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Sexual Politics: Gender History in Twentieth Century Britain

When you'll study it
Semester 2
CATS points
30
ECTS points
15
Level
Level 4
Module lead
Charlotte Riley
Academic year
2021-22

Module overview

How does gender shape our lives? How does gender shape history? This course explores British from the Edwardian period to second wave feminism, through the lens of gender and sex. We will be thinking about how ordinary people’s lives were shaped by gender, and how men and women experienced Britain differently, across the twentieth century. We will take an intersectional approach to this study, exploring how gender, race and ethnicity, class, sexual identity, and other identities interacted with one another. We will also examine how ways that masculinity and femininity were constructed and reimagined in this period. There is a focus across the course on social and cultural history, and we will use a variety of primary sources including media, pop culture, fiction, material culture, and government documents to examine this complex and rewarding history.

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