roles and relations of women and men in early modern England between 1550 and 1750. Religion, law and culture represented relations between the sexes in rigid and hierarchical ways: men were to rule and women were to be obedient to them. But the reality was often very different for this was very far from a traditional society.
You will explore how the practical realities of economic life, social and intellectual change and the disruptions of Civil War and Reformation changed opportunities for, and attitudes towards, men and women between the sixteenth and mid-eighteenth centuries.
This module aims to explore the complicated, varied and changing attitudes to and experience of men and women between the sixteenth and the eighteenth centuries through examination of a range of primary sources including diaries, pamphlets, ballads, court records of crime and marital disputes, as well as sermons and advice books.
You will develop a grasp of how evidence may be used to explore the lives of ordinary women and men in early modern England whose voices, until recently, have been hidden from the historical record. The module will also focus on how gender can be used as a category to understand how society worked.
Specific topics considered include the English Civil War, The Reformation, the body, marriage, sexuality, motherhood, work and the use of social spaces such as taverns and coffee houses in eighteenth century towns and cities.
For introductory reading, see:
Gowing, Laura, Gender Relations in Early Modern England (Cambridge, 2012). E Book.
Capern, Amanda L., The Historical Study of Women. England 1500-1700 (Basingstoke, 2008).
This module does not appear to have any essential texts. To see non-essential items, please refer to the module's reading list.
Assessment items, weightings and deadlines
|Coursework / exam
||Document Analysis (1000 words)
||Essay (2500 words)
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Amanda Flather, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr Amanda Flather
Belinda Waterman, Department of History, 01206 872313
Dr Mark Williams
Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History
Available via Moodle
Of 20 hours, 19 (95%) hours available to students:
1 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).
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