SMITH COLLEGE WOMEN'S STUDIES COURSES - FALL2002

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WST 101 Women of Color: Defining the Issues
Thursday 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Ann Arnett Ferguson Elisabeth Arnstrong

WST 101 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 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. Graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory only. May not be repeated for credit. 2 credits

WST 227 The History of Feminist Thought I : 19th Century Feminisms (pending CAP approval)
Monday, Wednesday 2:40-4:00 p.m.
Wendy Kolmar

The objectives of this course are: first, to explore the broad range of work that lays the intellectual and theoretical ground work for contemporary feminist theory and politics; second, to understand the history of the persistence of central ideas and issues as well as the introduction of entirely new strains of thought and erasure of others; and third, to consider some of the fundamental questions these theories raise about the origins of gender difference, the nature and origins of patriarchy, the intersection between gender, race, class, sexuality, and nationality as categories of analysis or bases of oppressions or empowerment.

WST 240 Global Women, Feminized Work
Tuesday, Thursday 9:00-10:20 a.m.
Elisabeth Armstrong

Advertisements for Madison Avenue fashions gloss over the necessary labor of picking cotton and sewing cloth. Similarly, the women who wear the clothes have scant knowledge of the people who make them. This course pulls the thread of profit that connects disparate places and far-flung people in the global assembly line. As women take the frontlines of cheapened work, they develop new methods of resistance and hone old means of survival. This course relies upon intensive research projects alongside historical, sociological, oral, and written narratives to examine gender and work in economies of slavery, colonialism and multinational capitalism. Prerequisite: WST 150.

WST 245 Gender, Race and the Welfare State in the U.S.
Tuesday, Thursday 10:20-11:50 a.m.
Gwendolyn Mink

This course will examine the development of the U.S. welfare state in light of its gendered and racialized politics and impacts. Readings and lectures will consider the welfare state as a whole through a focus on relationships among the welfare state, democratization, and persistent inequality. Particular attention will be given to welfare policy, an arena of vexed interactions among the politics of gender, race, and class. Prerequisite: WST 150.

WST 301 Feminist Theory (pending CAP approval)
Tuesday 3:00-4:50 p.m.
Myriam Chancy

This course is designed for students ready to do advanced work in contemporary feminist theory as articulated by women of varying socio-economic, racial, and national backgrounds. Our study will be plural in nature, encompassing writings by women marginalized by race, class, nationality, and/or sexuality; it will also address a variety of social issues including, but not limited to, representations of women in film and advertising, classism, racism, anti-semitism, homophobia, and sexual harassment. Our primary aim will be to blur the boundary between what has been defined historically as 'practical' as opposed to 'theoretical' deployment of feminist outlooks. Prerequisites: WST 150 or 250 and one other Women's Studies course or permission of the instructor. Additionally, all students must sign up outside the Women's Studies Program office (Seelye 207b).

WST 314 Gender and Film (pending CAP approval)
Tuesday 3:00-4:50 p.m., Monday 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Wendy Kolmar

This course examines the operation of gender in popular film representations and explores the ways in which directors have responded to these representations. We will examine the contributions of feminist film theory in shaping these conversations since the 1970s. Students will develop critical and theoretical tools for film viewing and analysis. Prerequisites: WST 150 or 250 and one other Women's Studies course or permission of the instructor. Additionally, all students must sign up outside the Women's Studies Program office (Seelye 207b).

WST 317 Feminist Legal Theory
Wednesday 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Gwendolyn Mink

Common readings and discussion will consider U.S. feminist legal theories of subordination and difference as well as feminist legal and policy theories of sex and gender justice. We will pay particular attention to the ways in which intersecting statuses, identities, and interests based on race, class, sexuality, and gender can stratify different women's relationships to the same laws and can undermine the distribution of women's rights to all women. Topics addressed will include work, reproduction, family formation, violence and sexuality as sites of women's oppressions. Throughout the course, students will be asked to theorize the problems posed for law by asymmetries of power and resources among women and between women and men; and on the significance of rights to women's prospects for equality. Prerequisites: WST 150 or 250 and one other Women's Studies course or permission of the instructor. Additionally, all students must sign up outside the Women's Studies Program office (Seelye 207b).

AAS 248 Gender in the Afro-American Literary Tradition
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A study of Afro-American literature through the lens of gender. How does the issue of gender affect the relationship between race and writing? Authors include: Nella Larsen, Zora Neale Hurston, Charles Johnson, Ida B. Wells, Richard Wright, and John Edgar Wideman. Prerequisites: AAS 113 or 237 or with permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 20.

AAS 350 Race and Representation: Afro-Americans in Film
Monday 7:30-9:30 p.m., Thursday 3:00-4:50 p.m.
Ann Arnett Ferguson

This course will examine the representation of African-Americans in U.S. cinema from two perspectives. The first views the 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, Matty Rich and Isaac Julien. We will attend to their representations of blackness, and the broader social and political community in which they are located. Prerequisite: AAS 111, 113, 117 or the equivalent. Open to Juniors and Seniors only. Permission of the instructor required.

