Gender History Across Epistemologies, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 111850822X
  • ISBN-13: 9781118508220
  • DDC: 305.309
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 350 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released March 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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Epistemological critiques - questions about how we know what we know - are intrinsic to gender history. Feminist historians, in bringing an explicitly gendered perspective into history, have produced new ways of knowing the past through a broad range of methods and epistemological frameworks. This diversity is evident within the collection of essays in which contributions to the work on gender history are approached from a wide range of disciplinary locations and methods. The essays reveal how historians of gender are crossing boundaries - disciplinary, methodological, and national - to explore new opportunities for viewing gender as a category of historical analysis. The result is a broad range of innovative approaches to gender history. For example: performance theory informs the analysis of womens letters; attention to border crossers points to geopolitical dimensions of how we know what we know about the gendered past; and archival silences act as starting points for explorations of unorthodox historical methods.  This important examination of how various ways of knowing operate in current historical research on gender demonstrates that recent approaches to gender history encompass surprising crossovers and common grounds unimaginable even two decades ago.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Notes on Contributors.
Introduction: Gender History Across Epistemologies.
1: Master Narratives and the Wall Painting of the House of the Vettii, Pompeii.
2: ‘More Beautiful than Words & Pencil Can Express’: Barbara Bodichon's Artistic Career at the Interface of her Epistolary and Visual Self Projections.
3: Public Motherhood in West Africa as Theory and Practice.
4: Profiling the Female Emigrant: A Method of Linguistic Inquiry for Examining Correspondence Collections.
5: Beyond Constructivism?: Gender, Medicine and the Early History of Sperm Analysis, Germany 1870–1900.
6: ‘I Just Express My Views & Leave Them to Work’: Olive Schreiner as a Feminist Protagonist in a Masculine Political Landscape with Figures.
7: Gender without Groups: Confession, Resistance and Selfhood in the Colonial Archive.
8: The Power of Renewable Resources: Orlando's Tactical Engagement with the Law of Intestacy.
9: The Politics of Gender Concepts in Genetics and Hormone Research in Germany, 1900–1940.
10: The Language of Gender in Lovers' Correspondence, 1946–1949.
11: Gender-Bending in El Teatro Campesino (1968–1980): A Mestiza Epistemology of Performance.
12: Changing Paradigms in Migration Studies: From Men to Women to Gender.
13: Reconsidering Categories of Analysis: Possibilities for Feminist Studies of Conflict.
14: An Epistemology of Collusion: Hijras, Kothis and the Historical (Dis)continuity of Gender/Sexual Identities in Eastern India.