DEPARTMENTAL COURSES
Fall 1999
All Departmental courses except 100 level automatically count towards the Women's Studies major. All departmental, including 100 level automatically count towards the minor.

Asian Languages
Communication
Community Health
Consumer Studies
Comparative Literature
Economics
School of Education
English
French & Italian
German
History
Judaic/Near Eastern
Labor Studies
Legal Studies
Philosophy
Political Science
Sociology
Spanish/Portuguese

JAPAN 560H/
WOST 560H
Geisha
Tuesdays 1:00-3:45 p.m.
Doris Bargen

See Women's Studies 560H for course description. FULFILLS WOMEN OF COLOR REQUIREMENT.

COMM 494/694
Gender, Culture and Communication
Tuesday, Thursday 1:00-2:15 p.m.
Leda Cooks

See department for description.

COMM 794B
Critical Pedagogy
Thursday 4:00-7:00 p.m.
Leda Cooks

See department for description.

COMM 794U
Politics of Sex Representation
Tuesday 4:00-7:00 p.m.
Lisa Henderson

See department for description.

ComHl 213/
EDUC 213
Peer Health Education I
Wednesday 1:25 p.m.
TBA

Training course. Students participate in campus outreach projects while learning specific information on the primary health issues for college students; alcohol and other drug use, sexual decision-making, contraception, prevention of sexually transmitted diseases, eating disorders and stress management techniques. Class involves personal health assessment such as personal alcohol and drug survey, small group discussions, guest lectures, role playing, team building and public speaking exercises. Class size limited to 20. Students must complete an application and process for admission to the Peer Health Education Program. This course is the first course in a year-long academic course.

ComHl 214/
EDUC 214
Peer Health Education II
Tuesday 2:30-5:00 p.m.
TBA

Utilizing the skills and information from EDUC/ComHl 213, students are prepared to conduct educational programs in the residence halls and Greek areas. Significant group facilitation, workshop presentation and health education program planning training. Campus outreach projects include World AIDS day, Safe Spring Break, Designated Driver, and Safer Sex Campaigns. Advanced peers serve as mentors to the first semester peer health educators, and may elect to continue in the program through independent study credits. Consent of instructor required. Prerequisite: EDUC/ComHl 213.

ComHl 233
Sex, Drugs and Aids
Tuesday, Thursday 8:00-9:15 a.m.
6 Thursday discussions
M.I. Torres

See department for description.

ComHI 396
Independent Study-Women's Health Project
By arrangement
Sally Damon

Health Education offers the following health programs: Peer Health Connections, Queer Peer Educ., Not Ready for Bedtime Players (NRBP), Women's Health Program, and Contraceptive Choices. Students can receive 1-3 credits for their involvement. Contact Health Education at 577-5181 to make arrangements.

COMPLIT 387H
Myths of the Feminine
Tuesday, Thursday 2:30-3:45 p.m.
Elizabeth Petroff

A survey of the ancient and medieval stories of women and men and their goddesses. We'll begin in the ancient Near East, with the stories of Inanna and Ishtar and their devotees, and then turn to the classical world of Greece and Rome, with the Homeric Hymns and the tale of Cupid and Psyche. We'll then survey the images of women in the three `religions of the book'- Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, as well as Taoism and Buddhism. The medieval world inherited all these traditions, and we'll read stories from Arabian Nights, The Canterbury Tales, and the Decameron that illustrate these themes. We'll learn about the complexity of images of the feminine, including women as goddesses and priestesses, as leaders of their people, as the embodiment of sexuality and fertility, as pious housewives and cunning deceivers. 4 Credit honors course.

CONS 597B
Dress, Gender & Culture
Tuesday, Thursday 2:30-3:45 p.m.
Susan Michelman

An interdisciplinary and cross-cultural exploration of dress as one of the most significant markers of gender identity. Students will analyze this relationship by studying ethnographic areas ranging from Asia, Europe, Africa, to North and South America. Current research will be examined as well as studies on historical data. Prerequisite CS 155. Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate Students only.

ECON 348/
WOST 391E
Political Economy of Women
Tuesday, Thursday 1:00-2:15 p.m.
Lisa Saunders

Uses a wide range of women's issues to teach varied economic principles and theories. Popular women's topics in past semesters include women's increasing labor force participation; gender differences in hiring, promotions, and earnings; the growing poverty rate for female headed households; trade policy effects on women in the US and other countries; and race and class differences in the economic opportunities of women. Empirical assessment of women's work in the market and in the home in the US and other countries. Reconsideration of traditional issues of political economy, comparative economic history, and labor economics.

