SMITH COLLEGE WOMEN'S STUDIES COURSES - Fall 2003

Women's Studies
Afro-American Studies
American Studies
Anthropology
Classic Languages and Literature
East Asian Languages and Literature
English Languages and Literature
Exercise and Sport Studies
French Language & Literature
History
Psychology
Religion and Biblical Literature
Sociology
24 Hatfield
130 Wright Hall
15 Wright Hall
102 Wright Hall
131 Wright Hall
101 Wright Hall
Scott/Ainsworth Gym
206 Pierce
13 Wright Hall
Bass Hall
Dewey II
12 Wright Hall
585-3390
585-3572
585-3500
585-3491
585-3350
585-3302
585-3570
585-3360
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WST 210
Issues in Transnational Feminism: Reading Women's Resistance in Muslim Societies
Tuesday, Thursday 10:30-11:50 a.m.
Amina Jamal

This course seeks to understand the ambivalent positioning of Muslim women as subjects in the state, civil society and the family. Drawing on key features of the histories of colonialism and imperialism it will investigate notions of Muslim women's identities and politics in a variety of locations. Students will be encouraged to "think transnationally" by using a postcolonial theoretical perspective that disrupts conventional ideas about 'Islam versus the West,' 'tradition versus modernity' or 'us and them'.

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.

WST 252 Colloquium: Debates in Feminist Theory: Topic for Fall 2003: "The Subject"
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:00-10:50 a.m.
Elisabeth Armstrong

This course provides a focused, historical understanding of vital debates in feminist theory. Contentious and challenging points of view will center on one analytic theme, although that theme will change from year to year. This course will cover topics such as "the subject" (Fall 2003), representation, the body, nation/identity, and translation. Readings, lectures and discussions will ground widely differing perspectives, modes of analysis and arguments in their political, social and historical context.

WST 300 Special Topics in Women's Studies: The Politics of Sexual Representation
Thursday 3:00-4:50 p.m.
Lisa Henderson

This course wrestles with one of the central concerns in the cultural analysis of sex: the question of representation--the modes of symbolically constructing sexual images, standards, identifications and communities in a variety of forms for a range of audiences. Like other inquiries in media and culture, the course addresses contexts of production and consumption, comparative questions of genre, political questions about norms, and the valences and viability of anti-normative challenges. Students are also invited to consider how sexual politics animate other domains of social and cultural life, such as protective labor legislation which distinguishes between male and female workers, legal discourse on the constitution of the family, and the place of sexuality in constructions of citizenship and nationhood. The course draws broadly from the related literatures of media and cultural studies, feminism, and queer and transgender studies; framing research and analysis at the intersections of gender, race, class, sexual identification and power.

WST 303 Afro-Caribbean Women Writers
Tuesday 3:00-4:50 p.m.
Myriam Chancy

This course is designed to introduce students to the forms and techniques of contemporary Afro-Caribbean women's literature from the Anglophone, Francophone, and Spanish Caribbean. Our purpose will be to explore the historical and contemporary contexts that have produced innovative texts by women writers of the Caribbean who seek not only to record their cultural existence but challenge both the stereotypes and limitations placed upon them from both within and without the Caribbean. We will thus seriously consider the effects of enslavement, imperialism/colonialism, neo-colonialism in addition to issues of multiple oppression such as race, color, class, gender, sexuality, and exile, upon the literary production of contemporary writers. We will also seek to consider the forms in which Caribbean women have found voice as they actively demand readers' reconsideration of literary genres. Thus, the course will also incorporate documentary and film in an effort to arrive at as complete an overview of the field as is possible.

