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WST 101a Women of Color: Defining the Issues
Thursday 7:30-9:00 pm
Anjali Arondekar Marilyn Schuster

Explores 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 invited lecturers 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. This course counts towards the UMass Women's Studies Women of Color (inside the U.S.) requirements for majors and minors.

WST 220a Queer Theories: Borders, Limits and Margins
Tuesday, Thursday 1:00-2:50 pm
Anjali Arondekar

Course surveys the emergent discourse of queer theory in relation to the advent of queer politics. We will analyze the ways in which the stigmatized term "queer" has been recircuited to signify an expansive, empowering political project. At the same time as we historicize this project, we will also point to its limitations with regards to the inclusion of nodes of difference like race, class, and gender. Readings: Michel Foucault, Eve Sedgwick, Havelock Ellis, Judith Butler, Richard Burton as well as recent interventions by Urvashi Vaid, Cherrie Moraga and other queers of color.

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

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 350a Gender, Culture, and Representation
Monday, Wednesday 2:40-4:00pm
Marilyn Schuster

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. Enrollment limited to senior women's studies majors.

AAS 350a Race and Representation: Afro-Americans in Film
Tuesday 3:00-4:50 pm, Monday 7:30 (screening)
Ann Ferguson

This course will examine the representation of African-Americans in U.S. cinema from two perspectives. The first views images of African-Americans in Hollywood film and the social historical context in which these representations are produced. The continuity of images as well as their transformation will be a central theme of investigation. The second perspective explores the development of a Black film aesthetic through the works of directors Oscar Micheaux, Julie Dash, Spike Lee, Charles Burnett and Alile Sharon Larkin. We will attend to their representations of blackness, and the broader social and political community in which they are located.

AMS 120a Scribbling Women
Monday, Wednesday 1:10?2:30pm
Sherry Marker

With the help of the Sophia Smith Collection and the Smith College Archives, this writing-intensive course looks at a number of 19th and 20th century American women writers. All wrestled with specific issues that confronted them as women; each wrote about important issues in American society. Enrollment limited to 15. Priority given to incoming students.

ANT 251a Women and Modernity in Asia
Tuesday, Thursday 10:30-11:50 am
Suzanne Gottschang

This course explores the roles, representations and experiences of women in 20th century China, Korea, Vietnam and Japan in the context of the modernization projects of these countries. Through ethnographic and historical readings, film and discussion this course examines how issues pertaining to women and gender relations have been highlighted in political, economic, and cultural institutions. The course compares the ways that Asian women have experienced these processes through three major topics: war and revolution, gendered aspects of work, and women in relation to the family. This course counts towards the UMass Women's Studies Women of Color (outside the U.S.) requirements for majors and minors.

ANT 243b Colloquium in Political Ecology: Gender, Knowledge, Culture
Monday, Wednesday 2:40-4:00 pm
Frederique Apffel-Marglin

This course is an introduction to the study of those factors implicated in the creation and perpetuation of the current ecological crisis. The course is structured around three categories: gender, knowledge, and culture. While not exhaustive, they have been chosen as promising entry points into the study of those practices inimical or favorable to ecological health. The course will integrate community-based learning into its requirements. Students will be required to volunteer in local environmental organizations or movements and test there the theoretical learning done in the course. Limited enrollment.

ANT 244b Gender, Science, Culture
Tuesday, Thursday 1:00-2:50 pm
Frederique Appfel-Marglin

This course will examine both contemporary issues in feminist critiques of science as well as historical issues. We will ponder the meaning and impact of the absence of women in the birth of science and the practice of science for most of its history. What is the import of the fact that modern science - which emerged around the 17th century - is the brain child of elite European males? Why were women absent? In order to ponder these issues we will look at the larger social, cultural and political context of the time of the Scientific Revolution. Does this history affect the emergence of current New Reproductive Technologies, Germ-line genetic engineering or the research surrounding cloning?

CLS 236a Cleopatra: Histories, Fiction, Fantasy
Monday, Wednesday 1:10-2:30 pm
Nancy Shumate

A study of the transformation of Cleopatra, a competent Hellenistic ruler, into a historical myth, a staple of literature, and a cultural lens through which the political, aesthetic, and moral sensibilities of different eras have been focused. Roman, Medieval, Renaissance, Orientalist, Postcolonial, Hollywood Cleopatras; reading from, among others, Plutarch, Virgil, Boccaccio, Shakespeare, Dryden, Gautier, Shaw, historical novelists; some attention to Cleopatra in the visual arts.

CLT 223a Forms of Autobiography: Women's Autobiography in Context
Monday, Wednesday 2:40-4:00 pm
Ann Jones

An exploration of changes in the concept of the self and of literary techniques devised to empower that self as a public figure, whether outsider, social critic and innovator or defender of a principle or the tribe. Texts by Margaret Kempe, Hamet Jacobs, Rigoberto Menchu, Maxine Hong Kingston, Sara Sulen

CLT 229a The Renaissance Gender Debate
Tuesday, Thursday 11:30-10:50 am
Ann Jones

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
Tuesday, Thursday 1:00-2:50 pm
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). This course counts towards the UMass Women's Studies Women of Color (outside the U.S.) requirements for majors and minors.