AMS 120 Scribbling Women
Monday, Wednesday 1:10-2:30 p.m.
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. Writing intensive.

AMS 220 Colloquium: Fashion Attitudes
Tuesday, Thursday 1:00-2:50 p.m.
Bettina Friedl

This course will explore attitudes towards fashions in women's dress from the early 19th to the mid-20th century. The goal of the course is to investigate details of changes in dress, various dress reform movements, and the significance of women's dress that will be studied in literature, fabric, painting, magazine illustrations and fashion plates, fashion photography and film. Permission of the instructor required.

ANT 244 Gender, Science and Culture
Tuesday, Thursday 3 :00-4:50 p.m.
Frédérique Apffel-Marglin

The starting point for this course will be feminist anthropological studies of the biology of women's bodies. The course is located at the intersection of feminist critiques of science, ethnographic studies of modern Western scientific practices, and the new historiography of science. The course will range from women's explicit exclusion from the beginnings of science in 16th and 17th century Western Europe to contemporary practices of in vitro fertilization and germ-line engineering. Not open to first-years. Limited enrollment.

ARH 360 Studies in American Art: Topic: Women and Art at the Turn of the Century
Thursday 1:00-2:50 p.m.
John Davis

An exploration of American women as producers and subjects of late nineteenth-century visual culture. Our investigation will include the changing possibilities of artistic training and practice, the nature of gendered space, the "aestheticization" of turn-of-the-century culture, and the ideological underpinnings of such concepts as "allegory," "reverie," and "melancholy." Throughout we will be sensitive not only to the variety of roles assigned women by mainstream nineteenth-century American culture, but also to the roles women artists were able to define for themselves in an era of complex societal change. Not open to first and second-years. Permission of the instructor required.

CLT 229 Topics in Renaissance Culture: The Renaissance Gender Debate
Tuesday, Thursday 10:30-11:50 a.m.
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, women 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. Not open to first years.

CLT 267 African Women's Drama
Tuesday, Thursday 1:00-2:30 p.m.
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 for what purposes do they interweave the various aspects of performance in African oral traditions with elements of European drama? 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).

EAL 244 Construction of Gender in Modern Japanese Women's Writing
Tuesday, Thursday 1:00-2:50 p.m.
Kimberly Kono

This course will focus on the construction of gender in the writings of Japanese women from the mid-19th century until the present. How does the existence of a feminine literary tradition in premodern Japan influence the writing of women during the modern period? How do these texts reflect, resist, and reconfigure conventional representations of gender? We will explore the possibilities and limits of the articulation of feminine and feminist subjectivities, as well as investigate the production of such categories as race, class, and sexuality in relation to gender and each other. Readings will include short stories and novels by such writers as Higuchi Ichiyô, Hayashi Fumiko, Kôno Taeko, Yoshimoto Banana and Yamada Amy. Taught in English, with no knowledge of Japanese required.

EAL 261 Major Themes in Literature: East-West Perspectives: Gendered Fate
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11:00 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.
Sabina Knight

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 Maya Angelou, Simone de Beauvoir, Hayashi Fumiko, Nadine Gordimer, Toni Morrison, Wang Anyi and Zhang Jie. All readings in English translation.

EAL 360 Topics in East Asian Literatures: The Tale of the Genji and its Legacy
Wednesday 7:30-9:30 P.M.
Thomas Rohlich

This 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. We will also examine ways in which the Genji is represented in later texts, such as medieval Noh plays and even 20th century manga, as a way of examining both the question of influence and the role that the Genji plays in the literature and culture of Japan. All readings are in English translation with no knowledge of Japanese required. Permission of the instructor required.

FRN 340 Women Writers and Images of Women in 17th and 18th Centuries French Literature
Monday, Wednesday 2:40-4:00 p.m.
Hélène Visentin

How did women have access to knowledge in the early modern period? Who were the women who dared to put pen to paper? How did feminist protests take form? We will examine the representation of women in the 17th and 18th centuries society through different literary genres (novels, plays, essays) and we will analyze texts by women authors. The relations between these representations and the social and historical context will be central to our study of this period. Texts by Madeleine de Scudéry, Molière, Marie-Madeleine de La Fayette, Françoise de Graffigny, Isabelle de Charrière et Denis Diderot. Some of these texts will be compared with their film adaptations. Readings and discussion in French. Permission of the instructor required.

GER 227 Brave New World: Women and the Experience of Exile
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 2:40-4:00 p.m.
Gertraud Gutzman

The displacement of populations through war and ethnic strife has been a constant of world history, past and present. One of the examples of forced migration, with significant impact on American life and culture, is that of the Nazi period (1933-45) in Germany and Austria. This course will explore the exile experience of women from these lands (in the majority, German and Austrian Jews): their endurance and resistance during the Nazi period, their central role in the survival of their families, and the effects of exile on their artistic work. Readings will include letters, diaries, memoirs, films, autobiographies, poems and fiction by writers, artists, publishers, political activists and philosophers such as Hannah Arendt, Helen Wolff, Toni Sender, Anna Seghers, Erika Mann, Marlene Dietrich. The course will also include women writers from other countries forced into exile for political reasons such as Eva Hoffman, Nawal el Saadawi, Marina Tsvetayeva. Conducted in English. Knowledge of German not required.

