HAMPSHIRE COLLEGE WOMEN'S STUDIES COURSES - Fall 2003

School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies
School of Interdisciplinary Arts
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HACU 158 Southern Writers: Sense of Place
Monday, Wednesday 1:00 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.
L. Brown Kennedy

This seminar on the fiction of the southern U.S. will include texts by now well known writers from the 30s through the 60s (Hurston, Welty, O'Connor, McCullers, Faulkner, Ellison, Wright) together with works by more recent authors such as Lee Smith, Kay Gibbons, Randall Kenan. As for my point of view--the possible questions I had in mind in choosing these particular writers--How do gender or race shape the segment of human experience they choose to depict? Of what importance is it that they are all Southern? Is regionalism a useful criterion in thinking about literature? If not, in what other ways can one talk about the sense of place--of land, of history, of community and family they evoke in their writing: What can one make of the insistence one finds in many of their works on isolation, loneliness or violence and on the physically and psychologically grotesque? The focus of this course will be on learning to read literary text critically.

HACU 159 Women's Lives, Women's Stories
Monday, Wednesday 1:00 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.
Susan Tracy

In this course we will analyze the lives and work of some women writers and will consider the interrelationship between the writer's life, the historical period in which she lives, and work she produces. We will examine the different paths these women took to become writers, the obstacles they overcame, and the themes which emerge from their work. Among the writers we will consider are Zora Neal Hurston, Tillie Olsen, Joy Kogawa, Adrienne Rich, and Cherrie Moraga. Students will write several short papers and will have the option to write a research paper.

HACU 226 Literature and Class
Tuesday, Thursday 12:30 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.
Lisa Sanders
Eric Schocket

During the last 30 years, literary scholars have increasingly turned their attention to race and gender. On the one hand, their work has been to recover texts by women and people of color. On the other, they have begun to analyze structures of gender bias and racism within already famous texts. But why has class--a central facet of modern society--not received a commensurate amount of attention? What makes class so difficult to read? In this course, we will examine a wide range of texts--fiction, autobiographical and non-fiction writing, and criticism--in an effort to explore these and other questions regarding the relationship of classed representations to social and political movements. Possible texts include "Life in the Iron Mills," Martin Eden, The House of Mirth, Sister Carrie, Life as We Have Known It and an example of proletarian literature from the 1930s.

HACU 277 Contemporary Film and Literature: Postcolonial Visions From Australia and New Zealand
Monday, Wednesday 10:30 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. Monday 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Eva Rueschmann

We will examine the ways in which selected literary texts and popular and independent films from both Australia and New Zealand engage in critical terms with questions of identity, nation and culture that lie at the heart of the two antipodean countries' self-image. Of central interest in our discussions will be representations of landscape, mythologies of national identity, visions of gender and sexuality, and the complex history between Aboriginals and white European Australians and between Maori and the Pakeha, white New Zealanders. Our close readings of novels, short stories and films will be informed by postcolonial, feminist and cultural approaches to screen and literary culture. Fiction by Janet Frame, Patrick White, Peter Carey, David Malouf, Sally Morgan, Keri Hulme and others. Films by Peter Weir, Jane Campion, Gillian Armstrong, Vincent Ward, Nicholas Roeg, Peter Jackson, Tracey Moffatt and more.

IA 129
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Rewriting the Classics: Race, Gender, Performance
Tuesday, Thursday 10:30 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.
Priscilla Page

This course looks at the dramaturgical elements of theater in relation to playwriting and playmaking. To this end we will read dramatic texts from different historical time periods and their contemporary counterparts, biographical and autobiographical information about the playwrights, as well as myths, stories, poems and narratives from various sources. The contemporary playwrights that we will study will be primarily women and people of color in the U.S. We will investigate these texts from the standpoint that "newness is a myth" (Iizuka) and that artists do not create their work in isolation, but rather have a keen cultural, historical, and social awareness even if that awareness leads them away from their sources. After some investigation on our part, you will begin your own playwriting/ playmaking process that will result in a staged reading at the end of the semester.

IA 132 Feminist Fictions
Monday, Frdiay 10:30 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.
Ellie Siegel
Lynne Hanley

This course will explore works of fiction by post-women's liberation writers. Discussion will focus on forms of narration, use of language and structure, the representation of gender, sexuality, race and culture, and the relation of the acts of writing and reading to feminist theory and practice. Readings will include Beloved, The Autobiography of My Mother, For the Country Entirely, Stone Butch Blues, and Red Azalea. We will also read A Room of One's Own and selected critical essays, and students should expect to keep a journal consisting of at least one typed paragraph on each text, and to attend a series of films on Wednesday evenings. Students will write in a variety of forms-personal essay, literary criticism, short fiction, and autobiography. For the final project, students will write a 10-12 page portrait of their mother, which will be critiqued in small groups, revised and presented to the class.

IA 138
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Latino Theatre
Tuesday, Thursday 2:00 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.
Priscilla Page

How many Latino playwrights can you name? How many of them have you seen produced? Which ones have you read? Who are the influential Latino theater artists today and what are the traditions of Latino theater in this country? In this course, we will study the texts of contemporary Latino playwrights and performers such as Culture Clash, John Leguizamo, Cherrie Moraga, and Jose Rivera. We will also look at the tradition of Latino writers in the theater of the U.S. and their artistic, cultural and political influences. This course will pay particular attention to Chicano and Nuyorican artists. We will look at the historical representations of Latinos both on the stage and in the media. Lastly, we will focus on the specific issues addressed by Latina artists as women of color in the U.S.

