Sex and Culture in the 19th-century United States

Fall 2009 | Wheaton College


In this course, we examine the history of thinking, talking, and writing about the nature and meaning of sex, with particular attention to the historiography of the field over the past thirty-five years, especially regarding ideas and practices in the nineteenth-century United States and Europe. We pay particular attention to intersections of race, class and gender, as well as to the emergence of new discourses of homosexuality in the second half of the century.