WST 315 Sexual Histories, Lesbian Stories
Tuesday, Thursday 1:00-2:50 p.m.
Marilyn Schuster

In this seminar we will focus on three moments in twentieth-century gay and lesbian history: the publication and trial of Radclyffe Hall's The Well of Loneliness in 1928, the post World War II homophile movement in the U.S. in the 1950s (particularly the Daughters of Bilitis and The Ladder), and the intersections between the women's movement and the gay and lesbian movement from Stonewall (1969) through the 1970s in North America. We will study medical, scientific, legal, political and historical narratives as well as fiction produced by lesbian and bisexual women at these three moments. What contradictions and continuities mark the expression and social control of female sexualities that were considered transgressive at different moments and in different cultural contexts? Whose stories get told? How are they read? How can the multiple narratives of control, resistance and cultural expression be useful to us in the twenty-first century? Writers such as Radclyffe Hall, Virginia Woolf, Colette, Natalie Clifford Barney, Nella Larsen, Ann Bannon, Lorraine Hansberry, Jane Rule, Isabel Miller, Ann Shockley, Audre Lorde, Marga Gomez, Rita Mae Brown, Alexis DeVeaux, Cherríe Moraga, Gloria Anzaldúa and Monique Wittig will be considered.

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

Common reading 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.

AAS 212 Culture and Class in the Afro-American Family
Tuesday, Thursday 9:00-10:20 a.m.
Ann Ferguson

An examination of the social, economic, and historical factors that have shaped African American family patterns over time and the ways in which black families, individually and collectively, respond to these changes. We will draw on portraits of individual families to document and illustrate the diversity of Black families, their internal strengths as well as their vulnerabilities.

AAS 300 Writing Race, Writing Gender
Thursday 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Paula Giddings

This is a research and writing course for Juniors wherein topics in Black women's history will be emphasized. The course will begin with an overview of Black women's history in the United States from Slavery to the 1960s and Epilogue. The second half of the semester will be devoted to the development of a research topic and final paper. The objectives of the course include a general understanding of the history of Black women - with its intersectional paradigms; a deeper knowledge of a specific topic or aspect of that history; and a research paper that will give students a grounding for future papers in their senior and graduate years. Texts will include: When and Where I Enter: The Impact of Black Women in Race and Sex in America by Giddings; A Shining Thread of Hope by Hine and Daughters of Sorrow by Sheftall.

AAS 348 Black Women Writers
Tuesday 3:00-4:50 p.m.
Tracy Vaughn

How does gender matter in a black context? That is the question we will ask and attempt to answer through an examination of works by such authors as Phillis Wheatley, Pauline Hopkins, Nella Larsen, Zora Hurston, Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, Gayl Jones and Audre Lorde.

AAS 366 Contemporary Topics in Afro-American Studies Womanist/Feminist Thought
Thursday 3:00-4:50 p.m.
Paula Giddings

Because women of African descent stand squarely at the intersection of race, class, gender and sexuality, courses which focus on them also speak to wider understandings of how race-black and non-black; gender-women and men; sexuality-gay/queer and heterosexual, shape academic discourse and our everyday lives. This interdisciplinary course will provide a historical overview of womanist/feminist thought-with the experience of African-American women at its center. The course will be organized around three major frameworks that have at once shaped womanist/feminist thought, and suppressed it: the perception of black women's sexuality in Western thought; the privileging of race over gender in the activist discourse; and the role of gender in nationalist movements.

ANT 244 Gender, Science and Culture
Tuesday, Thursday 1:00-2:50 p.m.
Frédérique Apffel-Marglin

Science will be looked at both historically as well as ethnographically. The scientific revolution in 16th and 17th century Western Europe was an exclusively male enterprise which deliberately excluded women. This course will focus on the origins, meaning and manifestations of this exclusion and try to understand how it has shaped the nature of scientific inquiry. 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. Limited enrollment. Not open to first-years.

CLT 229 The Renaissance Gender Debate
Monday, Wednesday 9:00-10:20 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.

EAL 244 Construction of Gender in Modern Japanese Women's Writing
Monday, Wednesday 1:10-2:30 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 11:00am-12:10 p.m.
TBA

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.