ECON 397B
Sexuality and Economics
Tuesday, Thursday 11:15-12:30 p.m.
Lee Badgett

Economic theory used to explore dimensions of inequality related to sexual orientation and topics such as fertility, abortion, and other state regulation of sexuality.

EDUC 213/
ComHl 213
Peer Health Education I
Wednesday 1:25 p.m.
Sally Damon

Contact instructor. See ComHl 213 for course description.

EDUC 214/
ComHl 214
Peer Health Education II
Tuesday 2:30-5:00 p.m.
Laurie Turkovsky

See ComHl 214 for course description.

EDUC 752
Gender Issues in International Development
Wednesday 9:00-12:00 p.m.
S. Kamat

Examines the role and status of women in various societies, with an emphasis on Third World countries in the process of economic development. Topics will include the effects of the development process on women, women's skills in survival and adaptation, women as preservers of culture, and the effect of education on these processes. Participants will (1) examine the implications of the development process for women in the future, (2) explore methods to analyze women's issues from a political-economic perspective, and (3) identify and critique various approaches which have been used to include women in the development process. Course requirements will include a short initial paper, a class presentation, and a final project/paper.

ENGL 132
Man and Woman in Literature (ALD)
Lecture 1 Tuesday, Thursday 9:30 - 10:45 a.m.
Lecture 2 Tuesday, Thursday 11:15-12:30 p.m.
TBA

ENGL 132R
Man and Woman in Literature (ALD)
Tuesday, Thursday 2:30-3:45 p.m.
Central residences
TBA

ENGL 132W
Man and Woman in Literature (ALD)
Lecture 1 Tuesday, Thursday 2:30-3:45 p.m.
SW residences
TBA

Literature treating the relationship between man and woman. Topics may include the nature of love, the image of the hero and of the heroine, and definitions, past and present, of the masculine and feminine. 100 level courses do not count toward Women's Studies major.

ENGL 491A
Women, Race and Theater
Tuesday, Thursday 11:15 - 12:20 p.m.
Jenny Spencer

We will read, discuss, celebrate, and analyze a broad range of contemporary drama by women of color. The class will take up the problematic and inseparable connections between race, gender, and representation, with special attention to challenges articulated by current feminist thinkers and performance studies scholars. Readings include plays by Georgia-Douglas Parks, Zora Neale Hurston, Adrienne Kennedy, Suzan-Lori Parks, Ntozake Shange, Cherrie Moraga, Maria Irene Fornes, Anna Deveare Smith, Velina Hasu Houston, Momoko Iko, Sonia Sanchez, in addition to related essays. 7 short response papers, 2-3 collaborative performances, and final project to be individually negotiated with instructor. Prerequisite: ENGLWP 112 or equivalent. This course fulfills the Women of Color requirement for Women's Studies majors and minors.

ENGL 491C
Virgnia Woolf
Tuesday, Thursday 1:00-2:15 p.m.
Laura Doyle

Virginia Woolf is one of the most influential writers of the twentieth century. Her experimental storytelling practice opened up the world in utterly new ways, and we will ask exactly how and why it did so. While our main concern will be to understand Woolf's writing well and intimately, her work will also serve as the occasion for studying narrative and cultural theories. We will explore issues bearing on literary modernism, storytelling craft, sexual identity and writing, the function of art in modern western cultures, and the political history of the novel. We will read selections from Woolf's essays and memoirs as well as several novels. As an advanced seminar the course is writing-intensive, including drafts and revisions of all papers, and the writing of a major research paper.

ENGL 491D
Prostitution and Narrative
Tuesday, Thursday 9:30 - 10:45 a.m.
Christine Cooper

In this course we will interrogate cultural assumptions about prostitution as we explore the various forms prostitution takes in short stories, poems, novels, and plays in different historical and social contexts. Beginning with `stories' of prostitution that we know (i.e. stereotypes), we will move through a variety of narratives of prostitution and ask what it means for sex to be work and whether work in other forms (physical labor, intellectual labor, finding a spouse, writing a novel, etc.) can be sexualized. Can marriage be figured as legalized prostitution? What happens to our understanding of prostitution when it occurs under the conditions of enslavement poverty? How does the selling of sex relate to economic, social, and cultural power? How do the stereotypes of prostitution look in writing, in writing across the centuries (primarily 18th to 20th), or across the Atlantic (primarily British and American)? And how are these stereotypes altered by the very process of narration? As we explore the formal aspects of these narratives, we will think about the types of cultural work being done by the deployment of prostitution in the forms, with the details and plots, that we encounter. Fulfills Junior Year Writing Requirement. English majors only.

