Hampshire College
Women’s Studies Courses
Fall 1996

Adele Simmons Hall

CCS/HA 141
Making/Reading Images	
Joan Braderman, Jacqueline Hayden and Walid Ra’ad
Wednesday 1:00-3:50 and 4:00-5:20

This course will be centered on the analyzing and the making of visual images. 
Students will learn how to read visual images by focusing on the development of
interdisciplinary and experimental art forms and their relationship to and
influence on the visual products of mass culture.  We will use a range of
approaches to analyzing visual culture, looking at work from avant-garde, twenties’
Soviet and structuralist filmmaking to the connections between Surrealism,
contemporary performance art and Dadaism.  Movements such as Constructivism will be
examined for their influence on modern architecture, billboard advertising and
consumer product design.  Using a cultural studies approach, this course will
consist of lectures, screenings, presentations and discussions.  We will also do
concrete visual production exercises in which we directly apply some of these
theories.  These will include collages, slide presentations, storyboards and
performances.  Students will be required to do substantial reading and to
participate in classroom discussions and critiques.  The lecture portion of the
class will be 1:00-3:50 followed by three small discussion groups. 

CCS 235	
Twentieth-Century Continental Philosophy	
Susan Hahn
Monday, Wednesday  10:30-11:50

This course will introduce students to the influence of Nietzsche on Foucault.  In
the first part of the course, we will read works by Nietzsche, such as “On Truth
and Lies in an Extramoral Sense,” fragments of Will to Power, and Genealogy of
Morals.  The second part of the course will focus on the influence of Nietzsche’s
doctrines of Perspectivism, Will to Power, and genealogical, historicist methods on
Foucault.  Readings include works by Foucault, such a, “Nietzsche, Genealogy,
History” and “Truth and Power,” Discipline and Punish, selections from History of
Sexuality, vols. 1 and 2. 

CCS 334
Topics in Cultural Studies Race and Gender in Popular Culture	
Susan Douglas
Wednesday  2:30-5:20

This is an advanced seminar for Division III and upper-level Division II students. 
Through a variety of readings and screenings, we will explore how masculinity and
femininity have been represented in different forms of popular culture since the
nineteenth century, and how social constructions of gender have been reinforced,
subverted and altered by mass entertainment’s.  We will also explore the
dialectical (and often pathological) relationship between white culture and
African-American culture over this same time span.  We will study minstrel shows
and burlesque in the nineteenth century and selected episodes in the history of
popular music, dance, radio, film and television in the twentieth century. 

12 Emily Dickinson	

HA/NS/SS/WP 129	
Women’s Lives/Bodies	
Wednesday, Friday  10:30-11:50 a.m.	
Margaret Cerullo, Lynne Hanley, Ann McNeal and Ellie Siegel

An introduction to feminist studies, this course will explore the representation of
the female body from the perspectives of the four schools.  Beginning with literary
representations of the female body, the course will go on to look at scientific
views of female biology, the social history of the female body and political
struggles around its control, and differences in cultural attitudes towards the
bodies of white and Third World women.  Readings and other materials considered in
the course will include:  Beloved, The Woman In The Body, A Restricted Country,
“Listening:, “The Two”, selections from Zanit and The Pure and the Impure, “Sex
Hormones in Lesbian and Heterosexual Women, “The Autobiography of Ida B. Wells and
Meridian.  The course will be team taught by faculty members from Humanities and
Arts, Natural Sciences, Communication and Cognitive Sciences and Social Sciences. 
Class will meet twice a week, once as a group for one hour and one-half and a
second time for one hour and one-half in smaller sections. 

HA/SS 206
Psychological  Dynamics in Theatre	
Ellen Donkin and Patricia Romney
Tuesday, Thursday  2:00-3:20 p.m.	

This course is designed both for students of psychology and students of drama. 
Black studies students and feminist studies students are particularly encouraged to
enroll.  Psychology students will have an opportunity to examine the ways in which
certain psychological phenomena manifest themselves in dramatic character and
dramatic structure.  Theatre students, especially directors, designers, and actors,
will have a chance to re-think their approach both to dramatic texts and to theatre
as an activity.  The course will explore psychoanalytic ideas and family systems
theory, particularly as they relate to issues of voice, language and narrative. 
Several African-American plays and plays by women will be read, including Guare’s
Six Degrees of Separation, Wilson, Fences, Norman’s Night Mother and Rahman,
Unfinished Women Cry in Noman’s Land While a Bird Dies in a Guilded Cage.  There
will also be films and one live theatre production and some dramatic readings in

HA/SS 213	
Controversies in United States Economic and Social History	
Laurie Nisonoff, Susan Tracy
Tuesday, Thursday  2:00-3:20 p.m.

