Lit Review Topic

In a similar vein as our observation that scholars tend to focus on and idolize¬†“exceptional” women in science, I want to explore academic fascination not just with the particularly talented, but the particularly odd:¬†deviant, rule-breaking, or otherwise “abnormal” individuals. I will not limit my investigation to just women; rather, I aim to examine how and why the scholars we’ve read position atypical men and women alike as significant actors in the history of gender and science. I further hope to question the legitimacy and value of this focus, and its implications for the field. I will focus on our readings on Turing, Houdini, Ada Lovelace, and Sally Ride.

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