ENGL 497A
Shakespeare and Female Heroic
Wednesday 2:30-5:00 p.m.
Kathleen Swaim

Shakespeare's comedies typically privilege female characters and values, as his tragedies typically privilege males. His heroic women in comedies constantly play against the culture's patriarchal norms. Sometimes the principle women evade patriarchal expectation and constrictions by dressing as men, sometimes they sexually or otherwise substitute for each other, sometimes they feign death until their chastity is no longer in question. The Honors Seminar will explore a series of Shakespearean comedies in which women challenge patriarchal limits, including (probably) As You Like It, Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing, Measure for Measure, All's Well That Ends Well, Pericles, and The Winter's Tale. It will establish the patriarchal context by way of contemporary historical documents-such as marriage rites and homilies and advice books for women and the literary critical context by way of supplementary theoretical essays. It will also explore the nature and limits of comedy, a dramatic genre that, in Shakespeare's hands, typically celebrates love, marriage, family, nurturance and life, and that typically allows individuals and societies to overcome aberrations and move into healing, generation, and regeneration. The course will expect active participation in class discussion appropriate to a seminar and an Honors course. Students will be asked to produce 2 or 3 short and 1 long essay or project. Previous study of Shakespeare would be helpful but is not required.

FRENCH 280
Love and Sex in French Culture
Tuesday, Thursday 4:00-5:15 p.m.
Patrick Mensah

See department for description.

ITALIAN 597B
Image of the Woman in Italian Literature
Tuesday, Thursday 2:30 - 3:45 p.m.
Elizabeth Mazzocco

Beginning with the images of the ideal females of the poetry of the Dolce Stil Nuovo and the Scuola Siciliana, we will examine literary depictions of women throughout Italian literature. The females will include Dante's Beatrice, Petrarch's Laura and Poliziano's Simonetta, the warrior queens and the enchanted princesses of Renaissance epics, the heroines of commedia dell'arte, Goldoni's protagonists Mirandolina and la vedova scaltra, D'Annunzio's Figlia di Iorio, and Moravia's Cesira. We will also look at the way women depict themselves using the works of Sibella Aleramo, Natalia Ginsberg, Franca Rame and Dacia Maraini. Students will write several critical essays, make oral presentations and complete a research paper. The course will be conducted in Italian, although those not enrolled for Italian credit may complete written assignments in English. Honors option.

GERMAN 363
Witches: Myth and Historical Reality
Tuesday, Thursday 4:00-5:15 p.m.
Susan Cocalis

The image of the witch and the historical situation of women tried as witches in early modern Europe and colonial New England with reference to contemporary pagan practice. Mythological texts, documentation of witch trials, theories about witchcraft, as well as literary and graphic representation of witches and witch trials.

HIST 388
US Women's History to 1890
Tuesday, Thursday 2:30 p.m. with Friday discussion
Joyce Berkman

Surveys the social, cultural, economic and political developments shaping American women's lives from the colonial period to 1890, and explores women's participation in and responses to those changes. Topics include: transformation of work and family life, women's culture, the emergence of the feminist movement, sexuality and women's health.

HIST 593A
Sexuality of Modern American History
Junior and Senior History, MEAST, Judaic and 5-College students only
Tuesday, Thursday 1:00-2:15 p.m.
Kathy Peiss

See department for description.

HIST 608
Latin American History: 1823-present (4 credits)
Graduate history majors, non-history majors by permission
Wednesday 12:20 - 3:20 p.m.
Kathy Bliss

See department for description.

HIST 697E
Women and Gender in US History
Thursday 9:05 - 12:00 p.m.
Graduate history majors, non-history majors by permission
Kathy Peiss

See department for description.

