Gender Studies 109 Shattuck Hall 538-2257

GNDST 101 - Introduction to Gender Studies
Mary Renda, Chaia Heller

Tuesday, Thursday  11:00-12:15 p.m. & 1:15-2:30 p.m.

This course examines the social and historical construction of gender from cross-cultural and interdisciplinary perspectives. The intersections among gender, race, class, and sexuality in various contexts, past and present, will be central to our inquiry. Topics will include the politics of appearance, women's economic status, sexual violence, racism, legacies of colonialism, the challenges of transnational feminist activism, and strategies for change. We will examine the development of feminist theory and its practices in various local and transnational contexts.

GNDST 204 (01)/ ENG 286F (01) - Sexuality and Women's Writing
Elizabeth Young

Tuesday, Thursday  1:15-2:30 p.m.

A historical approach to the analysis of political discourses and economic relations in Latin America, Spain and Latina/o cultures in the United States. Topics may include, but are not limited to, imperialism, (post/neo)colonialism, (trans)nationalism, migration, globalization, and neoliberalism. The specific course contents and examples examined will vary each semester. An examination of how U.S. women writers in the twentieth and twenty-first century represent sexuality in prose. Topics to include: lesbian, queer, and homoerotic possibilities; literary strategies for encoding sexuality; thematic interdependencies between sexuality and race; historical contexts such as the "inversion" model of homosexuality and the Stonewall rebellion; and theoretical issues such as the "heterosexual matrix" and the "epistemology of the closet." Authors studied may include Allison, Bechdel, Brown, Cather, Gomez, Larsen, McCullers, Moraga, Nestle, Pratt, Stein, and Woolson; theorists may include Butler, Lorde, Rich, and Sedgwick.

GNDST 210 (01)/ REL 207 (01) - Women and Gender in Islam
Amina Steinfels

Wednesday  2:40-3:55 p.m.

This course will examine a range of ways in which Islam has constructed women—and women have constructed Islam. We will study concepts of gender as they are reflected in classical Islamic texts, as well as different aspects of the social, economic, political, and ritual lives of women in various Islamic societies.

GNDST 212 (01)/ PSYCH 211 (01) - Psychology of Women
Francine Deutsch

Monday, Wednesday  8:35-9:50 a.m.

A multicultural feminist analysis of women's lives around the world. Emphasizing the diversity of women's experience across ethnicity, social class, and sexuality, this course examines existing psychological theory and research on women. The course will have a strong international emphasis.

 

GNDST 221 (01) - Feminist and Queer Theory Through Film
Christian Gundermann
Tuesday, Thursday  11:00-12:15 p.m.

We will be reading a number of key feminist texts that theorize the construction of sexual difference, and challenge the oppression of women. We will then address queer theory, an off-shoot and expansion of feminist theory, and study how it is both embedded in, and redefines, the feminist paradigms. This redefinition occurs roughly at the same time (1980s/90s) when race emerges as one of feminism's prominent blind spots. We will study these shifts through the analysis of a few moving pictures, or, to put it differently: all you always wanted to know about feminism, but didn't think to ask film makers such as Almodóvar, Hitchcock, Jarman, Pasolini, Varda, and others.

GNDST 333 (01)/ SOC 305 (01) - Sociology of Gender
Elenor Townsley

Wednesday  1:15-4:05 p.m.

This course focuses on the social production of gender relationships across a range of institutional, interactional, intellectual, and cultural contexts. The syllabus is structured around selections from major social, political, economic, and cultural theories of gender in addition to several exemplary empirical studies. Weekly topics include kinship and socialization, the contemporary moral orders of masculinity and femininity, family organization, legal systems and nation-states, war and rape, and the gendered organization and deployment of expert authority in a range of social settings.

GNDST 333 (02)/ ENG 359 (01) - Emily Dickinson in Her Times
Martha Ackmann

Tuesday  1:15-4:05 p.m.

This course will examine the writing of Emily Dickinson, both her poetry and her letters. We will consider the cultural, historical, political, religious, and familial environment in which she lived. Special attention will be paid to Dickinson's place as a woman artist in the nineteenth century. The class will meet at the Dickinson Museum (280 Main Street in Amherst and accessible by Five College bus). Enrollment is limited to ten students.

GNDST 333 (03)/ AMST 340 (01)/ASIAN 340 (01) - Love, Gender-Crossing, and Women's Supremacy:  A Reading of The Story of the Stone
Ying Wang

Wednesday  1:15 – 4:05 p.m.

A seminar on the eighteenth century Chinese masterpiece The Story of the Stone and selected literary criticism in response to this work. Discussions will focus on love, gender-crossing, and women's supremacy and the paradoxical treatments of these themes in the novel. We will explore multiple aspects of these themes, including the sociopolitical, philosophical, and literary milieus of eighteenth-century China. We will also examine this novel in its relation to Chinese literary tradition in general and the generic conventions of premodern Chinese vernacular fiction in particular.

GNDST 333 (04)/ HIST 301 (04) - Women and Gender in South Asia
Kavita Datla

Wednesday  1:15-4:05 p.m.