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

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.

ENG 120a Fiction: Women's Coming of Age Stories
Monday, Wednesday 9:00-10:20 am
Elizabeth Harries

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

ENG 280 Advanced Essay Writing: Essays by Women
Ann Boutelle

See Department for description.

FRN 230b Black Francophone Women Writers
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11:00-11:50am

A study of literary and cultural topics through a variety of texts. Images of slavery, sexuality and France in the works of contemporary Black Women writers from Africa and the Caribbean. Such authors as Mariama Ba, Maryse Conde, and Simone Schwarz-Bart. Readings and discussion in French. This course counts towards the UMass Women's Studies Women of Color (outside the U.S.) requirement for majors and minors.

GOV 204a Urban Politics
Tuesday, Thursday 10:30-11:50 pm
Martha Ackelsberg

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 266a Politics of Gender and Sexuality
Monday, Wednesday 1:10-2:30pm
Gary Lehring

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.

HST 263b Continuity and Change in Spanish America and Brazil: Gender in the Study of Latin American History
Tuesday, Thursday 3:00-4:20pm
Ann Zulawski

Gender as a central element in the creation of Latin American societies. The interaction of gender, class, and ethnicity in different historical periods in various regions of Spanish America and Brazil. Topics include: changing gender relations in the Aztec and Inca states, men and woman under colonialism, gender and movements for social change, the household economy and the public sphere, sexuality and society. At least on course in Latin American history is strongly recommended as a foundation for this class. Permission of the instructor required. This course counts towards the UMass Women's Studies Women of Color (outside the U.S.) requirements for majors and minors.

HST 277a History of Women in the U.S., Colonial Period - 1865
Tuesday, Thursday 9:00-10:20am
Marylynn Salmon

The historical positions of women within the society and culture. Problems include immigration and ethnicity, isolation, and social organization, the legal status of women (property and other rights), religion and witchcraft, race and class, the Revolution and the Civil War, women's work within the household, slavery, education, redefinition of motherhood, abolition and reform, emergence of women's rights and factory labor. Emphasis on social, cultural and spatial aspects.

HST 280a Women, Work and Protest in The 20th Century
Monday, Wednesday 2:40-4:00 pm
Jennifer Klein

The history of work in its social and political context, 1870's to present. Topics include women's work at home and in the paid labor force, labor movements, race and class. New Deal, public policies affecting women and men at work, labor and the global economy.

HST 383b Research In U.S. Women's History: The Sophia Smith Collection
Wednesday 7:30-9:30pm
Kathleen Banks Nutter
Marla Miller

Agents of Social Change, 1930's-1980's. Enrollment limited. Permission of instructor required.

IDP 208a Women's Medical Issues
Tuesday, Thursday 10:30-11:50am
Leslie Jaffe

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. Enrollment limited to 70.

PSY 268a Lesbian Identity and Experience
Tuesday, Thursday 9:00-10:20am

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.

SOC 210/
Deviant Behavior
Patricia Miller

Explores theories of deviance, research studies, and literature and film aimed at understanding origins of and responses to mental illness, drug abuse, rape and other crimes against women, white collar crime, corporate and governmental deviance, crime and juvenile delinquency, homosexuality and homophobia, and rebellion.

SOC 229a Sex and Gender in American Society
Tuesday, Thursday 10:30-11:50am
Jill Ross

Examines 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.

SOC 310/
The Sociology of Courageous Behavior: Gender, Community and the Individual
Myron Glazer

The application of theory and research in contemporary sociology, with particular emphasis on the study of loss, adversity and courageous response. Case studies include the ordinary people and extraordinary evil, women's involvement in the anti-Apartheid struggle in South Africa, the oppressive Communist society in Czechoslovakia, resistance in concentration camps and ghettos and rescuers of Jews during the European Holocaust. Women's memoirs will serve as a major source. Admission by the permission of the instructor.

SOC 323a Gender and Social Change
Tuesday 1:00-2:50pm
Nancy Whittier

This course examines theory and research on the construction of and change in gender categories in the United States. Particular attention will be paid to social movements that seek to change gender definitions and stratification, including both feminist and anti-feminist movements. Theoretical frameworks will be drawn from feminist theory and social movement theory. Readings will examine historical shifts in gender relations and norms, changing definitions of gender in contemporary everyday life, and politicized struggles over gender definitions. Themes throughout the course include the social construction of both femininity and masculinity, the intersection of race, class, and identity. Case studies of social movements will include feminist, lesbian and gay, right-wing, self help, men's, anti-abortion and pro-choice movements. Enrollment limited. Permission of the instructor required.

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

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. Attendance required at some performances.

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