JUDAIC 395A
Family and Sexuality in Judaism
Tuesday, Thursday 2:30 p.m.
Jay Berkovitz

An examination of transformations in the Jewish family and attitudes toward sexuality in Judaism, from antiquity to the present. Topics include love, sexuality, and desire in the Bible and Talmud; marriage and divorce through the ages; position and treatment of children; sexuality and spirituality in the Kabbalah; sexual stereotypes in American Jewish culture and Israeli society. Interdisciplinary readings draw on biblical and rabbinic literature, comparative Christian and Islamic sources, historical and scientific research on family and sexuality, and contemporary fiction.

LABOR 201
Issues of Women and Work
Wednesday 7:30 -10:00 p.m.
Leslie Lomassen

The role of women at a variety of workplaces from historical, economic, sociological, and political points of view. Among areas considered: discrimination, health care, women in the labor movement and in management, and civil rights legislation.

LEGAL 491F
Feminist Legal Theory
Tuesday, Thursday 11:15 - 12:30 p.m.
Dianne Brooks

Intensive course dealing with issues of law and gender. Uses feminist legal theory, case law and other readings to examine the law's role in the history of gender oppression as well as current issues of law and gender such as reproductive rights, sex discrimination, rape and pornography. Prerequisite: LEGAL 250 or background in Women's Studies, feminist theory.

PHIL 591W
Early Modern Women Philosophers
Wednesday 7:00-9:30 p.m.
Eileen O'Neill

See department for description.

POLSCI 297C
Cultural Politics
Tuesday, Thursday 9:30 a.m.
Barbara Cruikshank

Approaches the traditional topics of political inquiry: (freedom, power, conflict and change, equality) in the domain of culture. The politicization of culture (culture wars, sex wars, English-only, to name a few) comes out of the political commitments of both the left and the right. At the same time that cultural conflicts are proliferating, our ability to subject cultural conflict to political solutions is questionable. Culture will be treated as a domain of politics and power, a domain constituted by politics and power, even though it is a domain resistant to deliberate political reform. Will examine how the location and conceptualization of politics itself is transfigured into cultural politics (e.g., "family values" policy, "politics of representation," "culture of poverty").

SOCIOL 106
Race, Sex, and Social Class (SBD)
Monday, Wednesday 11:15 a.m. plus discussion
Tuesday, Thursday 9:30-10:45 a.m. plus discussion
Pamela Quiroz

An overview of sociological approach to race, class and gender inequalities- -especially economic inequalities--in the contemporary United States. Some attention will also be devoted to the presidential election and its potential impact on the future of race, class and gender inequalities. Within the segment devoted to race, African Americans receive most emphasis. Readings consist of one book and selection of copied articles.

SOCIOL 222
The Family (SBD)
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:25 p.m.
Naomi Gerstel

Lecture, discussion. Historical development of the family: changes in household structure, in relations between husband and wife, between parents and children and among extended kin. Social forces shaping the contemporary family, from the choice of a mate, to marriage (both his and hers) and kinship, to parenting (from the perspective of both parents and children), to the diverse endings of marriage. Three exams.

SOC 335
Sex, Gender and the Religious Right
Monday 12:00-2:30 p.m.
Janice Irvine

Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors only. This course examines social conflict over "family values" with a particular emphasis on sexuality and gender. We will explore the emergence of a politicized Christian fundamentalist movement and examine its coalitions with conservative Catholics, Muslims, and Jews. We will see how this broader religious right movement has launched culture wars over such issues as abortion, sex education, teen pregnancy, and lesbian/gay issues.

SOC 383
Gender and Society
Tuesday, Thursday 9:30-10:45 a.m.
TBA

Historical and cross-cultural variation in positions and relationships of women and men. Contemporary creation and internalization of gender and maintenance of gender differences in adult life. Recent social movements to transform or maintain "traditional" positions of women and men.

SPAN 697A
Spanish-American Women Writers
Tuesday, Thursday 9:30 - 10:45 a.m.
Nina Scott

This course aims to acquaint students with some of the main works of Spanish American women writers, from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries. We will look at the writing of nuns, antislavery advocates, poets, theatre of violence, indigenous women and Latina writers. Some of the authors covered will be: Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz (Mexico), Gertrudis Gomez de Avellaneda (Cuba), Griselda Gambaro (Argentina), and Rigoberta Menchu (Guatemala). Three films will be included. And advanced knowledge of Spanish, both oral and written is required.

Program Courses
Component
Women of Color
Graduate Level
Summer 1999
Amherst College
HampshireCollege
Mount Holyoke
Smith College