The Body and the State in Modern Europe

History 280B.006

Fall 2006
Instructor: 
Durbach
Location: 
2523 Tolman
Day & Time: 
Tues 4-6
CCN: 
39699
Units: 
Units

This course will explore the relationship between the bodies of different types of citizens and subjects--as they were imagined and experienced--and the governments of European nation states from the 1830s through the 1940s. Paying close attention to issues of gender, sexuality, class, race, and ethnicity, this course examines both governmental policies for managing, disciplining, and nurturing the bodies of citizens, and the reaction of the public to these methods. The course is organized thematically, focusing on the bodies of the poor, the dead, the prostitute, the homosexual, and others, but it attempts to situate chronologically the rise of different types of bodies as historically problematic and in need of regulation.