Mount Holyoke College
Women's Studies Courses
Fall 1996

115 Skinner Hall		

ECON 100f	
Women and the Economy	
Jens Christiansen
Tuesday, Thursday   9:25-10:40
Friday 9:40-10:30

Introduces students to economic concepts and analytical tools necessary to
understand the central role that women have always played in the economy whether in
the United States or anywhere else in the world.  We will also try to understand
why and how this central role has traditionally been undervalued and only received
scant attention within the economics discipline. 

115/117 Ciruti Center for Foreign Languages		

The Transformation of Transgression	
Catherine LeGouis, Edwina Cruise
Tuesday  1:30-4:00	

Organized around two pivotal texts, Madame Bovary and Anna Karenina, this course
will explore the social and legal codes that have defined marriage, sexual conduct
and the family since the Middle Ages.  We will examine the shifting perspectives on
the conventions of marriage in literature, where patriarchal values simultaneously
suppress and encourage transgression.  Why is women’s infidelity a central theme in
Western literature?  How does the tension between convention and passion,
represented through the paradigm of the adulterous heroine, both give life to and
limit the nineteenth century bourgeois novel?  How do we explain the minimal
presence of a female perspective in the literary theme of adultery?  We will
conclude by studying modern -- including feminist -- reactions to the adulterous
triangle.  The texts studied will be read in English translation and may include: 
Le Lai d’Ignauré; The Domostroi; Madame de Lafayette, The Countess of Tende;
Rousseau, Julie or the New Eloise; Turgeneve, First Love; Flaubert, Madame Bovary;
Tolstoy, Anna Karenina; Kreutzer Sonata;  Leskov, Lady MacBeth of Misensk; Chekhov,
The Lady with the Dog; Robbe-Grillet, Jealousy; as well as short works by Collete,
Tokareva, Petrushevskaya, and films. 

FRENCH 351f	
Mothers and Daughters	
Elissa Gelfand
Wednesday  1:00-3:00 p.m.

Study of this crucial relationship, in French and Francophone contexts, as literary
theme and structure; social experience and institution; psychological
configuration; and, metaphor for female creativity.  After considering theoretical
and historical conception of the mother/daughter bond we will examine literary
representations (17th - 20th centuries) of biological, cultural and intellectual
mothers and daughters.  Course conducted in French.  Students must have the
necessary prereqs. 

103 Ciruti Center for Foreign Languages		

Gabriele A. Wittig Davis
Tuesday, Thursday  9:25-10:40 a.m.

Investigates fundamental romantic concepts such as irony, wit, humor, myth symbol,
poetic unity, and the autonomy of art.  Discusses both the light and dark sides of
romanticism, including the notion of nihilsm.  Focuses on both female and male
authors and romantic concepts of gender roles as well as their discussion by
contemporary writers.  Texts by such authors as von Arnim, “Bonaventura,”
Eichendorff, Fichte, von Gunderrode, Hoffmann, Schlegel, Tieck and Wackenroder. 
Contemporary film renditions. 

213 Skinner Hall

PHIL D249f
Women and Philosophy	
Julie Inness
Monday, Wednesday  10:50-12:05

Introduces students to philosophical aspects of feminist issues or to the writings
of women philosophers. 

103 Merrill House		

SOC 221f
Social Roles of Women	
Tuesday, Thursday  10:50-12:05

This course is a sociological perspective on the female experience, covering
personal and institutional levels of social existence. 

109 Dickinson House		

WS 101f
Politics of Patriarchy
Jean Grossholtz
Monday, Wednesday, Friday  10:50-12:05
This course examines women’s position in contemporary society through a variety of
experiential and theoretical perspectives.  The first section examines women’s
lives through the writings of women of diverse historical, political, and economic
experience.  The second section examines sexism and other oppressions manifested in
various sociopolitical arenas.  The course concludes with feminist views of women
recreating their lives. 

WS 200f (01)
American Women’s History to 1890
Mary Renda
Monday, Wednesday 10:50-12:05 p.m.

