Program for the Study of Women and Gender 24 Hatfield 585-3390

SWG 200 - Queer Theories/Queer Cultures
Daniel Rivers
Tuesday, Thursday 10:30-11:50 a.m.

This course will offer an introduction to the central historical and contemporary issues, concerns, and debates in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) studies.  Using the course readings, film screenings, and class discussions, we will challenge ourselves to complicate our understandings of seemingly natural ideas such as sex/gender, man/woman or homosexual/heterosexual, as we experience them in our own daily lives and perceive them in the world around us. Through an interdisciplinary approach, we will explore the history, critical theory, cultural production, and politics of queer life in the United States, as well as queer identities in a transnational diasporic context. We will pay particular attention to how ideas of gender and sexuality intersect with social understandings of race, class, and citizenship.

SWG 205 - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History in the United States, 1945-2003
Daniel Rivers
Tuesday, Thursday 3:00-4:50 p.m.

This course offers an overview of LGBT culture and history in the United States from 1945 to 2003. We will use a variety of historical and literary sources, including films and sound clips, to examine changes in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered lives and experiences during the last half of the twentieth century. The course will encourage the students to think about intersections of race, sexuality, and class, and how these categories have affected sexual minority communities. The course will also explore the legal and cultural impact sexual minority communities have had in the United States. Prerequisite SWG 150 or permission of the instructor.

SWG 230 - Feminisms and the Fate of the Planet
Elisabeth Armstrong
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11:00-12:10 p.m.

We begin this course by sifting the earth between our fingers as part of a community learning partnership with area farms in Holyoke, Hadley, and other neighboring towns. Using women’s movements and feminisms across the globe as our lens, this course develops an understanding of current trends in globalization. This lens also allows us to map the history of transnational connections between people, ideas and movements from the mid-twentieth century to the present. Through films, memoirs, fiction, ethnography, witty diatribes and graphic novels, this course explores women’s activism on the land of laborers, and in their lives. Students will develop research projects in consultation with area farms, link their local research with global agricultural movements, write papers and give one oral presentation.

SWG 232 - Indigenous Women, Gender and Colonization in the Americas
Alice Nash
Monday, Wednesday  2:40-4:00 p.m.

How to learn about indigenous women’s histories from (mostly) colonial sources? We start by examining stereotypes and considering decolonizing methodologies, then draw on an interdisciplinary array of primary and secondary sources to find more accurate information. This course looks at indigenous women and gender variants from the 17th century to the present. Topics include early contact period societies, impact of Christianity, changing gender roles, education, indigenous women’s writing and other expressive forms, indigenous feminisms, sovereignty and treaty rights, environmental concerns, and current activism.

SWG 316 - Feminist Theories of Cross-Border Organizing
Elisabeth Armstrong
Monday, Wednesday  1:10-2:30 p.m.

Border crossing forms the cornerstone of feminist solidarity, whether across the bounds of propriety, or the definitions of racialized identities, or the police checkpoints of the nation-state. This seminar begins with border formation in newly independent nations of India and Pakistan. We will look at the cultural production of national borders in films and photographs. We will discuss particular histories of how women’s bodies were configured during Pakistan and India’s partition. We also take up those feminist interventions in knowledge production that demand recognition of the gendered maintenance these national borders require. This seminar centers on feminist theories that imagine how to recognize strangers, defer citizenship, nurture desire and remember the very histories that divide cohorts in struggle. Course assignments include in-class presentations, short written assignments and a detailed literature review. A background in feminist theory is required. Prerequisites: SWG 150, one additional course in the major, and permission of the instructor.   Please check with home departments for any prerequisites/changes to all cross-listed courses.

Afro-American Studies 102 Wright 585-3572

AAS 209 - Feminism, Race and Resistance: History of Black Women in America
Paula Giddings
Monday 7:00-9:30 p.m.

This interdisciplinary course will explore the historical and theoretical perspectives of African American women from the time of slavery to the post-civil rights era. A central concern of the course will be the examination of how Black women shaped, and were shaped by the intersectionality of race, gender, and sexuality in American culture.

AAS/ENG 348 - Black Women Writers
Kevin Quashie
Tuesday, Thursday  9:00-10 :20 a.m.

How do black women contribute to the African-American literary tradition? This is the question that will shape our examination of works by authors such as Phillis Wheatley, Pauline Hopkins, Nella Larsen, Zora Neale Hurston, Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, Gayl Jones and Audre Lorde.  Prerequisite: one college-level literature course.

American Studies 12 Wright 585-3582

AMS 220 - "Dressed To Kill": Gender, Fashion, Power (pending CAP approval)
Susanne Rohr
Tuesday, Thursday 1:00-2:20 p.m.

