Spring 2016

Intersections among American Women

Listed in: Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies, as SWAG-114


Wendy H. Bergoffen (Section 01)


This course explores the relationships among diverse American women between 1880 and 1930.  Intersections will serve as a conceptual framework for considering the ways women forged coalitions and marked distinctions along ethnic, racial, sexual, and class lines.  The nation changed significantly during the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, and women responded to these changes variously.  A vocal group campaigned for suffrage, even as some women fought against it.  Reformers opened settlement houses and championed social work, while working-class women critiqued reformist ideologies.  Some women sought personal independence through contraception, while others found it in same-sex communities. The course will engage with a range of materials, including fiction, memoir, historical documents, and photography; readings will include selections of literary criticism, ethnic and racial studies, and social history.

Limited to 18 students. Spring semester. Lecturer Bergoffen.

If Overenrolled: Preference given to first-year students, SWAGS students, and American Studies students.

Cost: 125 ?


Attention to Writing


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2016