History 101.005

Fall 2006
Instructor (text): 
104 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
TuTh 11-12:30

This seminar will focus on sexuality and gender in the Roman world from roughly the second century BC to the second century AD. The course will define masculinity and femininity within cultural context, and examine how men and women conformed to these definitions or radically subverted them in both public and private spheres. In addition, class discussions will explore the ways in which sexuality either reinforced acceptable male and female roles or challenged the status quo. The first four weeks of the course will familiarize students with the methods and theories employed in gender studies, as well as introduce a range of ancient sources including prose, poetry, epigraphs, and graffiti. Secondary readings will complement the primary materials and acquaint students with relevant scholarship.

The principal objective of the course is to prepare students for writing a substantial research paper (30-40 pages). Accordingly, discussions will concentrate on analyzing and interpreting primary sources and formulating an argument based on original research. During the fifth week of the semester, students will submit a paper proposal along with a preliminary bibliography. The remainder of the semester will be spent developing final papers. The papers may address topics proposed in class, or topics outside the parameters of the course with the permission of the instructor.

Kathryn Jasper is currently a second-year doctoral student in the Department of History. She holds a BA in archaeology with a minor in classics and an MA in medieval European history from the University of Arizona. Prior to her arrival in Berkeley, Jasper taught ancient, medieval, and modern European history at the University of Arizona for three years. She has also taught beginning and intermediate Latin. Her research interests include Roman art and archaeology, Latin philology, medieval monastic history, gender studies, and cultural linguistics. Although Jasper primarily studies Italian ecclesiastical culture, one of her favorite subjects to teach is Roman history, and in particular the history of Roman women.