AMHERST COLLEGE WOMEN'S STUDIES COURSES - FALL 2002

WAGS (Women and Gender Studies) 14 Grosvenor 542-5781
English 1 Johnson Chapel 542-2672
History 11 Chapin 542-2229
Political Science 103 Clark House 542-2380
Psychology Psychology Building 542-2217
Sociology/Anthropology 205 Morgan Hall 542-2193

WAGS 20/
HISTORY 74
Topics in the History of Sex, Gender, and the Family
Wednesday 2:00-4:00
Hunt

Topic will be announced in the fall.

WAGS 24 Text and Disciplines: Fiction as History
Tuesday, Thursday 11:30 a.m.
Barale
Saxton

This course seeks to understand the shared and differing readings of gender that are offered by two disciplines: History and Literature. A series of American novels, surrounded by a grouping of critical commentaries from historians and literary critics, will be used to examine each discipline's construction - and possibly misconstruction - of gender's operation. Our reading will include works by the following authors: Louisa May Alcott, Gwendolyn Brooks, Willa Cather, Sarah Orne Jewett, Catharine Maria Sedgwick, and Harriet Wilson.

WAGS 33 Ingrate Books: Chartering and Un-chartering Patriarchy
Monday, Wednesday 12:30
Griffiths

The so-called European "Great Books" tell and retell the heroic tale of how males took charge of heaven and earth. We shall consider the formation of that literary canon from the standpoint of contemporary works that revise, debunk, or reverse this myth. Ancient texts will be paired with modern retellings: Homer's Odyssey with Christine Bell, The Perez Family; Sophocles' Antigone and Opedipus the King with Rita Dove, The Darker Face of the Earth and Martha Graham, "Night Journey"; the Homeric Hymn to Demeter and Shakespeare's Tempest with Gloria Naylor, Mama Day and Fred Wilcox, "Forbidden Planet"; Euripides' Medea and Bacchae with Toni Morrison, Beloved; and the "Ballad of Mulan" with Maxine Hong Kingston, The Woman Warrior and James Cameron, "Aliens." We shall examine how the subordination of female to male supports other ranked categories: mind / body,rational / irrational,public / private,heaven / earth, order / disorder. If classic heroines and goddesses such as Penelope, Demeter, Antigone, Medea, and Athena were male constructs implicated in the silencing of Greek women, can they be remade as the basis of a modern non-exclusionary canon?

WAGS 53 Representing Domestic Violence
Monday 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Bumiller

This course is concerned with literary, political and legal representations of domestic violence and the relations between them. We question how domestic violence challenges the normative cultural definitions of home as safe or love as enabling. This course will consider how these representations of domestic violence disrupt the boundaries between private and public, love and cruelty, victim and oppressor. In order to better understand the gaps and links between representation and experience, theory and praxis, students as part of the work for this course will hold internships (three hours per week) at a variety of area agencies and organizations that respond to situations of domestic violence.

ANTHR 35 Gender: An Anthropological Perspective
Thursday 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Gewertz

This seminar provides an analysis of male-female relationships from a cross-cultural perspective, focusing upon the ways in which cultural factors modify and exaggerate the biological differences between men and women. Consideration will be given the positions of men and women in the evolution of society, and in different contemporary social, political, and economic systems, including those of the industrialized nations.

PSYCH 40f
Sex Role Socialization
Wednesday 2:00-4:30 p.m.
Olver

An examination of the processes throughout life that produce and maintain sex-typed behaviors. The focus is on the development of the psychological characteristics of males and females and implications of that development for participation in social roles. Consideration of the biological and cultural determinants of masculine and feminine behaviors will form the basis for an exploration of alternative developmental possibilities. Careful attention will be given to the adequacy of the assumptions underlying psychological constructs and research in the study of differences.

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