Women and Popular Culture in U.S. History


This course examines representations of women in popular culture in the United States. We will focus on the dramatic changes in the characteristics attributed to women over time; the multiple, often conflicting ideas about women that circulated at particular moments; and the influence of race, class, and sexuality in shaping popular conceptions about women. We will then consider what popular culture reveals about women’s lives: how it reflected and obscured the actual conditions of women’s lives; how it constrained women; and how women also used popular conceptions for their own ends. The course uses a variety of materials, including plays, novels, movies, images, and music. Instructor: Edwards
Curriculum Codes
  • CCI
  • EI
  • CZ
  • SS
Typically Offered
Fall and/or Spring