This course addresses the development of the United States economy and society from
the colonial period to the present.  Focusing on the development of capitalism, it
provides students with an introduction to economic and historical analysis.  We
will study the interrelationship among society, economy and the state, the
transformation of agriculture, and the response of workers to capitalism.  Issues
of gender, race, class, and ethnicity will figure prominently in this course.  This
is designed to be a core course for students concentrating in economics, politics,
and history.  We will work on developing research skills in economics and
historical methodologies.  Classes will have a lecture/discussion format.  Students
will be expected to attend class regularly, lead occasional discussions, and write
several papers. 

HA 258
Colonialism and Visual Arts	
Sura Levine
Wednesday  9:00-11:50 a.m.	

Designed as a seminar for Division II students in art history, cultural studies
and/or studio arts, this course will explore aspects of the visual and cultural
representations of colonialism and expansionism in the arts of Western Europe and
the United States.  Topics will include:  Napoleon’s Egyptian Campaign of
1798-1799; 19th-century travel literature; Japonisme and the introduction of a
Japanese esthetic into western art; manifest destiny in the U.S. and the changing
image of the Native American; propaganda imagery of colonialism; the gendering of
expansionist imagery; primitivism in modern art; cinematic and popular culture
representations of Africa and the Middle East.  Throughout, our goal will be to
trace the ways that, over the past two centuries, Western cultures have represented
themselves in depicting their colonial others.  To receive an evaluation, students
must do the assigned readings, attend film screenings and special lecture, complete
written assignments, and a class presentation.  Background in art history is
essential.  Admission to this course is by permission of the instructor. 

HA 288
Shakespeare and Woolf
L. Brown Kennedy
Monday, Wednesday  1:00-2:20 p.m.

“Lovers and mad men have such shaping phantasies, that apprehend more than cool
reason ever comprehends.” (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) In the first part of the
course we will read Shakespeare (five plays) and in the latter part Virginia Woolf
(four novels and selected essays).  Our main focus will be on the texts, reading
them from several perspectives and with some attention to their widely different
literary and cultural assumptions.  However, one thread tying together our work on
these two authors will be their common interest in the ways human beings lose their
frames of reference and their sense of themselves in madness, lose and find
themselves in love or in sexuality, and find or make both self and world in the
shaping act of the imagination.  The method of the course will include directed
close reading, discussion, and periodic lectures.  Three to four pieces of student
writing are expected; the course is open to second semester students by permission. 

HA 315
Critical Theory Seminar: Contemporary Feminist Theory	
Mary Russo
Monday  2:30-5:20

This advanced seminar will focus on some of the significant challenges posed by and
to feminism in the 1990’s.  Many of the philosophical divides and differences that
characterize an earlier era of feminism have intensified or re-emerged in new
contexts and in new configurations.  Recent debates about identity establish an
unsettled but productive terrain on which to explore the crisis of feminism in
relation to contemporary culture.  A major purpose of this course is to assess the
usefulness of certain categorical frames in the interest of moving feminism and its
allied fields and projects forward.  In particular, we will be concerned to
interrogate the founding concept of gender itself.  Enrollment by permission of
instructor.  Students are expected to have a significant background in feminist
and/or critical theory. 

