Gender in the age of modernity*

This course is part of the programme
Bachelor's study programme Cultural history (1st level)

Objectives and competences

Students get aquinted with the categories of sex and gender in the age of modernity, they are sensibilised about the gender and discriminatory practices in the society.
The student will be able to use the category of gender as an analytical category.


No prerequits are required.


Gender as an analytical category at the intersection of cultural history and literary science.
Brief overview of the history of gender.
Changes in the position of women and men in the society of the 19th century.
The rise of the »woman's question«.
Crisis of gender identities – new images of femininity and masculinity.
The figure of the new woman and feminine man in the public and in the literary discourse.
Slovenian women's movement (historical overview, persons, societies, magazines).
Female professions in the age of modernity (workers, teaches, post office employees ...).
Economical migrations and gender in the age of modernity.
Female discoveries of new places and spaces – travelogues and relationship to the urban spaces.
Public discourses on female education, marriage and sexuality.
Representations of gender in literary texts of modernity.

Intended learning outcomes

After sucessfuly passed exam the students will
aquire knowledge from the field of gender studies;
understand how the category of gender is constructed in the field of history and literary science;
be able to analyse gender in different social, historical and cultural contexts;
develop the competence of recognising the effects of gender discrimination and evaluate it in cultural patterns of modernity and in present time.


  • Gisela Bock: Ženske v evropski zgodovini. Ljubljana: Založba /cf, 2004
  • Geneviève Fraisse (ur.): History of Women in the West, Volume IV: Emerging Feminism from Revolution to World War. Cambridge (Mass.); London: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1995 E-version
  • Eric Hobsbawm: Čas imperija. Ljubljana: Sophia, 2012 Catalogue
  • Vesna Leskošek: Zavrnjena tradicija: ženske in ženskost v slovenski zgodovini od 1890 do 1940. Ljubljana: Založba /cf., 2002
  • Katja Mihurko Poniž: Evine hčere: konstruiranje ženskosti v slovenskem javnem diskurzu 1848-1902, (Humanistika). Nova Gorica: Univerza, 2009 Catalogue UNG Publisher
  • Joan Wallach Scott: Gender and the politics of the history. New York: Columbia University Press, 1999 Catalogue E-version
  • Marta Verginella: Ženska obrobja: vpis žensk v zgodovino Slovencev. Ljubljana: Delta, 2006


Active participation at lectures and seminars (90 % attendance); written assignment (15.000 signs) and oral presentation.

Lecturer's references

MIHURKO PONIŽ, Katja. Zapisano z njenim peresom: prelomi zgodnjih slovenskih književnic s paradigmo nacionalne literature. V Novi Gorici: Založba Univerze, 2014.
MIHURKO PONIŽ, Katja. Women's emancipation (1897). V: WAYNE, Tiffany K. (ur.). Feminist writings from ancient times to the modern world: a global sourcebook and history. Santa Barbara; Denver; Oxford: Greenwood, 2011, vol. 1, str. 333–336.
MIHURKO PONIŽ, Katja. Evine hčere: konstruiranje ženskosti v slovenskem javnem diskurzu 1848–1902, (Humanistika). Nova Gorica: Univerza, 2009.
MIHURKO PONIŽ, Katja. Labirinti ljubezni v slovenski književnosti od romantike do II. svetovne vojne, (Zbirka Sodobna družba, 2008, 20). Ljubljana: Sophia, 2008. V, 254 str. ISBN 978-961-6294-93-5.
MIHURKO PONIŽ, Katja. Kveder, Zofka. V: HAAN, Francisca de (ur.), DASKALOVA, Krasimira (ur.), LOUTFI, Anna (ur.). A biographical dictionary of women's movements and feminisms in Central, Eastern, and South Eastern Europe: 19th and 20th centuries. Budapest; New York: CEU Press/Central European University Press, cop. 2006, str. 282–285.
MIHURKO PONIŽ, Katja. Nation and gender in the writings of Slovene women writers: 1848–1918. Aspasia, 2008, vol. 2, str. 28–43.