Erste Sitzung: 16. Oktober 2018
Die Anmeldung findet im Rahmen des allgemeinen Verfahrens der Fachrichtung 4.3 statt. Bitte beachten Sie die Mitteilungen auf der Website der Fachrichtung und die Aushänge.
”Be militant each in your own way. […] I incite this meeting to rebellion!” (Emmeline Pankhurst, 1912)
2018 marks the centenary of the Representation of the People Act, which gave women (who were older than thirty) the right to vote in the UK. This course will introduce you to the (sometimes violent) struggle for female enfranchisement, which is frequently remembered as the main aim of the so-called first wave of feminism. However, these women and men were not just fighting for a fundamental political right, but for far-reaching social changes. The texts discussed in class cover issues ranging from marriage, sexual and reproductive rights, and access to education and professional careers, to every-life concerns such as the right to dress sensibly, to smoke, to ride a bicycle, or play football. In addition to this, we are going to look at how the events of 100 years ago are represented in contemporary popular culture, i.e., in Sarah Gavron’s 2015 film Suffragette, and how they are commemorated and celebrated in the UK this year.
Text: Please purchase the following edition of H.G. Wells’s novel and read it before the start of term. All other texts will be made available to you via moodle.
Wells, H. G. Ann Veronica. Edited by Sita Schutt, Penguin, 2005.
The book should be available at Bock & Seip on campus before the start of the new term.