Reactive Expressions: Deviance, Control & Erotic Desire in New York City, 1825-1875

Katherine Hijar : History

Mentor: Professor David Henkin, History

Katherine will travel to New York this summer to conduct archival research on visual and textual representations of women in the mid-nineteenth century. By examining images of sexual women and women in New York City's public spaces, she intends to extend our understanding of nineteenth century anxieties about urban crime, urban sexuality and ideals of moral conduct and bodily control. Utilizing a wide variety of archival sources, including illustrations of New York life found in engravings, ephemera and popular literature, as well as textual sources from the period, Katherine's Senior Honors Thesis in History promises to contribute to the intersecting fields of urban history, cultural history and gender studies.