Gender History Bibliography

Alonso, Ana Maria. Thread of Blood: Colonialism, Revolution, and Gender on Mexico’s Northern Frontier, University of Arizona Press, 1995.

Amadium, Ifi. Male Daughters, Female Husbands: Gender and Sex in an African Society, Zed. 1987.

Bailey, Beth. Sex in the Heartland, Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1999.

Bernstein, Gail, ed. Recreating Japanese Women, 1600-1945, Berkeley:  University of California Press, 1991.

Block, Sharon. Rape and Sexual Power in Early America, Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2006.

Bourke, Joanna. Dismembering the Male: Men’s Bodies, Britain and the Great War, University of ChicagoPress, 1996.

Brown, Kathleen. Good Wives, Nasty Wenches and Anxious Patriarchs: Gender, Race and Power in Colonial Virginia, University of North Carolina Press, 1996.

Bederman, Gail. Manliness and Civilization: A Cultural History of Gender and Race in the United States, 1880-1917, University of Chicago Press, 1995.

Besse, Susan K. Restructuring Patriarchy: The Modernization of Gender Inequality in Brazil, 1914-1940, University of North Carolina Press, 1996.

Brundage, James A. Law, Sex, and Christian Society in Medieval Europe, University of Chicago Press, 1987.

Burton, Antonette, ed. Gender, Sexuality and Colonial Modernity, Routledge, 2000.

Butler, Judith. Undoing Gender. New York: Routledge, 2004.

The Question of Gender: Joan W. Scott’s Critical Feminism, Judith Butler and Elizabeth Weed, eds., Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2011.

Camp, Stephanie M.H.. Closer to Freedom: Enslaved Women and Everyday Resistance in the Plantation South, Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2004.

Carey, Jane. “The Racial Imperatives of Sex: birth control and eugenics in Britain, the United States and Australia in the interwar years,” Women’s History Review, 21 5(November 2012): 733–52.

“Men about town: Representations of foppery and masculinity in early eighteenth-century urban society,” Philip Carter, in Gender in Eighteenth-Century England Roles, Representations and Responsibilities, Hannah Barker and Elaine Chalus, eds., London: Addison Wesley Longman, 1997.

Clark, Anna, “Anne Lister’s Construction of Lesbian Identity,” Journal of the History of Sexuality, 7 (1996): 23-50.

Clark, Anna. Scandal: The Sexual Politics of the British Constitution, Princeton University Press, 2005.

Cleves, Rachel Hope, Charity and Sylvia: A Same-Sex Marriage in Early America, New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.

Clinton, Catherine, and Michele Gillespie, eds. The Devil’s Lane: Sex and Race in the Early South, Oxford University Press, 1997.

Cook, Matt. Queer Domesticities: Homosexuality and Home Life in Twentieth-Century London, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.

Dabhoiwala, Faramerz. The Origins of Sex: A History of the First Sexual Revolution. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.

Deslandes, Paul. Oxbridge Men: British Masculinity and the Undergraduate Experience, 1850-1920, Indiana University Press, 2015.

Earle, Rebecca. “Rape and the Anxious Republic: Revolutionary Colombia, 1810-1830,” in Dore, Elizabeth and Maxine Molyneux, eds. Hidden History of Gender and the State in Latin America, Duke University Press, 2000.

Earner-Byrne, Lindsey. “The Rape of Mary M.: A Microhistory of Sexual Violence and Moral Redemption in 1920s Ireland,” Journal of the History of Sexuality 24 1(January 2015): 75-98.

Edwards, Laura. Gendered Strife and Confusion: The Political Culture of Reconstruction, Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 1997.

Engelstein, Laura. The Keys to Happiness: Sex and the Search for Modernity in Fin-de-Siecle Russia, Cornell University Press, 1992.

Fischer, Kirsten. Suspect Relations: Sex, Race and Resistance in Colonial North Carolina, Cornell University Press, 2002.

Foster, Thomas. Sex and the Founding Fathers: The American Quest for a Relatable Past, Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2014.