SS 109 Gender & Ethnicity: Asian American Women
Wednesday, Friday 9:00 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.
Lili Kim

This is a comparative history of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Filipino, Pacific Islander, South Asian, Southeast Asian immigrant women and their descendants in Hawaii and the continental United States from the mid-19th century to the present. This course takes the approach that learning about the lives and experiences of Asian American women is an important and integral part of understanding modern American history, and we will pay particular attention to major economic, social, and political events in American history, such as the immigration reform laws, the Great Depression, World War II, the Korean war, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Vietnam War, which shaped the demographic changes as well as socio-economic conditions for Asian American women in American society. Course materials represent a variety of disciplines (history, anthropology, ethnography, literature) and sources (oral histories, memoirs, films) that contribute to the field of Asian American women's history.

SS 119 Third World, Second Sex: Does Economic Development Enrich or Impoverish Women's Lives
Monday, Wednesday 10:30 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.
Laurie Nisonoff

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 and access to resources, 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. In the population control debate, we ask whether population policies improve the health and living standards of women and their families or whether the main effect of these policies is to control women, reinforcing their subordinate positions in society. Other topics include the effects of economic change on family forms, the nature of women's work in the so-called "informal sector," and what's happening to women in the current worldwide economic crisis. We will use journal articles, short fiction, videos, and The Women Gender & Development Reader to explore these issues.

SS 150
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Renaissance Workshops
Tuesday, Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.
Jutta Sperling

During the first weeks of this course, we will read select introductory texts on different aspects of the Italian Renaissance; this introductory period might also include a visit to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the viewing of historical films. Afterwards, students will form small groups in which they are asked to decide upon a subject matter they want to study collaboratively in greater detail. Such subject matters might include, for example: women's literature in Renaissance Venice; political philosophy (Machiavelli); erotic art; the lives of slaves and servants; high and low culture; family history. These small groups will be in charge of finding suitable texts and/or primary literature on those issues, of distributing them to the rest of our class, and of leading class discussions on those themes. During the final period of the semester, students will write their final (research) papers on a closely defined topic of their choice, which they will present in the form of a mini-conference at the end of the semester.

SS 174 Creating Families
Tuesday, Thursday 2:00 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.
Marlene Fried
Barbara Yngvesson

This course will investigate the roles of law, culture and technology in creating families. We will focus on systems of reproduction as these reinforce inequalities of class, race and gender. We will examine the issues of entitlement to parenthood, domestic and international adoption, and the uses and consequences of new reproductive technologies, birth control and population control. Questions to be addressed include: How does women's status affect their relation to reproductive alternatives? What is the relationship between state reproductive policies, and practices-legal, contested, and clandestine-that develop around these policies? How are notions of family and parenting enacted and transformed in an arena that is transnational, interracial, intercultural, and cross-class?

SS 203
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Adolescence, Society, and Culture in Contemporary America
Tuesday, Thursday 12:30 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.
Amy Cheng

This course will examine adolescent development in the context of social and cultural forces in contemporary America. Focusing on the realms of identity, gender, sexuality, race, culture, social class, and patterns of "deviance," we will explore adolescence from a variety of approaches. Along with psychological theories of development, we will examine representations of adolescence through autobiographical case studies and popular American culture (i.e., film and media). Through an interdisciplinary approach, we will examine the tensions and complexities of understanding contemporary adolescent experience.

SS 214
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United States Labor History
Tuesday, Thursday 12:30 p.m. - 1:50p.m.
Laurie Nisonoff

This course will explore the history of the American working class from the mid-19th century to the present. We will use traditional historical concepts such as industrialism and trade unions, immigration, and organization; integrate the insights of the "new social and labor history" to focus on unionization, strikes, and development of working-class communities, consciousness and culture; and work to understand a working class divided along race, ethnic, and gender lines. Strategies employed by industrialists and the state to mold and control the working class will be considered, along with responses and strategies employed by the working class to gain political and economic power. This class is an introduction to and essential component of concentrations in labor studies, political economy, American studies, and feminist studies.

SS 219 Women and other Gifts (In Early Modern Europe)
Friday 1:00 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.
Jutta Sperling

In this course, we will read anthropological as well as historical literature on gift exchange; the dowry system; female saints, miracles, and almsgiving; women and marriage; but also (seemingly un-)related themes such as conspicuous consumption, Galileo's discoveries, the Medici as patrons of the arts, and female monastic culture. The emphasis will be on the many ways in which early modern European women figured as objects (and sometimes) agents of exchange and on an investigation of patronage culture in Renaissance Italy. The analytical framework will be provided by Marcel Mauss's essay on The Gift, Claude Levi-Strauss's book on The Elementary Structures of Kinship, as well as more recent anthropological literature on material culture and gift giving.

SS 285
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Globalization and Subjectivity
Tuesday, Thursday 2:00p.m. - 3:20 p.m.
Kimberly Chang

Globalization is fast becoming a new paradigm for how we think about ourselves, our identities and relations to others and to the communities in which we live. But what does globalization mean and to whom? Who are the subjects of globalization? How does the subjective experience of living and working in a globalizing world differ across geographies, nationalities, ethnicities, classes, and genders? What kinds of moral conflicts and choices-over migration, work, family, sexuality, home-does globalization pose for individuals in their everyday lives? And how do people respond to, participate in, or resist these daily demands and contradictions of global life? We will explore these questions through ethnography, film, and the study of local-global connections in our own communities.

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