This course examines the history of women and the cultural construction of gender
in the United States since the end of the last century.  How have class, race, and
ethnicity shaped the history of women’s work, debates over female sexuality,
women’s attempts at social change, and representations of women in cultural and
political contexts?  In what ways has gender contributed to racial consciousness
and class formation in the United States?  Using primary and secondary material, we
will examine “women’s experience” in the realms of work, politics, sexuality, and

WS 200f (02)
Women in Chinese History
Jonathan Lipman
Tuesday, Thursday  8:00-9:15 a.m.

An exploration of the roles and values of Chinese women in traditional and modern
times.  Topics will include the structure of the family and women’s productive
work, rules for female behavior, women’s literature and the relationship between
feminism and other political and social movements in revolutionary China.  Readings
from biographies, classical literature, feminist scholarship, and modern fiction. 

Women and the Environment	
Mary Jacob
See Department for days and time

Examines the ways women throughout the world relate to the environment.  Uses a
comparative approach, emphasizing the following topics:  women’s roles in
agricultural systems, women’s responses to environmental degradation, and feminist
perspectives on population control as an environmental protection strategy. 

WS 218f
Women in American Religious History
Jane Crosthwaite
Monday, Wednesday  1:10-2:25 p.m.

This course is a critical study of significant women (Anne Hutchinson, Mother Ann
Lee, Mary Baker Eddy, Ellen Gould White, Aimee Semple McPherson, Dorothy Day, and
others) and their roles in the pluralistic character of American religion.  It
raises central questions concerning leadership, marginality, deviant behavior, and
criticism of women.  Students are expected to contribute to the course by their
participation and individual research. 

WS 250f
Global Feminism	
Jean Grossholtz
Monday, Wednesday  1:10-2:25 p.m.

This course offers an intensive study of the worldwide subordination of women,
looking at women as producers and consumers, as survivors of male violence, as
child rearers and food producers, and as creators of culture and life-support
systems.  It studies cultural, economic, and structural differences in women’s
experience and includes presentations by faculty who are expert on women’s lives in
different regions.  The course aims at critical perspectives on existing systems of
thought and the creation of a system of thought compatible with women’s experience. 

WS 251f
Foundations of Contemporary Feminism	
Martha Ackmann
Tuesday, Thursday  2:35-3:50 p.m.

This course introduces students to some key texts of nineteenth-century and
contemporary feminist thought, with a primary emphasis on American writers. 
Readings provide a framework for understanding the different strains of feminism
and exploring the intersections of race, class, and sexuality.  Students will also
be introduced to primary research and engage in an independent project using the
resources of the Sophia Smith Collection. 

WS 290f
Libraries, Lists and ‘lectronics:	
Jean Grossholtz, Perry, Kathleen Norton
Doing Women’s Research
Monday 7:00-9:00

Designed to intrigue and seduce students into the wonders and joys of pursuing
questions of interest in the library and on the electronic network, this course
will teach the basic skills of research formulation and design, the examination and
assessment of evidence and its use in argument.  The course will provide conceptual
and working knowledge of bibliographic tools and information sources for accessing
information on women and gender within both the national and international
framework.  Students will pursue some common projects, for example a creation of
their own heritage, a search for cross-cultural information on genetic engineering
and a project of their own design and imagination. 

WS 333f (01)	
Reproduction, Ecology and Women’s Health	
Asoka Bandarage
Tuesday  1:00-3:00 p.m.

In this seminar, we shall examine women’s health from a global perspective focusing
on such issues as population control, environmental destruction, new reproductive
technologies and women’s well being.  Feminist efforts toward the creation of a
global reproductive rights agenda will be explored. 

WS 333 (02)
Violence and Peace: Feminist Perspectives
Asoka Bandarage
Wednesday  1:00-3:00 p.m.

What is violence?  What is peace?  What constitutes violence against women?  What
constitutes feminist peace activism?  This seminar will explore these questions in
relation to global violence and non-violent methods of conflict resolution at the
individual, inter-personal, group and global levels.  Readings will be drawn from a
variety of perspectives, including feminism and Asian philosophies on non-violence. 

WS 333 (03)	
Women, Politics and Activism
Mary Renda
Monday 2:00-3:50 p.m.

This seminar examines the changing relationship between women and policies in the
United States from the 1790’s to the 1970’s.  focusing on women’s activism in and
out of formal political arenas, we will consider the conceptual and interpretive
problems raised by the inclusion of women in American political history.  Students
will be expected to write a substantial essay based on original research. 

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