Fashion may be sold to us as 'fun,' yet at closer inspection turns out a highly complex matter and means of constructing cultural meanings, values, and power hierarchies. In this seminar, we will explore these complexities by studying theories of fashion (by Georg Simmel, Thorstein Veblen, Roland Barthes, among others) and examining forms and cultural functions of fashion in a number of historical contexts and cultural practices, including literature, (fashion) photography, film, and TV. As a first step, we will evolve the main – historical as well as theoretical – questions that will structure our investigations. Taking off from representations of fashion in late 19th- and early 20th-century literary texts, our debates move to the development of fashion photography and the relation between the fashion industry and the format of TV series. In the following seminar sessions, we will lay the ground for further discussions on fashion and gender; fashion as culture industry; fashion and the body; men and fashion; fashion magazines and glamour; and cross-dressing and gender bending. 

East Asian Languages & Literature 105 Pierce 585-3320

EAL 244 - Construction of Gender in Modern Japanese Women’s Writing
Kimberly Kono
Monday, Wednesday 2:40-4:00 p.m.

This course will focus on the construction of gender in the writings of Japanese women from the mid-19th century until the present. How does the existence of a “feminine literary tradition” in premodern Japan influence the writing of women during the modern period? How do these texts reflect, resist, and reconfigure conventional representations of gender? We will explore the possibilities and limits of the articulation of feminine and feminist subjectivities, as well as investigate the production of such categories as race, class, and sexuality in relation to gender and each other. Taught in English, with no knowledge of Japanese required.

English Languages and Literature 101 Wright Hall 585-3302

ENG 279 - American Women Poets
Susan Van Dyne
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:10-2:30 p.m.

A selection of poets from the last 50 years, including Sylvia Plath, Elizabeth Bishop, Adrienne Rich, Audre Lorde, Sharon Olds, Cathy Song, Louise Glück, and Rita Dove. An exploration of each poet's chosen themes and distinctive voice, with attention to the intersection of gender and ethnicity in the poet's materials and in the creative process. Not open to first-year students. Prerequisite: at least one college course in literature.

Exercise and Sport Studies Scott/Ainsworth Gym 585-3570

ESS 340 - Women's Health: Current Topics
Barbara Brehm-Curtis
Thursday 1:00-2:50 p.m.

A seminar focusing on current research papers in women's health. Recent topics have included reproductive health issues, eating disorders, heart disease, depression, autoimmune disorders and breast cancer.  Prerequisites: 140 or a strong biological sciences background, and permission of the instructor. Open to juniors and seniors.

French Language & Literature 131 Wright 585-3360

FRN 230 - Women Writers of Africa and the Caribbean
Dawn Fulton
Tuesday, Thursday 9:00-10:20 a.m.

An introduction to works by contemporary women writers from francophone Africa and the Caribbean.  Topics to be studied include colonialism, exile, motherhood, and intersections between class and gender.  Our study of these works and of the French language will be informed by attention to the historical, political, and cultural circumstances of writing as a woman in a former French colony.  Texts will include works by Mariama Bâ, Maryse Condé, Yamina Benguigui, and Marie-Célie Agnant.

First Year Seminars


FYS 159 - What’s in a Recipe?
Nancy Saporta Sternbach
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:00-9:50 a.m.

What stories do recipes tell? What cultural and familial information is embedded in a recipe? Who wrote the recipe? Why? How does it reflect her (or his) life and times? What do we learn about the geography, history and political economy of a location through recipes? Are recipes a way for an underrepresented group to tell its story? Does a recipe bolster or undermine national cooking? This seminar will look at recipes and cookbooks from the Spanish-speaking world (in English) and theories of recipes from a variety of different sources. Our reading will inform our writing as we try to establish such connections as the politics of chocolate, olive oil cooperatives, avocado farms, the traveling tomato, potatoes, and the cultural milieu from which each recipe emerged. Knowledge of Spanish is useful but not required.

FYS 179 - Rebellious Women
Kelly Anderson
Monday, Wednesday 9:00–10:20 a.m.

This course will introduce students to the rebellious women who have changed the American social and political landscape through reform, mobilization, cultural interventions, and outright rebellion. We will chronicle the history of feminist ideas and movements, interweaving historical change with contemporary debate. This course will use Estelle Freedman's No Turning Back as the primary text and will rely heavily on primary sources from the Sophia Smith Collection. The intention of this seminar is to provide an overview of feminist ideas and action throughout American history, introduce students to primary documents and research methods, and encourage reflection and discussion on current women's issues.

Government 15 Wright 585-3500

GOV 205 - Strange Bedfellows: State Power and Regulation of the Family
Alice Hearst
Tuesday, Thursday 1:00-2:50 p.m.

Explores the status of the family in American political life, and its role as a mediating structure between the individual and the state. Emphasis will be placed on the role of the courts in articulating the rights of the family and its members.

