|School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies School of Interdisciplinary Arts School of Social Science||Emily Dickinson Hall Franklin Patterson Hall Franklin Patterson Hall||559-5362 559-5501 559-5548|
Monday, Wednesday 10:30 - 11:50 am
Course inquires into, considers, and compares several of the earliest images and ideas of woman, as found in ancient texts and artifacts. The aim will be to follow the story of woman in the ancient Mediterranean and Near East from its prehistoric roots to its fateful fruition in Greek myth and the Hebrew Bible. As the story of woman is inseparable from the story of man--Dumuzi, Epimetheus, Paris, Adam--his many names and faces will also be traced and considered.
Wednesday, Friday 1:00-2:20 pm
Course explores what we can bring from our knowledge as readers to the act of creating fiction and how writing fiction might shape the way we approach women's narratives as readers. Discussion will focus on the representation of gender, sexuality, race and culture, the use of language and structure, and the relation of the acts of writing and reading to feminist theory and practice. Several classes will be devoted to the presentation and discussion of student work. Readings may include A Room of One's Own, Beloved, The Fifth Child, Autobiography of My Mother, Stone Butch Blues, Red Azalea, and selected short stories and critical essays. Students should expect to keep a journal, to write in a variety of genres (fiction, personal essay, biography, autobiography), and to attend a series of films on Wednesday evenings.
Third World, Second Sex: Does Economic Development Enrich or Impoverish
Tuesday, Thursday 10:30 - 11:50 am
What happens to women when societies "modernize" and industrialize their economies? Is capitalist economic development a step forward or a step backward for women in industrialized and developing countries? In this seminar we look at debates about how some trends in worldwide capitalist development affect women's status, roles, access to resources, and marital status, and locate the debates in historical context. In the "global assembly line" debate we look at women's changing work roles. We ask whether women workers in textile and electronics factories gain valuable skills, power and resources though these jobs, or whether they are super-exploited by multinational corporations. Other topics include whether population policies improve women's health and living standards or reinforce their subordination, the nature of women's work in the so-called "informal sector," and the impact of the current worldwide economic crisis. We will use journal articles, short fiction, videos, and The Women, Gender & Development Reader to explore these issues.
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The Making of Modern Society
Wednesday, Friday 10:30-11:50 am
Modern social theory was born in the context of two revolutions: the French Revolution and the Industrial Revolution. It sought to interpret the distinctiveness and the future of the modern Western societies that emerged from these great transformations. We will study how the classical social theorists, Marx, Weber, and Durkheim, each understood the nature of modern social life, the sources of social cohesion and social change and the character of modern power and domination. We will also examine how each constructed modernity's others, as objects of both knowledge and power. Then we will read Simone de Beauvoir and W.E.B. Dubois, who address the position of women in society and the character of race relations. Students should emerge from this class with a basic understanding of a sociological perspective--a social conception of the self, ways of analyzing institutions and whole societies, an interest in large scale historical change, and a recognition that theory is a practice linked to power, that not only explains the world, but in so doing affects how people live their lives and orient themselves to it.
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