Description: (Same as History M186A.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour (when scheduled). Designed for juniors/seniors. Exploration of history of women, gender, and sexuality from prehistory to 1792. First half deals with period before written history and asks when did gender appear? How and why did patriarchy develop? Topics include evolution of women's bodies, appearance of gender, women's contribution to Neolithic revolution, significance of Goddess artifacts, creation myths, and women and sexuality in different religions. Consideration of effects of European conquest on Mesoamerican women, women's power in monarchies, gender dimensions of Atlantic slavery, and first manifestations of feminist consciousness in second half. Objects or texts created by women examined or read throughout. P/NP or letter grading.
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