This course name and description ONLY applies to academic year 2016-2017

HIST 13184-6: Men, Women, and the American City

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Instructor: Emily Remus

This course examines the social and cultural history of men and women in American cities from the rise of the modern metropolis in the late nineteenth century to the present day. It focuses on the gendered dimensions of urban life and the interactions of men and women in urban space. We will query how the urban experience for men and women differed (and converged) as we trace the influence of gender on urban culture, society, and the built environment. We will investigate how men and women used city spaces, as well as how access to space facilitated and constrained their economic, social, and political prospects. Throughout the course, we will consider divisions of sexuality, race, and class and ask how these divisions shaped social forms and spatial boundaries. Our readings and discussions will introduce students to a range of American cities, but we will pay particular attention to Chicago. In addition to recent scholarship and text-based primary sources, we will analyze visual culture, such as maps, photographs, travel brochures, architecture, and film.