Foucault, Michel. Discipline and punish: the birth of the prison, New York: Vintage Books, 1995.

Foucault, Michel. A History of Sexuality: An Introduction, vol. 1, Knopf Publishing Group, 1990.

Foucault, Michel, “The Subject and Power,” Critical Inquiry 8 4(Summer, 1982): 777-95.

Freedman, Alisa; Miller, Laura; and Yano, Christine.  Modern Girls on the Go:  Gender, Mobility, and Labor in Japan.  Stanford:  Stanford University Press, 2013.

Freedman, Estelle B.. Redefining Rape: Sexual Violence in the Era of Suffrage and Segregation, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2013.

Freud, Sigmund. Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality, Basic Books, 2000.

Fruhstuck, Sabine. Uneasy Warriors: Gender, Memory, and Popular Culture in
the Japanese Amry. Berkeley:  University of California Press, 2007.

Fruhstuck, Sabine, and Anne Walthall, eds. Recreating Japanese Men.
Berkeley:  University of California Press, 2011.

Ghoussoub, Mai and Emma Sinclair-Webb, eds. Imagined Masculinities: Male Identity and Culture in the Modern Middle East, Palgrave/Saki, 2000.

Gilmore, Glenda. Gender and Jim Crow: Women and the Politics of White Supremacy in North Carolina, 1896-1920, Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1996.

Gleadle, Kathryn. “Revisiting Family Fortunes: reflections on the twentieth anniversary of the publication of L. Davidoff & C. Hall (1987) Family Fortunes: men and women of the English middle class, 1780–1850,” Women’s History Review, 16 5(2007): 773-82.

Glymph, Thavolia. Out of the House of Bondage: The Transformation of the Plantation Household, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008.

Godbeer, Richard. Sexual Revolution in Early America. Baltimore, Md: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002.

Gordon, Andrew.  Fabricating Consumers:  The Sewing Machine in Modern Japan.  Berkeley:  University of California Press, 2012.

Gordon-Reed, Annette. Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemmings: An American Controversy, University Press of Virginia, 1997.

Gowing, Laura. Domestic Dangers: Women, Words, and Sex in Early Modern London, Oxford University Press, 1996.

Guttman, Matthew C. The Meaning of Macho: Being a Man in Mexico City, The University of California Press, 1996.

Guttierez, Ramon A. When Jesus Came, the Corn Mothers Went Away: Marriage, Sexuality and Power in New Mexico, 1500-1846, Stanford University Press, 1991.

Hall, Jacquelyn Dowd. Revolt Against Chivalry: Jessie Daniel Ames and the Women’s Campaign Against Lynching Rev. ed., New York: Columbia University Press, 1993.

Hunter, Tera W..  To ‘Joy My Freedom: Southern Black Women’s Lives and Labors after the Civil War, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1998.

Karen Harvey, The History of Masculinity, circa 1650–1800,” Journal of British Studies, 44 2(April 2005): 296-311.

Karen Harvey and Alexandra Shepard, “What Have Historians Done with Masculinity? Reflections on Five Centuries of British History, circa 1500 to 1950,” Journal of British Studies, 44 (2005): 274-80.

Hekman, Susan J., ed., Feminist Interpretations of Michel Foucault, Pennsylvania State University Press, 1996.

Herzog, Dagmar. “Pleasure, Sex, and Politics Belong Together,” Critical Inquiry (Winter 1998).

Hodgson, Dorothy and Sheryl McCurdy, eds. “Wicked” Women and the Reconfiguration of Gender, Heinemann, 2001.

Hoganson, Kristin L.. Fighting for American Manhood: How Gender Politics Provoked the Spanish-American and Philippine-American War, New Haven: Yale University Press, 2000.

Houlbrook, Matt, and Harry Cocks, eds., Palgrave Advances in the Modern History of Sexuality, Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.

Hull, Isabel. Sexuality, State, and Civil Society in Germany, 1700-1815, Cornell University Press, 1996.

Hunt, Nancy Rose, et al. Gendered Colonialisms in African History, Blackwell, 1997.

