Department Locations and Phone Numbers

Women’s Studies
Afro-American Studies
Comparative Literature
East Asian Languages and Literature
English Languages and Literature
Italian Languages and Literature
Jewish Studies
Latin American Studies
Religion and Biblical Literature
Spanish and Portuguese
24 Hatfield
130 Wright Hall
15 Wright Hall
101 Wright Hall
312 Hatfield
101 Wright Hall
15 Wright Hall
13 Wright Hall
1 Hatfield
106 Wright Hall
10 Prospect Street, #202
Sage Hall
Dewey II
Bass Hall
Dewey II
12 Wright Hall
Hatfield Hall

WST 101a
Women of Color
Ann Ferguson & Elizabeth V. Spelman
Thursday 7:30-8:45 p.m.

The concentration in "women of color" seeks to understand gender as a category of analysis in the context of race, class, ethnicity and nationality. WST 101a will explore the distinct modes of analysis that women of color have brought to understanding their condition, as well as how relations of power have shaped women's knowledge, social practices and forms of resistance. The subjects of the invited lectures might include women and work, women as culture makers, writers, artists, performers, family as a site of resistance and domination, women and nationalism, images and representations of women of color, self-representations, colonial and postcolonial identities, militarization, migrations, and global capitalism. Offered S/U (2 credits)

WST 250a
Modes Of Feminist Inquiry
Susan Van Dyne
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11:00 a.m. - 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.

WST 300a
Women of Color in Feminist Movements in the US
Ann Ferguson
Tuesday 3:00-4:50 p.m.

This seminar will examine how feminists in the United States have addressed the interaction of sex/gender subordination with racial and ethnic inequality through their theoretical work, political movement, and expressive culture. Our focus will be on the work of women of color who have foregrounded the ways in which this intersection of social identities has profoundly shaped the meaning of sex/gender as well as what is considered feminist theory and practice in the US today. We draw on a wide range of texts as the starting point for an exploration of how race/ethnicity makes a difference in the understanding of and action around issues that are thought of as "women's." One important goal will be to facilitate a dialogue over the course of the semester about questions of "difference" and power between and among women and the meaning this makes in our own lives.

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

The senior integrating seminar for the women's studies major. Together we will define areas we want to study in depth and we will read a range of essays in contemporary feminist theory. Students will also do independent projects building on prior work in the major.

CLT 223a
Forms of Autobiography: Women's Autobiographies in Russia and the West
Alexander Woronzoff-Dashkoff
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11:00-12:00 p.m.

A study of women's autobiographies from the 18th to the 20th century. The course will examine the historical and cultural contexts as well as issues of gender, class, race, disguise, etc. Works by Ekaterina Dashkova, Nadezhda Durova, Virginia Woolf, Marina Tsvetaeva, Maxine Hong Kingston, and Maya Angelou,

CLT 229a
The Renaissance Gender Debate
Ann Jones
Tuesday, Thursday 9:00-10:30 a.m.

In "La Querelle des Femmes" medieval and Renaissance writers (1350-1650) took on misogynist ideas from the ancient world and early Christianity; woman as failed man, irrational animal, fallen Eve. Writers debated women's sexuality (insatiable or purer than men's?), marriage (the hell of nagging wives or the highest Christian state?), women's souls (nonexistent or subtler than men's?), female education (a waste of time or a social necessity?). Brief study of the social and cultural changes fuelling the polemic; analysis of the many literary forms it took, from Chaucer's Wife of Bath to Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew, scholars' dialogues, and pamphlets from the popular press. Some attention to the battle of the sexes in the visual arts. Recommended: a previous course in classics, medieval or Renaissance studies or women's studies.

