Academic year
2018/2019 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
FM0404 (AF:273152 AR:158302)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Master's Degree Programme (DM270)
Educational sector code
1st Semester
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The discipline belongs to the core educational activities of the Master’s Degree Programme in History from the Middle Ages to Present. Those activities prepare students to specialize in history in and outside Europe, acquiring a specific understanding of the fundamental epistemologies of a historian’s practice and of the methodology of investigation of primary and secondary sources.
The attendance and the active participation at the course and the individual study will allow the students: 1) to acquire the knowledge and the understanding of the major categories, problems, historiographical trends related to women's and gender history; 2) to acquire a deeper knowledge on "gender and religion in the Early Modern Age" by reading and discussing historical essays; 3) to approach this subject through the first-hand analysis and evaluation of primary sources; 4) to give an oral presentation on a case-study; to write a paper (essay) based on a critical analysis of the scientific literature and of sources related to a case-study
Knowledge of the basic events of European History in the Early Modern and Modern Age, even if the student hasn’t passed yet the specific examinations.
What is intended by "women's history" and by "gender history"? When and in which contexts "women's history" and "gender history" first emerged? Which were in the last decades the main fields of women's- and gender history? How can we use gender as "a useful category of historical analysis" (Scott 1986)?
After the introductory lessons, the first part of the course will approach methodological and historiographical questions through participative seminar activities (reading, discussions, presentations).
First part:
1. Joan W Scott, Genere, Politica, Storia, a cura di I. Fazio, Roma, Viella, 2013, pp. 1-130.
2. Gianna Pomata, La storia delle donne: una questione di confine, in Il mondo contemporaneo. Gli strumenti della ricerca 2: Questioni di metodo. Firenze, La Nuova Italia, 1983.
3. Caroline Walker Bynum, Fast, Feast, and Flesh: The Religious Significance of Food to Medieval Women, «Representations», Vol. 11 Summer, 1985; (pp. 1-25)

Second part:
1. Elena Bottoni, Scritture dell’anima. Esperienze religiose femminili nella Toscana del Settecento. Roma, Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura, 2010.
2. Caroline Walker Bynum, Sacro convivio sacro digiuno. Il significato religioso del cibo per le donne nel Medioevo, Milano, Feltrinelli, 2001
3. Natalie Zemon Davis, Donne ai margini. Tre vite del XVII secolo, Bari, Laterza 1996 (e ristampe successive)
4. Cristina Galasso, Alle origini di una comunità: ebree ed ebrei a Livorno nel Seicento, Firenze, Olschki, 2002
5. Tamar Herzig, Le donne di Savonarola. Spiritualità e devozione nell’Italia del Rinascimento, Roma, Carocci, 2014.
6. Daniela Lombardi, Matrimoni di antico regime, il Mulino, Bologna, 2001.
7. Anne Jacobson Schutte, Aspiring Saints. Pretense of Holiness, Inquisition and Gender in the Republic of Venice (1618-1750), Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001
8. Xenia von Tippelskirch, Sotto Controllo, Roma, Viella, 2011
9. Gabriella Zarri, Recinti. Donne, clausura e matrimonio nella prima età moderna, il Mulino, Bologna, 2000.

The students who can’t attend the course will add one of these handbooks:

1. Merry E. Wiesner, Le donne nell'Europa moderna, 1500-1750. Torino, Einaudi, 2003

2. Gisela. Bock, Le donne nella storia europea, Laterza, Roma-Bari 2008
Student attending the course: written final paper and oral exam. The active participation to the class will be evaluated too.
Students who can't attend the course: written examination on the texts indicated in the section "Referral texts" of this Syllabus (1st part: see section; 2nd part: two monographs and a handbook)
Introductory lessons; seminar activities: weekly reading of a historical essay; class discussions; student presentations.
Students attending the course: at least 7/10 lesson.
Students who can't attend the lessons are invited to communicate their program to the teacher before the examination
written and oral

This subject deals with topics related to the macro-area "Human capital, health, education" and contributes to the achievement of one or more goals of U. N. Agenda for Sustainable Development

Definitive programme.
Last update of the programme: 20/05/2018