History 13 Wright 585-3702

HST 223 (C) - Women in Japanese History from Ancient Times to the 19th Century
Marnie Anderson
Thursday  1:00-3:30 p.m.

The dramatic transformation in gender relations is a key feature of Japan’s premodern history.  How Japanese women and men have constructed norms of behavior in different historical periods, how gender differences were institutionalized in social structures and practices, and how these norms and institutions changed over time.  The gendered experiences of women and men from different classes from approximately the 7th through the 19th centuries.  Consonant with current developments in gender history, exploration of variables such as class, religion, and political context which have affected women’s and men’s lives. 

HST 252 - Women and Gender in Modern Europe, 1789-1918
Darcy Burkle
Tuesday, Thursday 10:30-11:50 a.m.

A survey of European women’s experiences and constructions of gender from the French Revolution through World War I, focusing on Western Europe.  Gendered relationships to work, family, politics, society, religion, and the body, as well as shifting conceptions of femininity and masculinity, as revealed in novels, films, treatises, letters, paintings, plays, and various secondary sources.

HST 265 - Race, Gender and United States Citizenship, 1789-1861
Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11:00-12:10 p.m.

Analysis of the historical realities, social movements, cultural expression and political debates that shaped U. S. citizenship from the Declaration of Independence to the passage of the Fifteenth Amendment.  From the hope of liberty and equality to the exclusion of marginalized groups that made whiteness, maleness and native birth synonymous with Americanness.  How African Americans, Native Americans, immigrants and women harnessed the Declaration of Independence and its ideology to define themselves as also citizens of the United States.

HST 278 - Women in the United States since 1865
Jennifer Gugliemo
Wednesday, Friday  2:40-4:00 p.m.

Survey of women's and gender history with focus on race, class, and sexuality. Draws on feminist methodologies to consider how study of women's lives changes our understanding of history, knowledge, culture, and the politics of resistance. Topics include labor, racial formation, empire, im/migration, popular culture, citizenship, education, religion, science, war, consumerism, feminism, queer cultures, and globalizing capitalism. Explores how women have contested, resisted, and contributed to systems of inequality.

HST 383 - Research in U.S. Women’s History: The Sophia Smith Collection: American Women in the 19th and 20th Centuries
Jennifer Guglielmo
Thursday 3:00-4:50 p.m.

A research and writing workshop in nineteenth and twentieth century U.S. women's history. Designed to support students' independent research with archival materials from the Sophia Smith Collection (SSC) and College Archives, culminating in an essay approximately twenty pages in length that is rooted in historical methodology.

Portuguese/Brazilian Studies Hatfield Hall 585-3450

POR 381 - Seminar in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies
Topic: Multiple Lenses of Marginality: New Brazilian Filmmaking by Women
Marguerite Itamar Harrison
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:10-2:30 p.m.

This course will examine the pioneering legacy of key figures in the Brazilian cinema of the 1980s and 1990s, such as Susana Amaral, Helena Solberg, Ana Carolina, and Tizuka Yamasaki. These directors’ early works addressed issues of gender and social class biases by subtly shifting the focus of their films to marginalized or peripheral subjects. Works by contemporary filmmakers, such as Carla Camurati, Lúcia Murat, Tata Amaral, and Laís Bodanzky, will also be discussed, particularly the ways in which they incorporate polemical topics in the realm of politics, social consciousness, and/or gender issues. Course conducted in Portuguese.

Psychology Burton Hall 585-3805

PSY 266 - Psychology of Women and Gender
Lauren Duncan
Monday, Wednesday 9:00-10:20 a.m.

An exploration of the psychological effects of gender on females and males. We will examine the development of gender roles and stereotypes, and the impact of differences in power within the family, workplace, and politics on women’s lives and mental health. This course will emphasize how psychologists have conceptualized and studied women and gender, paying attention to empirical examinations of current controversies (e.g., biological versus cultural bases of gender differences). Prerequisite: PSY 111 or SWG 150. 

Religion Dewey 585-3662

REL 238 - Mary: Images and Cults
Vera Shevzov
Tuesday, Thursday 10:30-11:50 a.m.

Whether revered as the Birth-Giver of God or remembered as a simple Jewish woman, Mary has both inspired and challenged generations of Christian women and men.  This course focuses on key developments in the “history of Mary” since Christian times to the present.  How has her image shaped Christianity?  What does her image in any given age tell us about personal and collective Christian identity?  Topics include Mary’s “life”; rise of the Marian cult; differences among Protestant, Catholic and Orthodox Christians; apparitions (e.g., Guadalupe and Lourdes); miracle-working icons; Mary, liberation and feminism.  Liturgical, devotional, and theological texts, art, and film.