26016 - Feminist Historiography - Storiografia Femminista

Academic Year 2021/2022

  • Docente: Elena Musiani
  • Credits: 6
  • SSD: M-STO/04
  • Language: English
  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Modern, Post-Colonial and Comparative Literatures (cod. 0981)

Learning outcomes

The student possesses an in-depth knowledge of feminist historiography and of the origin of women's history in different cultural contexts. He acquires methodological tools that will allow him to research autonomously in these areas.

Course contents

The course aims to analyze the main themes of feminist historiography and the history of women and gender from a national and international perspective from the 19th to th 21th centuries.Through lectures and critical reading of original sources, the course aims to develop the emancipation process and construction of female citizenship on both a social and then political level.

Still in keeping with a comparative perspective, the module will address women's emancipation movements in and outside Europe; the theme of women’s education and women in the workplace; periods of discord and unity; the struggle to acquire the main political and social rights; the question of memory.



1) One book from the following 

  • Gisela Bock, Le donne nella storia europea: dal Medioevo ai nostri giorni, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2006.
  • P. Willson, Italiane. Biografia del Novecento, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2011.
  • Elda Guerra, Storia e cultura politica delle donne, Bologna, Archetipolibri, 2008.

2)One book from the following

  • Conduct Literature for and about Women in Italy. 1470-1900. Prescribing and Describing Life, Helena Sanson, Francesco Lucioli (eds.), Paris Classiques Garnier, 2016.
  • Katherine Mitchell, Helena Sanson, Women and gender in post-unification Italy, Oxford, Peter Lang, 2013.
  • Women’s Education in Southern Europe. Historical Perspectives (19th–20th centuries), a cura di Antonella Cagnolati, Antonio Fco. Canales Serrano, vol. II, Roma, Aracne, 2018
  • Angela Steidele [http://www.lafeltrinelli.it/libri/angela-steidele/2009426], Nessuna mi ha mai detto di no. Anne Lister e i suoi diari segreti, Somara Edizioni, 2020


More suggestions will be given during the lessons.

Teaching methods

Frontal lesson and seminars in archive.

Assessment methods

Written paper on a chosen subject and discussion.

Teaching tools

Ppt presentation; films and documents

Office hours

See the website of Elena Musiani


Gender equality Reduced inequalities

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.