Hurtado, Albert. Intimate Frontiers: Sex, Gender, and Culture in Early California, University of New Mexico Press, 1999.

Jerome, Roy, ed. Conceptions of postwar German masculinity, State University of New York Press, 2001.

Kaplan, Temma. “Naked Mothers and Maternal Sexuality: Some Reactions to the Aba Women’s War,” in Jetter, Alexis, Annelise Orleck, and Diana Taylor, eds. The Politics of Motherhood: Activist Voices from Left to Right, University Press of New England, 1997.

Kent, Susan. Making Peace: The Reconstruction of Gender in Postwar Britain, Princeton University Press, 1994.

Kimmel, Michael. Manhood in America: A Cultural History 3rd ed, New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.

Koven, Seth. Slumming: Sexual and Social Politics in Victorian London, Princeton University Press, 2006.

Lancaster, Roger. Life is Hard: Machismo, Danger, and the Intimacy of Power in Nicaragua, University of California Press, 1992.

Laqueur, Thomas. Making Sex: Body and Gender from the Greeks to Freud, Harvard University Press, 1992.

Levitan, Kathrin. “Redundancy, the ‘Surplus Woman’ Problem, and the British Census, 1851–1861,” Women’s History Review, 17 3(July 2008): 359–76.

Leys, Ruth. “The Turn to Affect: A Critique,” Critical Inquiry, 37 3 (Spring 2011): 434-472.

Lewis, Earl and Heidi Ardizzone. “A Modern Cinderella: Race, Sexuality, and Social Class in the Rhinelander Case,” International Labor and Working Class History 51(Spring 1997).

Liang, Ellen Johnston.  Selling Happiness:  Calendar Posters and Visual Culture in Early Twentieth Century Shanghai.  Honolulu:  University of Hawaii Press, 2004.

Lyons, Clare. Sex Among the Rabble: An Intimate History of Gender and Power in the Age of Revolution, Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina, 2006.

McCall, Leslie. “The Complexity of Intersectionality,” Signs 30 3(Spring 2005): 1771-1800.

McCurry, Stephanie. Confederate Reckoning: Politics and Power in the Civil War South, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2012.

McDonald, Lynn. “Florence Nightingale a Hundred Years on: who she was and what she was not,” Women’s History Review, 19 5(Nov 2010): 721-40.

Meyerowitz, Joanne. ed. Not June Cleaver: Women and Gender in Post-War America, Temple University Press, 1994.

Miller, Laura and Jan Bardsley, ed. Bad Girls of Japan. New York:
Palgrave MacMillan, 2005.

Moore, Henrietta and Megan Vaughan. Cutting Down Trees: Gender, Nutrition and Agricultural Change in Northern Province, Zambia 1890-1990, Heinemann, 1994.

Morgan, Jennifer L., Laboring Women: Reproduction and Gender in New World Slavery (Chapel Hill: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004).

Mort, Frank. Capital Affairs: London and the Making of the Permissive Society, Yale University Press, 2010.

Mumford, Kevin J. Interzones: Black/White Sex Districts in Chicago and New York in the Early Twentieth Century,  New York: Columbia University Press, 1997.

Musallam, B. F. Sex and Society in Islam, Cambridge University Press, 1983.

Najmabadi, Afsaneh. “Beyond the Americas: Are Gender and Sexuality Useful Categories of Analysis?” Journal of Women’s History, 18 1(Spring 2006): 11-21

Nye, Robert. Masculinity and Male Codes of Honor in Modern France. Oxford University Press, 1993.

Nye, Robert. “Western Masculinities in War and Peace,” American Historical Review, 112 (April, 2007): 417-38.

Peirce, Leslie. “Seniority, Sexuality and Social Order: The Vocabulary of Gender in Early Modern Ottoman Society,” in Zilfi, Madeline C., ed. Women in the Ottoman Empire, Brill, 1997.

Roberts, Dorothy. Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction and the Meaning of Liberty, Vintage Books, 1997.

Roberts, Mary Louise. Civilization without Sexes: Reconstructing gender in postwar France, 1917-1927, University of Chicago Press, 1994.

