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GSFS 0470 / HIST 0470 Gender and Sexuality in Modern Britain

Since the late eighteenth century, Britain has seen profound changes in attitudes and practices surrounding gender and sexuality.  For example, the social and legal status of women has altered dramatically, attitudes to same-sex relationships continue to shift, the insights of feminism have had a profound intellectual impact, while masculinities have been examined time and again.  These changes have interacted with other trends, including religious life, social class, economic activity, and Britain’s relationship with the empire and the wider world.  This tutorial examines these changes through sources including polemics, history, fiction, film, and theoretical writings.  These range from Mary Wollstonecraft’s 'A Vindication of the Rights of Women' (1792), to modern British cinema.

(Note that this tutorial cannot be taken with the Gender and Sexuality in Modern Britain seminar.)

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