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FALL 1997

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WST 250a
Modes of Feminist Inquiry
Susan Van Dyne
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11:00-12:10 p.m.

In this course students will analyze and apply methods used in the interdisciplinary field of women's studies. We will pay particular attention to the nature of evidence used in interpreting women's lives and to cross- cultural awareness. We will emphasize historiographical and textual analysis, archival research and theory-building. Our goal is to learn to use critical methods that will help us understand the personal, social, and political choices made by women in the past and present. Recommended for sophomores and juniors. Required for majors and minors, who may not elect the S/U option. Prerequisite: at least two courses in the Women's Studies Program. Enrollment limited to 30. Offered only in the Fall Semester 1996.


WST 300a
Special Topics in Women's Studies
TBA
TBA


WST 350a
Gender, Culture, and Representation
Marilyn Schuster
Monday, Wednesday 2:40-4:00 p.m.

This senior integrating seminar for the women's studies major examines how gender is structured and represented in a variety of arenas including art, politics, law, and popular culture. Through the critical reading of key contemporary works of feminist theory and intensive investigation of multidisciplinary case studies, we will study the variety and ambiguities of political and symbolic representation--how can one woman's experience "stand for" another's? Prerequisite: WST 250. Enrollment limited to senior majors. WST 350 is required of all women's studies majors, and may not be elected S/U. A second section of the seminar is offered in the spring.


AAS 212a
Culture And Class in The Afro-American Family
Ann Ferguson
Tuesday, Thursday 3:00-4:50 p.m.

Study of conceptual models in family studies, with particular attention to the Afro-American family from a social systems perspective. Extensive consideration given to the influence of historical, cultural, structural, and class variables in contemporary Afro-American families, using current research, family cases, and implications of public policy.


ANT 239a
Women and Resistance in Latin America
TBA
Monday, Wednesday 1:10-2:30 p.m.

A reinterpretation of conceptions of gender relations, capitalism and class, repression, resistance, and social change through an examination of Latin American women's personal narratives and ethnographies. Topics include mothers defying state terror and censorship; housewives participating in mining strikes and rituals to the devil to reclaim silenced voices; shantytown dwellers surviving everyday acts of violence. Recurring themes include censorship of memory and remembering, silence and voicing, and the subversive use of punitive devices.


EAL 251a
Modern Korean Literature
Jinhee Kim
Monday, Wednesday 1:10-2:30 p.m.

Introduces Korean women writers of the twentieth century, representing the three historical periods of the Japanese Occupation, the Post-War Era, and the Economical Development. Examines a number of canonical texts from a historical perspective and the various themes explored by female authors. Investigates the representation of interpersonal relationship--romance, marriage, family, and friendship--along with the changes in political, economical and social structures. All the readings are in English.


ECO 222a
Women's Labor and The Economy
Mark Aldrich
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:00-9:50 a.m.

An examination of the impact of changing economic conditions on women's work and the effect of women's work patterns on the economy. Major topics include wage differentials, occupational segregation, labor force participation, education and women's earnings, women in the professions, women and poverty, and the economics of child care. Strategies for improving women's options are also discussed. Prerequisite: ECO 150, ECO 190.


ENG 120a
Fiction: Women Coming of Age Stories
Elizabeth Harries
Tuesday, Thursday 10:30-11:50 a.m.

Fiction and novels about growing up by such writers as Charlotte Brontė, Jean Rhys, Toni Morrison, Sandra Cisneros, Maxine Hong Kingston, Jeanette Winterson.


ENG 264a
American Women Poets
Susan Van Dyne
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:10-2:40 p.m.

We'll begin with Sylvia Plath's Ariel, composed in 1962, and end with Rita Dove's Thomas and Beulah, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1987. We'll also read Anne Sexton, Adrienne Rich, Elizabeth Bishop, Audre Lorde, Sharon Olds, Cathy Song, and Louise Erdrich, and several other poets from the last 25 years as we investigate what it means to write and to read as a woman. Our task is to understand how these poems work and how they help us see the intersections of gender, ethnicity, sexuality, and literary creativity; mother-daughter relationships; the poetic responsibilities of being a historical witness or political actor; the changing forms of familial and sexual love in the late 20th century. Prerequisite: A college literature course; not open to first year students.


ENG 278a
Writing Women
Elizabeth Harries
Tuesday, Thursday 10:30-11:50 a.m.

Topic for Fall, 1997: Writing and Publishing in Eighteenth-Century Britain. In the eighteenth century, the idea of women writing for publication shifted from scandalous to accepted and commonplace, at least in certain genres and modes. What ideas about women's place and women's roles made it so dangerous for women to publish at the beginning of the period? How and why did these dominant ideas change? Why did the domestic or courtship novel become a predominantly female form? What was the relationship of women writers to their male contemporaries? What was the relationship of working-class women writers to their upper-class patronesses?


ENG 280a
Advanced Essay Writing: Essays by Women
Ann Boutelle
Thursday 1:00-2:50 p.m.