This colloquium will explore the history of South Asia as seen from women's perspectives. We will read writings by women from the ancient period to the present. We will focus on the diversity of women's experiences in a range of social, cultural, and religious contexts. Themes include sexuality, religiosity, rights to education and employment, violence against women, modernity and citizenship -- in short, those issues central to women's movements in modern South Asia. In addition to the textual sources, the course will analyze Indian popular film and the representation of women in this modern visual genre.

GNDST 333 (05)/ ANTHRO 316 (01) - Gender, Food and Agriculture in the Global Context
Chaia Heller

Monday  1:15-4:05 p.m.

This course explores the gendered domains of food and agriculture as they unfold within household and community economies in the global south and in G-8 countries. We will examine the place of women in systems of food production, processing, marketing, and consumption. We will address locally regulated markets, cuisines, and peasant farming systems as they interface with international neo-liberal systems of market and trade. We will also pay close attention to emergent women's agricultural cooperatives and unions as they shape new transnational coalitions that offer sustainable (and flourishing) solutions to problems associated with post-industrial agriculture.

GNDST 333 (06)/ BIO 321 (02) - Sexual selection and sexual conflict in animals: Theory, research, and feminist critique
Denise Pope

Tuesday, Thursday  2:40-3:55 p.m.

Sexual selection theory explains how selection on traits that allow individuals to attract potential mates or defeat potential rivals can lead to the evolution of sexual dimorphism. Sexual conflict theory investigates how the conflicting interests of males and females in mating interactions can result in the co-evolution of traits for manipulation and resistance. Feminist critics point out how these theories reflect and in turn propagate stereotypes about human behavior. This course explores classic and current biological literature on sexual selection and sexual conflict alongside feminist critiques of the language use, the assumptions, and the interpretation of research in these fields.

GNDST 333 (07)/ HIST 301 (05) - Women and Gender in the Middle East
Nadya Sbaiti

Tuesday, Thursday  2:40-3:55 p.m.

This course is designed to provide students with a nuanced historical understanding of issues related to women and gender in the region defined as the area from Morocco to Iran. After an introduction to the main themes and approaches in the study of women and gender, we will examine the development of discourses on gender and the lived experiences of women from the rise of Islam, through the Ottoman Empire, and up to the twentieth century. Topics: the politics of marriage, divorce, and reproduction; women's political and economic participation; Islamist movements; the new field of masculinity studies; and the highly contested topics of homosexuality and trans-sexuality in the Middle East.

GNDST 333 (08)/ SPAN 330 (01) - Women Writers: Early Feminisms
Nieves Romero-Diaz
Monday, Wednesday  11:00-12:15 p.

This course examines a variety of literary expressions of Early Modern Spanish women (Teresa de Avila, Catalina de Erauso and María de Zayas among others). Attention will be paid to the formal means by which women writers emulated, appropriated or subverted male-authored models. A significant part of the class will deal with the ways in which contemporary feminist theories can be used to complement, interpret and flesh out ideas expressed by early modern women. Students will collaborate with the organization of an international conference on women to be held at MHC in September. Students will work on projects based on conference presentations and interview the participants.

GNDST 333 (09)/ REL 323 - Feminist Theologies
Jane Crosthwaite
Tuesday, Thursday  11:00-12:15 p.m.

Mary Daly, Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza, Phyllis Trible, and Judith Plaskow, among others, have argued that traditional Jewish and Christian theological systems have overlooked the needs, concerns, histories, and contributions of women. Their challenges range from the historical modification of a presumably unbiased religious system to the outright rejection of a so-called patriarchal establishment. Whatever their approach, feminist theologies offer diverse and incisive tools for understanding how a theological system operates, how transitory cultural assumptions become embedded in ongoing doctrines, and how apparently minor adjustments can have significant ripple effects.

French 115 Ciruti 538-2074

FRENCH 120 (01) - Mothers and Daughters: Fictions from France and the French-speaking World
E. Gelfand
Monday, Wednesday  1:15-2:30 p.m.

The seminar will explore this crucial relationship in works by selected French and Francophone women writers. Focus will be the mother/daughter bond as literary theme, social institution, psychological dynamic, and metaphor for female creativity. Readings will include brief historical and theoretical pieces followed by novels and short stories (in translation); films and paintings will also be considered.

Religion 205 Skinner 538-2132

REL 109 - Hagar, Sarah, and their Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Children
Jane Crosthwaite
Tuesday, Thursday  1:15-2:30 p.m.
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A complicated story in the book of Genesis about one man, two women, and their sons informs the foundation of three major religious traditions. This course will examine a variety of readings, debates, and claims about the meaning, value, and continuing religious, social, and political import of this story. Special attention will be paid to recent feminist research and interpretation.

 

Sociology Merrill House 538-2283

SOC 327 – Social Inequality
K. Tucker
Wednesday  1:15-4:05 p.m.
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This course is a critical survey of theoretical and empirical research on social inequality, stratification, and mobility. The central focus is class, race, and gender inequalities as they have changed during the post-World War II period in the United States (although we will look briefly at stratification regimes in other cultures and time periods). The concepts and methods of social stratification have wide application in sociology, economics, public policy, and administration contexts. As the course progresses, we will explore some of these applications as we wrestle with several policy issues currently confronting U.S. society.