ENG 278 Asian-American Women Writers
Tuesday, Thursday 10:30-11:50 a.m.
Floyd Cheung

The body of literature written by Asian American women over the past one hundred years has been recognized as forming a coherent tradition. What conditions enabled its emergence? How have the qualities and concerns of this tradition been defined? What makes a text central or marginal to the tradition? Writers to be studied include Amy Tan, Sui Sin Far, Joy Kogawa, Chitra Divakaruni, Marilyn Chin, Maxine Hong Kingston, and Jessica Hagedorn

ENG 292 Reading and Writing Autobiography
Tuesday 1:00-2:50 p.m.
Ann Boutelle

In this workshop, we will explore, through reading and through writing, the presentation of self in autobiography. A major focus will be on the interweaving of voice, structure, style, and content. As we read the work of ourselves and of others, we will be searching for strategies, devices, rhythms, patterns, and approaches that we might adapt in future writings. The reading list will consist of writings by twentieth-century women. Admission by permission of the instructor. During pre-registration period, a writing sample should be delivered to the English Department office in Wright Hall.

ENG 365 Seminar: The Brontës
Thursday 1:00-2:50 p.m.
Cornelia Pearsall

A study of the lives and works of the remarkable Brontë sisters and their shadowy brother, exploring the literary, cultural and familial circumstances which aided and impeded the development of their art. Novels, poetry and paintings by Charlotte Brontë, Emily Brontë, Anne Brontë and Branwell Brontë.

ESS 550 Women in Sport
Monday, Wednesday 9:00-10:20 a.m.
Christine Shelton

A course documenting the role of women in sport as parallel and complementary to women's place in society. Contemporary trends will be linked to historical and sociological antecedents. Focus is on historical, contemporary, and future perspectives and issues in women's sport.

FLS 241 Woman and American Cinema: Representation, Spectatorship, Authorship
Monday, Wednesday 2:40-4:00 p.m., Tuesday 7:00-10:00 p.m.
Alexandra Keller

This course provides a broad survey of women in American cinema - women on screen, as spectators, and as filmmakers - from the silent period to the present. It examines how women are represented in films, and how those images relate to actual contemporaneous American society and culture. The course also explores issues of female spectatorship and female authorship as they relate to genre, the star and studio systems, dominant codes of narration, and conceptions of the female gaze.

FRN 340 Women Writers and Images of Women in 17th and 18th Centuries French Literature
Monday, Wednesday 1:10-2:30 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.

HST 252 Women in Modern Europe 1789-1918
Tuesday, Thursday 1:00-2:50 p.m.
Darcy Buerkle

A survey of European women's experiences from the French Revolution through World War I. Women's changing social, economic, cultural and political roles as revealed in biographies, novels, films, treatises, and memoirs.

HST 278 History of Women in the U.S., 1865-present
Tuesday, Thursday 9:00-10:20 a.m.
Jennifer Guglielmo

An 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 depression, and feminism's second wave. Emphasis on social and cultural aspects.

PSY 266 Psychology of Women and Gender
Monday, Wednesday 9:00-10:20 a.m.
Lauren Duncan

An exploration of the psychological effects of gender on females and males. We will examine the development of gender roles and stereotypes, and the impact of differences in power within the family, workplace, and politics on women's lives and mental health. This course will emphasize how psychologists have conceptualized and studied women and gender, paying attention to empirical examinations of current controversies (e.g., biological versus cultural bases of gender differences).

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

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 340b Gender and the Life Course
Thursday 3:00-4:50 p.m.
Maureen Mahoney

A seminar on the development of gender identity. Special attention will be given to critical reading of psychological theory and research on gender identification. Topics will include a comparative analysis of psychoanalytic, social-learning and cognitive-developmental theories. Recent work in feminist theory and the psychology of gender will be used as a counterpoint to classical formulations.

PSY 366 Topics in the Psychology of Women Issues in Adolescent Gender Role Development
Wednesday 1:10-4:00 p.m.
Lauren Duncan

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. Not open to first-years, sophomores. There are additional commitments through the Spring semester required in the course - please contact the instructor for further details.

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 315b The Body and Society
Tuesday 3:00-4:50 p.m.
Elizabeth Wheatley

In this seminar we will draw on sociological and interdisciplinary perspectives to consider features of the social construction, regulation, control, and experience of the body. Through diverse theoretical frameworks, we will view the body both as a product of discourses (such as medical knowledge and practice, media representations, and institutional regimens), and as an agent of social activities and interactions in daily life. We will consider the salience of bodies in constituting identities, relationships, and differences; as bases for inequalities and forms of oppression; and as sites of resistance and struggles for change.

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