Writing Gender History

Paperback | March 1, 2010

byLaura Lee Downs

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How has feminist scholarship changed history? Writing Gender History explores the evolution of historical writing about women and gender from the 1930s until the early twenty-first century. With chapters on the history of Europe, the USA, colonial India and Africa, the disucssion moves from women's history to gender history, and then to poststructuralist challenges to that history.

This revised edition includes an exciting new chapter looking at recent scholarship on race, gender and sexuality in colonial and transnational history, and on the history of the body. Highly accessibly but also encouraging new debate, this book provides students with a comprehensive understanding of gender history, as well as its possible future.

Reviews of the first edition:

'Ingenuity and perspicuity shine through Laura Lee Downs' superb distillation and analysis of women's and gender history. To understand accomplishments and changes in the field, put this book at the top of your list.' Nancy F. Cott, Professor of American History, Harvard University.

'Puts the entire range of women's and gender history into context, showing how it challenges the conventional pieties, opens up new veins of research, and transforms our understanding of every aspect of history. Her command of the literature is simply astounding... Sure to be seen as a landmark in the development of the field of history in the broadest sense.' Lynn Hunt, Professor of Modern European History, UCLA.

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How has feminist scholarship changed history? Writing Gender History explores the evolution of historical writing about women and gender from the 1930s until the early twenty-first century. With chapters on the history of Europe, the USA, colonial India and Africa, the disucssion moves from women's history to gender history, and then ...

Laura Lee Downs is Director of Studies at the Centre de Recherches Historiques, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris. She is the author of France at War (Berg, 2000), Childhood in the Promised Land (Duke University Press, 2003) and Why France? (Cornell University Press, 2007).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9.17 × 6.11 × 0.62 inPublished:March 1, 2010Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0340975164

ISBN - 13:9780340975169

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Table of Contents

Introduction; Before the second wave: scholarship on women from the early twentieth century into the 1960s; Second-wave feminism and the rediscovery of women's history, 1968-1975; Feminist historians and the 'new' social history: the case of England, 1968-1995; Is female to male as nature is to culture? Feminist anthropology and the search for a key to all misogynist mythologies; Beyond separate spheres: from women's history to gender history; Gender history, cultural history and the history of masculinity; Gender, poststructuralism and the 'cultural/linguistic turn' in history; Gender and history in a postcolonial world; From separate spheres to the public sphere: gender and the sexual politics of citizenship; Gender and history in a post-poststructuralist world; Conclusion: women's and gender history as a work in progress

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Downs puts the entire range of women's and gender history into context, showing how it challenges the conventional pieties, opens up new veins of research, and transforms our understanding of every aspect of history. Her command of the literature is simply astounding and her work is sure to be seen as a landmark in the development of the field of history in the broadest sense.