CLT 267a
African Women's Drama
Katwiwa Mule This course will examine how African women playwrights use drama to confront the realities of women's lives in contemporary Africa. We will consider the following questions: What is the specificity of the vision unveiled in African women's drama? How do the playwrights use drama to mock rigid power structures and confront crisis, instability, and cultural expression in postcolonial Africa? How and to what purpose do they interweave the various aspects of performance in African oral traditions with European dramatic elements? Readings, some translated from French, Swahili and other African languages, will include Ama Ata Aidoo's Anowa, Osonye Tess Onwueme's Tell It to Women: An Epic Drama for Women, and Penina Mlama's Nguzo Mama (Mother Pillar).

CLT 272a
Women Writing: Twentieth-Century Fiction
Marilyn Schuster
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:10-2:30 p.m.

A study of the pleasures and politics of fiction by women from English-speaking and French-speaking cultures. How do women writers engage, subvert and/or resist dominant meanings of gender, sexuality, race and ethnicity and create new narrative spaces? Who speaks for whom? How does the reader participate in making meaning(s)? How do different theoretical perspectives (feminist, lesbian, queer, psychoanalytical, postcolonial, postmodern) change the way we read? Writers such as: Woolf, Colette, Schwarz-Bart, Morrison, Duras, Rule, Kingston, and Winterson. Not open to first-year students.

EAL 252a
The Korean Literary Tradition

Topic for 1999-2000: Representations of Women In Pre-Modern Korea. In this course we will inquire into the representations of women in Korean Society from the earliest times through the 19th Century. Using various texts, myths, poetry fiction, non-fiction and (auto) biography, we will examine the cultural factors that have influenced the formation of images of women in different historical epochs. Topics will include issues such as textual representations of women in a patriarchal society; and the impact of various belief systems on women's lives as reflected in literary and historical texts. All readings are in English translations.

EAL 261a
Major Themes In Literature: East-West Perspectives
Sabina Knight
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11:00-11:50 a.m.

Topic for 1999: Gendered Fate Is fate indifferent along lines of gender? What (and whose) interests are served by appeals to destiny? Close readings of women's narratives of desire, courtship, sexuality, prostitution and rape will explore how belief in inevitability mystifies the gender-based oppression of social practices and institutions. Are love, marriage and mothering biological imperatives? What are love, seduction and desire if not freely chosen? Or is freely chosen love merely a Western ideal? How might women write to overcome fatalistic discourses that shape the construction of female subjectivity and agency? Works by Simone de Beauvoir, Andr‚ Chedid, Hayashi Fumiko, Nadine Gordimer, Toni Morrison, Wang Anyi and Zhang Jie. All readings in English translation.

EAL 360a
The Tale of the Genji and its Legacy
Thomas H. Rohlich

The seminar will begin with a reading and study of The Tale of the Genji, one of the greatest works of Japanese literature. We will look at the cultural and societal milieu of the author, as well as the textual features that mark it as an icon of Japanese culture today. In the second part of the course we will look at ways in which the Genji is (re)presented in later texts - Noh plays, Edo parodies, and modern short stories and novels - as a way of examining both the question of influence and the role the Genji plays in the literature of later generations. All readings are in English translation.

ENG 278a
Writing Women
Elizabeth Harries
Monday, Wednesday 1:10-2:30 p.m.

Topic for Fall, 1999: 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?

ESS 550a
Women in Sport
Christine Shelton
Monday, Wednesday 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 of undergraduates by permission of the instructor.

FYS 100a
Imagining Power, Building New Worlds: Passion and Leadership in the American Experience
Susan Bourque and Donna Robinson Divine
Tuesday 1:00-2:50 p.m.

In this seminar we will explore the circumstances in which American women came to imagine new leadership roles in social and political life. We will explore women's efforts to gain access to higher education, the professions, scientific training and political power. We will examine as well the prominence of women in American social reform and philanthropic movements. We will assess the influence of ideology, social class, culture, geography, race and religion on the variety of women who transformed American society, including among them some of Smith's panoply of leaders: Betty Friedan, Gloria Steinem and Jill K. Conway. Readings will consist of autobiography, historical documents and political tracts, as well as scholarly analyses of women's movements at several junctures in American political life.