311 Cole Science		

NS 246
Teaching Science in Middle School
Merle Bruno
Tuesday, Thursday  12:30-2:30

Middle school students are at turning points in their lives -- socially,
biologically, cognitively.  Among other things, students at this age often lose
interest in science and math or lose confidence in their ability to pursue these
subjects; many studies show this is particularly true for female and minority
students.  Few science classes are designed to make the most of the energy and
curiosity of students with a range of interests and learning styles.  Through
active science investigations, readings, and class discussions, students in this
class will work with approaches to teaching science classes designed to challenge
and interest all students.  They will also identify factors that discourage middle
school students from pursuing science and math.  Recent national standards for
science teaching point to the importance of using math across the curriculum and
for students to be comfortable using computers.  Students in this class will devise
ways to use math and technology creatively in inquiry-based science classes. 
Students will carry out small lab investigations on questions they develop from
existing curriculum materials and will work in teams to develop these
investigations into activities to teach during several class periods to local
middle school students in their schools and in our Day in the Lab for middle school

218 Franklin Patterson Hall	

SS 113
Ali Mirsepassi
Tuesday, Thursday  10:30-11:50

This course is designed to introduce students to the historical, social, political,
and cultural dynamics of contemporary Middle East.  We will look at the historical
and geographical contours of the region.  We will explore the culture (languages
and religions as well as artistic and literary forms), political systems and
economic development, secularism and Islamic politics, and issues such as
ethnicity, and gender.  Throughout the course, attention will be directed to both
the region’s specificity’s--those defining characteristics that distinguish the
Middle East from other parts of the world--and to the region’s internal diversity. 

SS 211
Changing Cultures, Changing Lives: The Asian American Experience	
Mitziko Sawada
Wednesday, Friday 10:30-12:00	

This course will explore Asian immigration of the past and present focusing in
particular on social and cultural aspects.  The framework will be the far-reaching
and turbulent economic, political, and foreign policy changes which have had
diverse and varying impacts upon this group of immigrants and their children.  How
did racism affect their lives?  What factors were important in their sense of
identity?  Since males constituted the majority in the early days, what impact did
it have on their social relationships?  Did the experiences of women differ?  Are
Asians imbued with a strong cultural work ethic?  Readings will be from various
fields including history, literature, anthropology, sociology, social and literary
criticism.  Background in U.S. history is recommended strongly.
SS 229
AIDS and The Law
Flavio Risech-Ozeguera
Tuesday, Thursday  2:00-3:50

AIDS is the most litigated disease in history.  Has it produced a new crisis in the
U.S. legal system or has it simply exposed its pre-existing inherent weaknesses? 
In what ways has the legal order dealt effectively with some of the challenges AIDS
has presented?  The course will explore these questions and offer a comprehensive
introduction to legal decision making and interpretation, using the enormous body
of law that has developed in response to the multifaceted pandemic of HIV disease
as its primary focus.  Students will learn to research and read cases and statutes
and develop legal reasoning skills, as well as deepend their understanding of the
far-reaching social impact of particular legal constructions of disease, and how
these are in turn are shaped by particular social constructions.  This is a
Community Service Scholars Program related course, meaning that students are
encouraged (though not required) to engage in concurrent or subsequent internships
in HIV/AIDS-related community organizations and agencies. 

SS 254
Maureen Mahoney, Barbara Yngvesson
Tuesday, Thursday 10:30-11:50	

This advanced course combines the disciplines of anthropology, and psychology to
explore the relationship between psyche and culture.  We will examine theories of
society and of personality for their implications about the relationship of
individual to society and the mechanisms by which infants and children grow up to
be compliant or resistant members of their social groups.  At the same time, we
will use cross-cultural research on the meaning and construction of identity to
challenge Western theories.  Because gender is a universal category for the
construction of self, we will focus particularly on cultural, social and
psychological understandings of gender identifications.  Students should have a
strong background in at least one of the disciplines to be considered; at a
minimum, the Division I examination in Social Science must be completed. 

Race, Gender, Feminism	
Fran White
Monday, Wednesday  4:00-5:20

What does it mean to say that race and gender are inextricably entwined?  This
course explores the ways that feminist women of color answer this question.  We
will study the history and writing of Asian-American, African-American, and Latin
women.  The course is conceived of as an introduction to feminist studies and
critical race theory. 

SS 366
Representations Law/Justice	
Barbara Yngvesson
Wednesday 2:30-5:20

This seminar will examine concepts of crime, responsibility, punishment and justice
as represented in film, the media, popular literature (especially crime literature)
and ethnography.  Drawing on material from Asia, north and South America, and
Europe, we will focus on the different ways that justice is imagined and
responsibility allocated, considering issues of culture, of class, and of gender. 
The class is restricted to students who are completing Division II or Division III
work in the humanities, cultural studies, or in social science. 

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