In this workshop, we will explore, through reading and through writing, the woman writers use of "I" in the essay form. A major focus will be on the interweaving of voice, structure, style, and content. As we read the work of ourselves and of others, we will be searching for strategies, devices, rhythms, patterns, and approaches that we might adapt to our own writing. The reading list will consist of writings by twentieth-century American women. Admission is by permission of the instructor. During registration period, students should sign up for the course and leave samples of their writing at the English Department Office, Wright 101.


ESS 550a
Women in Sport
TBA
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:00-9:50 a.m.

A course documenting the role of women in sport as parallel and complementary to women's place in society. Contemporary trends will be linked to historical and sociological antecedents. Focus is historical, contemporary and future perspectives and issues in women's sport. Offered in alternate years. Admission by permission of the instructor.


GOV 204a
Urban Politics
Martha Ackelsberg
Monday, Wednesday 11:00-12:15 p.m.
occasionally Friday 11:00-11:50 a.m.

This course examines the growth and development of political communities in metropolitan areas in the United States, with specific reference to the experiences of women, black and white. It explores the social restructuring of space; the way patterns of urban development reflect and reinforce prevailing societal views on issues of race, sex and class; intergovernmental relations; and the efforts of people --through governmental action or popular movements -- to affect the nature and structure of the communities in which they live.


GOV 211a
Gender And Politics
Gary Lehring
Tuesday, Thursday 9:00-10:20 a.m.

An examination of gender and sexuality as subjects of theoretical investigation, historically constructed in ways that have made possible various forms of regulation and scrutiny today. We will focus on the way in which traditional views of gender and sexuality still resonate with us in the modern world, helping to shape legislation and public opinion, creating substantial barriers to cultural and political change. Prerequisite: completion of Gov 100, or course work in either feminist theory or women's studies, or permission of the instructor.


GOV 341a
Seminar in International Politics
Mary Geske
Tuesday 1:00-2:50 p.m.

Topic for 1997-98: Gender and Global Politics. This seminar considers the role gender plays in the study and practice of global politics. Our attention will be focused on the following questions: 1.) Are dominant approaches to understanding international politics gendered? 2.) Are current practices of international politics gendered? 3.) Are women uniquely affected by and affecting global politics? In seeking to address these questions we will examine a variety of issues including armed conflict, the global economy and population. Prerequisite: Government 241 or course work in either feminist theory or women's studies or permission of instructor.


HST 253a
Women in Modern European Societies
TBA
Tuesday, Thursday 10:30-11:50 a.m.

Description pending.


HST 280a
Problems of Inquiry
Thomas Jackson
Tuesday, Thursday 3:00-4:50 p.m.

Topic for 1997-98: Women's Roles, Women's Activism in the U.S., 1890-1990. Social history, biography and primary documents illuminate the choices and constraints confronting women as they pursued collective social change over the last century. Themes: alliances and divisions across lines of class, race and ideology, "free spaces," leadership, movement culture and ideas in social movements; social contexts of women's roles in families and the economy; organizing in communities, workplaces, male-dominated institutions and separate female institutions; equal rights and "difference" feminism; women's impact on public policy. Topics: social feminism and the suffrage movement, women in social work and welfare advocacy; women and organized labor; mid- century divisions around the ERA; women in the New Deal, the CIO and the CP; domestic containment after WWII; women's activism in the civil rights movement; second wave liberal and radical feminism; women of the New Right; feminism among women of color, lesbians, and environmental activists.


HST 383a
Seminar - Research in U.S. Women's History: The Sophia Smith Collection
Helen L. Horowitz
Wednesday 1:10-3:00 p.m.

Topic for 1997-98: American Women in the 19th and 20th Centuries. Enrollment limited. Permission of instructor required.


IDP 208a
Women 's Medical Issues
Tuesday, Thursday 10:30-11:50 a.m.

A study of topics and issues relating to women's health, including menstrual cycle, contraception, sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancy, abortion, menopause, nutrition, and cardiovascular disease. Emphasis will be primarily on biological aspects of these topics.


JUD 225a
Feminism and Judaism
TBA
Monday, Wednesday 2:40-4:00 p.m.

An introduction to major texts and issues in the contemporary feminist transformation of Judaism. Topics will include the search for a usable past, women and Jewish law, new images of God, transformation of ritual, and new understanding of sexuality and family.


SOC 229a
Sex and Gender in American Society
Nancy Whittier
Tuesday, Thursday 9:00-10:20 a.m.

An examination of the ways in which the social system creates, maintains, and reproduces gender dichotomies with specific attention to the significance of gender in a number of institutional contexts, including the economy, the law, and the family.


THE 214a
Black Theatre
Andrea Hairston
Tuesday, Thursday 10:30-11:50 a.m.

A study of the Black experience as it has found expression in the theatre. Emphasis on the Black playwrights, performers, and theatres of the 1950s to the 1990s. The special focus on Black Theatre U.S.A. makes this course integral with Afro-American studies offerings. More than half the playwrights considered are women, and the investigation of gender is central to examining all plays and productions.


WST 404a/b
Special Studies

For qualified juniors and seniors. Credit may vary from 1-4 for a project completed during a single semester. The content of the special studies must not duplicate that offered in a regular course. Admission by permission of an instructor from the women's studies faculty and the chair of the program.