GOV 364a
Seminar in Political Theory: Feminist Theory
Martha Ackelsberg
Wednesday 7:30-9:30 p.m.

An examination of feminism as a force in politics, with special attention to contestation over the meaning of feminism amongst feminist thinkers and in the broader public. Readings from Mary Wollstonecraft to Katha Pollitt. Prerequisites: previous course work in political theory or women's studies.

HST 278a
History of Women in the U.S. 1865-1970
Helen L. Horowitz
Tuesday, Thursday 1:00-2:20 p.m.

This course examines the historical position of women within the society and culture. Problems will include the implications of class, the rise of the "lady," changing notions of sexuality, educational growth, feminism, African-American women in "freedom," wage-earning women, careers, radicalism, the sexual revolution, the impact of the world wars and depression and feminism's second wave. Emphasis on social and cultural aspects.

IDP 208a
Women's Medical Issues
Leslie Jaffe
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, depression, eating disorders, nutrition, and cardiovascular disease. While the course focus will primarily be on the physiological aspects of these topics, some social, ethical, and political implications will be considered, including the issues of violence and the media's representation of women.

ITL 343a
Modern Italian Literature: Italian Women Writers: Mothers And Daughters
Giovanna Bellesia
Monday, Wednesday 1:10-2:20 p.m.

This course provides an in-depth look at the changing roles of women in Italian society. It focuses on the portrayal of motherhood by Italian women writers in the 20th century. Authors studied include Sibilla Aleramo, Elsa Morante, Natalia Ginzburg, and Dacca Maraini. Limited enrollment, permission of the instructor required. Conducted in Italian.

PHI 305a
Seminar: Topics In Feminist Theory
Meredith Michaels
Tuesday 1:00-2:50, Thursday 1:00-1:50

Feminist critics of Descartes have been concerned to expose the masculinist commitments of his theory of knowledge and to offer alternative accounts of the relation between the knower and the known. In this seminar we will read Descartes' work on the nature of mind, body, perception and knowledge, and will evaluate contemporary feminist and post-structuralist debates about the dimensions and status of what has come to be called the "Cartesian Subject".

PSY 266a
Psychology and Women
Lauren Duncan
Monday, Wednesday 1:10-2:30 p.m.

Exploration of the existence, origins, and implications of the behavioral similarities and differences between women and men and of the psychological realities of women's lives. Topics include gender role stereotypes and gender role development; power issues in the family, workplace, and politics; and mental health and sexuality. Particular emphasis is given to the issue of diversity among women. Prerequisite: PSY 112

PSY 268a
Lesbian Identity and Experience
Joan Laird
Tuesday, Thursday 9:00-10:20 a.m.

Perspectives on the psychological, social, and cultural construction of lesbian identity and sexual orientation are examined. Themes include the lesbian in contemporary and historical context; sexual orientation as it intersects with gender, race, ethnicity, and social class; identity politics vs. queer theory; bisexuality, transgenderism, and transsexuality; lesbian identity development in adolescence and adulthood; issues of coming out; sexism, heterosexism, and homophobia; lesbian and bisexual sex and intimacy; and lesbian coupling, family-building, and parenting. The strengths and resiliencies of lesbians as well as the kinds of psychological and social problems that can develop in hostile and disaffirming contexts are examined.

PSY 340a
Seminar on Gender and The Life Course
Maureen Mahoney
Thursday 1-2:50 p.m.

A seminar on the development of gender identity. Special attention will be given to critical reading of psychological theory and research on gender identification. Topics will include a comparative analysis of psychoanalytic, social-learning and cognitive-developmental theories. Recent work in feminist theory and the psychology of gender will be used as a counterpoint to classical formulations.

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. Prerequisites: SOC 101 a/b or permission of instructor.

Program Courses
Women of Color
Graduate Level
Winter 1999
Amherst College
Hampshire College
Mount Holyoke