20710172 - history of women in the West

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Mutuazione: 20710172 Storia delle donne in occidente in Storia e società LM-84 ROSSINI DANIELA


The course adopts an international and comparative approach to women’s history in the contemporary age. It will encompass both methodological issues, such as the use of gender as a category, or of biographies, and aspects of the condition of women and the process of their emancipation in Italy and in other western countries. Students will be able to analyze themes of interest to them through discussion and individual or group presentations during classes, and choose most of the texts for the final exam.

Core Documentation

Two volumes chosen among the following ones:

Georges Duby and Michelle Perrot, A History of Women in the West, Harvard UP, Cambridge Ma. 1993: 8 essays chosen in the volumes No. 4 and 5 on the 19th and 20th Centuries [available also in other languages]

Tiziana Plebani, Le scritture delle donne in Europa. Pratiche quotidiane e ambizioni letterarie (secoli XIII-XX), Carocci, Roma 2019

Marie Sandell, The Rise of Women’s Transnational Activism, I.B. Tauris, London 2015

Leila J. Rupp, Worlds of Women. The Making of an International Women’s Movement, Princeton University Press, Princeton 1997

Karen Offen, European Feminisms 1700-1950. A Political History, Stanford University Press, Stanford 2000

Daniela Rossini, Donne e propaganda internazionale. Percorsi femminili tra Italia e Stati Uniti nell’età della Grande Guerra, FrancoAngeli, Milano 2015

Alessia Lirosi, Libere di sapere. Il diritto delle donne all’istruzione dal Cinquecento al mondo contemporaneo, Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura, Roma 2015

Elda Guerra, Il dilemma della pace. Femministe e pacifiste sulla scena internazionale, 1914-1939, Viella, Roma 2014

Gisela Bock, Le donne nella storia europea, Laterza, Roma-Bari 2003 [available also in English]

Fiamma Lussana, Il movimento femminista in Italia. Esperienze, storie, memorie, Carocci, Roma 2012

Liviana Gazzetta, Orizzonti nuovi. Storia del primo femminismo in Italia (1865-1925), Viella, Roma 2018

and also
the article by Gisela Bock, “Women’s History and Gender History: Aspects of an International Debate”, in Gender and History, vol. 1 N. 1, Spring 1989, pp. 7-30, or the article by Joan W. Scott, “Gender: A Useful Category of Historical Analysis," American Historical Review 91, No. 5 (December 1986), pp. 1053-75

Type of delivery of the course


Type of evaluation

oral exams