WST 101 Introduction to Women's Studies
Monday, Wednesday 11:00-12:15 p.m.
R. Garrett-Goodyear
E. Gelfand

This course introduces the social and historical construction of women and gender from cross-cultural and interdisciplinary perspectives. We will consider the intersections of gender, race, and class oppression and how these intersections structure sexuality, reproduction, and sexual violence. We will explore how gendered bodies are produced by colonial and neocolonial discourses. We will examine the development of feminist theory and its practices in local and international contexts.

WST 200/
HIST 280
African American Women & U.S. History
Tuesday, Thursday 1:15-2:30
M. Renda

How is our understanding of U.S. history transformed when we place African American women at the center of the story? This course will examine the exclusion of African American women from dominant historical narratives and the challenge to those narratives presented by African American women's history through an investigation of selected topics in the field. Will fulfill the Women of Color requirement inside the U.S. for the Women's Studies major and minor.

WST 203 (01)/
ENGL 270
19th Century American Women Writers
Tuesday, Thursday 8:35 - 9:50 a.m.
L. Brown

In this cross-cultural examination of nineteenth-century American women writers, we will compare a number of works of fiction, prose, poetry, and autobiography. We will discuss how writers created sophisticated and insightful critiques of American culture and imagined or re-presented new American identities and histories. We will also consider tensions between "sentimental" idealism and political pragmatism, restrictive domesticity and dangerous autonomy, and passionless femininity and expressed sexuality. Authors may include Alcott, Child, Far, Fuller, Harper, Hopkins, Ruiz de Burton Wilson, and Winnemucca.

WST 203 (02)/
ENGL 271
20th Century American Women Writers
Tuesday, Thursday 11:00-12:15 p.m.
E. Young

This course examines the work of a variety of twentieth-century women writers located in the United States, focusing on the genre of prose fiction and the themes of gender, race, and sexuality. Particular attention will be paid to developments in African American women's writing, to Southern writers, and lesbian literary representation. Writers may include Gwendolyn Brooks, Willa Cather, Kate Chopin, Zora Neale Hurston, Nella Larsen, Carson McCullers, Flannery O'Connor, Gertrude Stein, Alice Walker, Edith Wharton, and Hisaye Yamamoto.

WST 240 Gender & Communication
Tuesday, Thursday 8:35 - 9:50
T. Burk

Speaking-intensive course. This course focuses on gender, and its interactive relationship with communication in contemporary American society. In this light, we will explore dimensions of the following: (1) the mechanisms by which cultural models of gender can shape communication behaviors and messages; (2) the creation of perpetuation of gender stereotypes (historically and currently) through communication in families, schools, social arenas, and the media; (3) the impacts of gendered communication on cultural and personal constructs of success, satisfaction, and esteem; and (4) the potential for awareness of gendered communication to serve as an agent of change

WST 250 Global Feminism
Tuesday, Thursday 11:00-12:15
A. Bandarage

What is globalization? What are its positive and negative effects on different regions, cultures, social classes, ethnic groups, the sexes, and the environment? How are women resisting against poverty, militarism, environmental and cultural destruction accompanying globalization? What alternative visions and models of development are offered by women's movements working for peace, justice, and environmental stability?

WST 300 Buddhism, Feminism & Ecology
Thursday 11:00-12:15
A. Bandarage

Buddhism, feminism, and ecology are seemingly disparate philosophies of life, yet they share fundamental similarities in how they conceptualize the interconnectedness of human and nonhuman nature. We examine these similarities, as well as differences, in relation to such categories as self and other, unity in diversity, and nonviolence. Particular attention is given to the works of theorists working within ecofeminism and "engaged Buddhism."

WST 333 (01) E. Dickinson in her Time
Wednesday 1:00-3:35 p.m.
M. Ackmann

(Community-based learning course) This course will examine the writing of Emily Dickinson, both her poetry and her letters. We will consider the cultural, historical, and familial environment in which she wrote, with special attention paid to Dickinson's place as a woman artist in the nineteenth century. Students will be asked to complete a community-based learning project in which some aspect of Dickinson's life and work is interpreted for the general public and incorporated into an ongoing display at the Dickinson Homestead. The class will meet at the Dickinson Homestead in Amherst.

WST 333 (02) Feminist & Queer Theories
Tuesday 1:00-3:50 p.m.
K. Barad

Questions of power, agency, structure, materiality, bodies, subjectivities, and discursive practices have been central to both feminist and queer theories. We will focus on these issues, exploring the tensions between poststructuralist, Marxist, and materialist approaches. In analyzing contemporary theories of gender and sexuality, we will pay particular attention to issues of race, class, ethnicity, nationality, and globalization. Key problematics include the nature and operation of power, the relationship between materiality and discourse and between theory and practice.