GOV 269 Politics of Gender and Sexuality
Monday, Wednesday 1:10-2:30 p.m.
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 228 Religious Women in Medieval Society
Tuesday, Thursday 1:00-2:15 p.m.
Fiona Griffiths

Monasticism provided medieval women an opportunity to pursue the religious life free from the obligations of marriage, motherhood and family. Topics include saints and martyrs, prophets and heretics, sexuality and virginity, literacy and education within the cloister, mysticism, relations between religious women and men, and the relevance of gender in the religious life. Do medieval texts by and about religious women reveal a distinctive feminine spirituality?

HST 252 Women in Modern Europe 1789-1918
Tuesday, Thursday 3:00-4:40 p.m.
Darcy Buerkle

A survey of European women's history from the French Revolution through World War I. We will study shifts in conceptions of public and private with an emphasis on a range of emerging gender, class and race-based relationships to the body politic through primary and secondary sources including autobiographies, novels, treatises and films.

HST 278 History of Women in the U.S., 1865-1970
Tuesday, Thursday 1:00-2:20 PM
Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz

Continued examination of the historical position of women within the society and culture. Problems include the implications of class, 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 the depression, and feminism's second wave. Emphasis on social and cultural aspects.

IDP 208 Women's Medical Issues
Tuesday, Thursday 10:30-11:50 a.m.
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, the media's representation of women and gender bias in health care. Enrollment limited to 70.

JUD 265 Jews and Judaism in America, 1650-present: Gender in American Jewish History
Monday, Wednesday 2:40-4:00 p.m.
Holly Snyder

The distinctive religious, cultural, and social life of Jews in different American settings. Special focus on gender roles and Jewish women's lives in the contexts of immigration, the Americanization of Judaism, assimilation, and the negotiation of conflicting identities. Attention to Jewish social and communal life as well as contributions of Jews to the wider political and cultural scene.

PSY 268 Lesbian Identity and Experience
Tuesday, Thursday 10:30-11:50 a.m.
Kathleen Shanahan

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 366 Topics in the Psychology of Women
Wednesday 1:10-4:00 p.m.
Lauren Duncan

Issues in Adolescent Gender Role Development. In this course we examine psychological issues girls face in their adolescent years. Topics may include body image, self-esteem, academic achievement, peer and dating relationships, and gender socialization. This is a community based learning course and a central component involves volunteering as a mentor to an adolescent girl in the Northampton area. Recommended Pre or co-requisite: PSY266 or WST150, and permission of the instructor.

REL 242 Mary: Images and Cults
Monday, Wednesday 1:10-2:30 p.m.
Vera Shevzov

Whether revered as the Birth-Giver of God or simply remembered as a Jewish peasant woman, Mary has both inspired and challenged generations of Christian women and men. This course focuses on key developments in the "history of Mary" since Christian times to the present. How has her image shaped Christianity? What does her image in any given age tell us about personal and collective Christian identity? Topics include Mary's "life"; rise of the Marian cult; Mary and the Papacy; differences among Protestant, Catholic and Orthodox Christians; apparitions (e.g., Guadalupe and Lourdes); miracle-working icons; Mary, liberation and feminism. Liturgical, devotional, and theological texts, art, music, and film.

SOC 229 Sex and Gender in American Society
Tuesday, Thursday 9:00-10:20 a.m.
Nancy Whittier

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 interaction, culture, and a number of institutional contexts, including the economy, politics, and the family.

SOC 310 The Sociology of Courageous Behavior: Gender, Community and the Individual
Tuesday 3:00-4:50 p.m.
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 analysis of 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 permission of the instructor.

SOC 325 Migration and Gender (pending CAP approval)
Thursday 3-4:50 p.m.
Ingrid Sommerkorn-Abrahams

International mainstream (im)migration scholarship has traditionally been gender-blind. Although many contemporary voluntary and involuntary migration movements are female dominated, the male migrant is considered prototypical. Women are either (often) invisible in migration research or they are seen as dependants and rarely as protagonists of the migration process in their own right. In this seminar we will explore the migratory experience of selected ethnic groups by analyzing social science research with a 'gender-specific lens'. Topics include: Changes in gender and generational relations, the role of family and social networks in the migration process, comparisons between labor migration in the U.S. and in Europe. Permission of the instructor required.

THE 214 Black Theatre
Tuesday, Thursday 10:30-11:50 a.m.
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.

THE 242a Acting II: Confronting Gender/ Performing the Body
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:00-12:00 p.m.
Ellen Kaplan

The course combines rehearsal and performance of selected dramatic texts with the creation of students' original work, to look at the ways in which culture shapes gender and its performance on and off stage. We examine the (female) actor's body in performance, and the nature of cultural assumptions about body image Utilizing acting training techniques and methodology (physical and vocal exploration; research; textual analysis; character work and improvisation) we explore stereotype and identity, power dynamics around body-image, and the impact of culture and media on the female body Enrollment limited to 16. Permission of the instructor required.

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