Roberts, Mary Louise. What Soldiers Do: Sex and the American GI in World War II France, University Of Chicago Press, 2014.

Rose, Sonya. What Is Gender History? Polity, 2010.

Rosen, Hannah. Terror in the Heart of Freedom: Citizenship, Sexual Violence, and the Meaning of Race in the Postemancipation South, Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2009.

Rotundo, E. Anthony. American Masculinity: Transformations in Masculinity from the Revolution to the Modern Era, New York: Basic, 1994.

Scott, Joan. “Gender: A Useful Category of Historical Analysis” American Historical Review, 91 5(1986): 1053-75.

Scott, Joan Wallach. The Fantasy of Feminist History. Duke University Press, 2012.

Silverberg, Miriam. Erotic, Grotesque, Nonsense: The Mass Culture of Japanese Modern Times. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2006.

Silverblatt, Irene. Sun, Moon, and Witches: Gender Ideologies in Inca and Colonial Peru, Princeton University Press, 1987.

Sinha, Mrinalini. Specters of Mother India: The Global Restructuring of an Empire. Durham: Duke University Press, 2006.

Sland, Bugitte. Becoming Modern: Young Women and the Reconstruction of Womanhood in the 1920s, Princeton University Press, 2000.

Smith, Lois M. and Alfred Padula. Sex and Revolution: Women in Socialist Cuba, Oxford University Press, 1996.

Snyder, R. Claire, “What Is Third‐Wave Feminism? A New Directions Essay,” Signs, 34 1(Autumn 2008): 175-96.

Somerville, Diane M. “Rape, Race, and Castration in Slave Law in the Colonial and Early South,” in Clinton, Catherine and Michel Gillespie, eds. The Devil’s Lane: Sex and Race in the Early South, New York: Oxford University Press, 1997.

Stanley, Amy Dru. From Bondage to Contract: Wage Labor, Marriage, and the Market in the Age of Slave Emancipation, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998.

Stern, Steve J. The Secret History of Gender: Women, Men, and Power in Late Colonial Mexico, University of North Carolina Press, 1992.

Stoler, Ann L. “Making Empire Respectable: The Politics of Race and Sexual Morality in Twentieth-Century Colonial Empires,” American Ethnologist
16 (1992).

Stryker, Susan. “Transgender History, Homonormativity, and Disciplinarity,” Radical History Review, 100 (Winter 2008): 145-57.

Tatar, Maria. Lustmord: Sexual murder in Weimar Germany, Princeton University Press, 1995.

Tosh, John. A Man’s Place Masculinity and the Middle-Class Home in Victorian England, New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 2007.

Tosh, John. “Masculinities in an Industrializing Society: Britain, 1800–1914,” Journal of British Studies, 44 2(April 2005): 330-42.

Uberoi, Patricia, ed. Social Reform, Sexuality and the State, Sage, 1996.

Walkowitz, Judith. City of Dreadful Delight: Narratives of Sexual Danger in Late Victorian London, University of Chicago Press, 1992.

Walkowitz, Judith. Nights Out: Life in Cosmopolitan London, Yale University Press, 2012.

Wanhalla, Angela. “To ‘Better the Breed of Men’: women and eugenics in New Zealand, 1900–1935,” Women’s History Review, 16 2(Apr 2007): 163-82.

Wyatt-Brown, Bertram, Honor and Violence in the Old South, New York: Oxford University Press, 1986.


Use the comment space below to suggest additions to this reading list. Periodically, those suggestions will be debated by the gender history working group at Florida State University, and the list will be updated. Ideally, though, readers will take a bibliography, refine and remake it to their specific research or teaching interests, and then submit it back to Projects in History, with a brief explanation of the rationale behind their choices and changes. All authors of new lists will have the option of attaching a brief biography and contact information to their reading list (see example on the “About” page). The initial version of the list presented on this page was complied by Charles Upchurch, with significant additions by Katherine Mooney, Laurie Wood, and Annika Culver, and is indebted to work done by the Women’s and Gender History Program at Rutgers University.


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