WST 333 (03)
Anthropologies and Sexualities
Thursday 1:00-3:50 p.m.
L. Morgan

This seminar focuses on contemporary anthropological scholarship concerned with the varieties of sexual expression in diverse cultural settings. We will read ethnographic accounts of sexual ideologies and the politics and practices of sexuality in Brazil, Japan,Native North America, India, and elsewhere. We will examine anthropological theories of sexuality with an emphasis on contemporary issues, including performance theory, "third gender" theories, sexuality identity formulation, and techniques used by various societies to discipline the body.

WST 333 (04)/
SOC 305
Sociology of Gender
Wednesday 1:00-3:50
L. Morgan

This courses focuses on the social production of gender relationships across a range of institutional, interactional, intellectual, and cultural contexts. The syllabus is structured around selections from major social, political, economic, and cultural theories of gender in addition to several exemplary empirical studies. Weekly topics include kinship and socialization, the contemporary moral orders of masculinity and feminity, issues in sexuality, paid work, hoursework and family organization, legal systems and nation-states, war and rape, and the gendered organization and deployment of "expert" authority in a range of social settings.

WST 333 (05)/
HIST 381
Wednesday 1:00-3:50 p.m.
M. Renda

This seminar examines the changing relationship between women and politics in the United States. Focusing on women's activism in and out of formal political arenas, we will consider the conceptual and interpretive problems raised by the inclusion of women in American political history. Students will be expected to write a substantial essay based on original research.

WST 333 (06) Globalization and Fundamentalization
Wednesday 1:50 - 3:50 p.m.
A. Bandarage

The worsening problems of global environmental and social destruction including the oppression of women are frequently attributed either to economic and cultural globalization or ethno-religious fundamentalism. However, in what ways do globalization and fundamentalism reinforce each other? What theories and social movements provide more balanced alternatives to the extreme models of psychological and social development represented by both these forces? This course will seek answers to these questions in relation to case studies of ethno-religious as well as gender, race and class struggles from both the Northern industrialized and impoverished Southern countries.

ENGL 351 Toni Morrison
Wednesday 1:00-3:50 p.m.
L. Brown

(Speaking & Writing intensive course) This course will on Toni Morrison and the extensive literary generated in response to her writings. As we works such as The Bluest Eye, Sula, Beloved, Paradise, we will discuss Morrison's evolution as a writer, the ways in which she critiques and reconstructs American communities, her authorial agendas, and her critical reception. We will consider Morrison in relation to her contemporaries and the African American and American literary traditions. Discussions will take up questions about the roles and responsibilities of the African American author, the genres of historical fiction and romance, and redefinition of black womanhood.

ANTHR 216 Kinship/Marriage/Family
Tuesday, Thursday 8:35-9:50
J. Thompson

Kinship, marriage, and the family are cultural contexts (and constructs) within which the drama of human life takes shape. To make sense of these complexities, we begin with early anthropological studies and then move to present debates about the power of patrilines, and matrilineal puzzle, double descent, monogamy, polygamy, and polyandry. Grounded in dialogue with feminist scholarship and using cross-cultural ethnographic methods, we examine variations in families, kin systems, and marriage patterns as well as the force of these institutions on individuals. Topics include: marital power, strategies of resistance within families, love, families as they change, and the families we choose.

GERM 315 "Dancing on the Volcano:" Women Artists in the Weimar Republic from 1919-1933
1:00-3:50 p.m.
H. Teschke

Wolfgang Petersen's film adaptation of Harold Nebenzal's novel Café Berlin will once again put the legendary theater, cabaret and art scene of the Weimar Republic's "Golden Twenties" in the international limelight. The contributions and significance of women in this scene were striking and multi-facetted even in comparison with the growing role of women in the arts today. The course "Dancing on the Volcano: women artists in the Weimar Republic from 1919-1933" will focus on texts by and about women writers, actors, dancers, and artists. We will draw heavily from Birgit Hausstedt's Die wilden Jahre in Berlin (Dortmund: edition ebersbach, 1999). When the Nazis took power, most of these women artists went into exile or were murdered in the concentration camps of the SS. Their work was labeled as "degenerate art" and their work as well as their names were forgotten. This seminar will include texts, songs, films and documentary recordings from, for example, Anita Berber, Vicki Baum, Bertolt Brecht, Dora and Walter Benjamin, Marlene Dietrich, Marieluise Fleisser, Helen und Franz Hessel, Hannah Höch, Irmgard Keun, Käthe Kollwitz, Siegfried Kracauer, Else Lasker-Schüler, Lotte Lenya, Anna Seghers, Kurt Tucholsky, Kurt Weill, and other writers of this time. The course will include a performance based on Piscator's dramaturgy, that will be written and performed by students in the seminar. Prerequisite(s): German 221 and 222 or 241, or permission of department.

POL 207 Women & the Law
Tuesday, Thursday 11:00 12:15
W. Stewart

This course is an assessment, in terms of political power, of how the legal order impinges on women in American society, with an examination of the legal rights of women in a number of areas of substantive law: equal opportunity in education, employment, and credit; selected aspects of the law governing marital status, the family, and property.

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