Sex in the City: Women and Gender in Urban History- Session D (Jul 8- Aug 16)

History 136AC

Summer 2013
Second 6 Week Session
Day & Time: 
MTuWTh 11-1P
  • This course satisfies the American Cultures Requirement.
  • Gender Matters explores the social, political, cultural and economic history of women and men's lives, as well as changing sexual attitudes toward gender, the family and sexuality. We will use urban landscapes of nineteenth and twentieth-century America to explore how women from different classes and diverse minority and immigrant populations experienced, challenged, defined, and redefined dominant notions of proper womanhood (and manhood) since the market revolution gave rise to the city and modern family during the antebellum period. We will also explore how women helped shape public policy and social movements during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Finally, the course will explore how consumer and popular culture, technology, and social movements for gender equality, gave rise to new debates about the role of the family, gender roles and the attempt to regulate sexuality and reproduction.


    Sandra Weathers Smith earned her Ph.D. in History from U. C. Berkeley in 2001 and served as a U. C. Faculty Fellow 2001-2004. Her research focuses upon performance and theatergoing in U.S. Urban History; and her dissertation examines the making and meaning of African American and Yiddish theatergoing practices in New York during the early twentieth century. Courses she teaches range from The American City; Ritual and Performance in U.S. Cultural History; Gender History; Labor History; and The Historiography of Slavery. Sandra is on the Faculty at The Spence School in New York City.

    Course Books

    The House of Mirth by Wharton, Edith Oxford University Press. ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-0199538102 Required
    The House on Mango Street by Cisneros, Sandra Vintage. ISBN: 978-0679734772 Required
    Coming of Age in Mississippi by Moody, Anne Delta. ISBN: 978-0385337816 Required
    The Feminine Mystique by Friedan, Betty W. W. Norton & Company. ISBN: 978-0393322576 Required
    The Yellow Wall-Paper by Gilman, Charlotte Perkins Penguin Classics. ISBN: 978-0143105855 Required
    Unequal Sisters: An Inclusive Reader in U.S. Women's History by Ruiz, Vicki Routledge. ISBN: 978-0415958417 Required
    Mysteries of Sex: Tracing Women & Men through American History by Ryan, Mary The University of North Carolina Press. ISBN: 978-0-8078-5945-2 Required