Mount Holyoke College Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies courses, Fall 2012

Critical Social Thought 118 Shattuck Hall 538-3466

CST 253 – Critical Race Theory
Lynn Pasquerella, L. Wilson
Monday, Wednesday  1:15-2:30 p.m.

This course examines the discursive relationship between race and law in contemporary U.S. society. Readings examine the ways in which racial bodies are constituted in the cultural and political economy of American society. The main objective is to explore the rules and social practices that govern the relationship of race to gender, nationality, sexuality, and class in U.S. courts and other cultural institutions. Thinkers covered include W.E.B. DuBois, Kimberle Crenshaw, Derrick Bell, and Richard Delgado, among others.


Economics 115 Skinner 538-2432

ECON 306 - Political Economy of Race and Class
L. Wilson
Thursday  1:15-4:05 p.m.

Colloquium on the political economy of race and gender-based inequality in the U.S..  Uses the collaborative research model to conduct primary research. Course begins by theorizing overdeterminations of race, gender, and class. Then, working in groups students cultivate comprehensive social research skills, moving from topic identification to capstone paper. Previous topics include affirmative action and group-based preferences in public policy, equity/efficiency and family policy, costs/benefits of privatization of public goods, "model minorities" and cultures of poverty, human capabilities and governing through crime, work and wage inequality, and ecological hazard.


English 111 Shattuck Hall 538-2146

ENGL 243/FLMST 220 – American Gothic
L. Young
Tuesday, Thursday  11:30-12:45 p.m.

An examination of the gothic--a world of fear, haunting, claustrophobia, paranoia, and monstrosity--in American literature and culture, with an emphasis upon issues of race and gender. Topics include the gothic; gothic sexuality; Southern, Northern, and national gothic; freakishness and grotesquerie; and visual gothic. Focus on fiction, with some film and photography. Authors, filmmakers, and artists may include Alcott, Arbus, Browning, Crane, Dunbar, Dunn, Elmer, Faulkner, Gilman, Hitchcock, Kubrick, McCullers, Morrison, O'Connor, Oates, Parks, Poe, Romero, Turner, and Wood.

ENGL 327 – Jane Austen
J. Pyke
Monday 7:00-9:50 p.m.

See department for description.


Film Studies 201 Art Building 538-2200

FLMST 220/EURST 231 - Transforming Visions: Homage to German Women Filmmakers
G. Wittig-Davis
Tuesday, Thursday  11:30-12:45

Focus on the discussion and analysis of films by German women directors from Lotte Reiniger, pioneer of animation films, and Leni Riefenstahl, controversial director and mythmaker of the Third Reich, to such trailblazing women directors of the New German Cinema as Margarethe von Trotta, Jutta Brückner, and Helma Sanders-Brahms. Moreover, we will attempt to determine whether more recent women directors like Doris Dörrie or Caroline Link, including those of migration background like Yasemin Samdereli, developed special (trans)gendered and transnational gazes that led them to focus so frequently on variations of (tragi)comedy in film.


Gender Studies 109 Shattuck 538-2257

GNDST 204/SPAN 230 - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Women in the Spanish Empire
N. Romero-Diaz
Wednesday  11:00-12:15 p.m.

During the Spanish Empire (16th-18th centuries), witches, prostitutes, transvestite warriors, and daring noblewomen and nuns violated the social order by failing to uphold the expected qualities of the ideal good woman and/or the expected sexual morality of the time. They were criticized, punished, and even burned at the stake. Students will study contradictory discourses of good and evil and beauty and ugliness in relation to women and their place in history. We will analyze historical and literary examples of so-called "bad" women in the Spanish Empire, such as Celestina, María de Padilla, Catalina de Erauso and Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz.

GNDST 204/SPAN 240 – Double Takes: Women's Artistic Production in Contemporary Latin America
T. Daly
Monday, Wednesday  1:15 – 2:30 p.m.

As women perform gender, so too do they perform culture. In this course we will explore the links between gender and modern Latin American culture through a study of nineteenth through twenty-first century feminist critical theories and self-representations. We will look at the construction of the female subject and her double, or "other," through travel writing, political writing, revolutionary testimonies, plays, and letters alongside the plastic arts. In addition to primary texts and media, we will read gender and queer theory to disentangle the complexity of women's representations as they intersect with race, class, ethnicity, and sexuality. Students will produce creative projects as well as essays as part of the course.

GNDST 206/HIST 276 – US Women’s History 1890
Mary Renda
Tuesday, Thursday  8:35-9:50 a.m.

This course introduces students to the major themes of U.S. women's history from the 1880s to the present. We will look both at the experiences of a diverse group of women in the U.S. as well as the ideological meaning of gender as it evolved and changed over the twentieth century. We will chart the various meanings of womanhood (for example, motherhood, work, the domestic sphere, and sexuality) along racial, ethnic, and class lines and in different regions, and will trace the impact multiple identities have had on women's social and cultural activism.

GNDST 212/PSYCH 211 – Psychology of Women
F. Deutsch
Monday, Wednesday   8:35-9:50 a.m.

A multicultural feminist analysis of women's lives around the world. Emphasizing the diversity of women's experience across ethnicity, social class, and sexuality, this course examines existing psychological theory and research on women. In the fall, the course will have a strong international emphasis.

GNDST 212-02/PSYCH 222 – Abnormal Psychology: Perspectives on Disorders
A. Douglas
Tuesday, Thursday  11:30-12:45 p.m.

This course will provide an overview of psychological disorders and research on the etiology and treatment of these disorders. The course will consider and evaluate the concept of "abnormality" with particular emphasis on intersections of mental health and disorders with culture, race, class, and gender.

GNDST 221A-01/POLITICS 233 – Invitation to Feminist Theory
Lena Zuckerwise
Monday, Wednesday  11:00-12:15 p.m.

This course is designed to introduce students to important political questions in the field of feminist theory. We will begin the course by attending to the distinction between sex and gender and its relevance to feminism yesterday and today, exploring ways that the intersex movement, queer theory, and other gender politics complicate feminist concerns. In addition, we will explore the development of popular feminist ideas, such as women's rights, reproductive freedom, and agency.

GNDST 221B-01/FLMST 290 – Feminist and Queer Theory Through Film
Christian Gundermann
Tuesday, Thursday  10:00-11:15 a.m.

We will be reading a number of key feminist texts that theorize the construction of sexual difference, and challenge the oppression of women. We will then address queer theory, an offshoot and expansion of feminist theory, and study how it is both embedded in, and redefines, the feminist paradigms. This redefinition occurs roughly at the same time (1980s/90s) when race emerges as one of feminism's prominent blind spots. We will study these shifts through the analysis of a few moving pictures, or, to put it differently: all you always wanted to know about feminism, but didn't think to ask filmmakers such as Almodóvar, Hitchcock, Jarman, Pasolini, Varda, and others.

GNDST 250 – Land, Transnational Markets, and Democracy in Women's Lives and Activism
Chia Heller
Tuesday, Thursday  1:15-2:30 p.m.

This course will address the predicaments of women who must negotiate local contexts shaped by transnational markets, changing patterns of agriculture and agro-forestry, and struggles over indigenous land rights. How have arguments about democracy shaped the struggles women take up locally, nationally, and transnationally in opposition to corporate power, national policies, and supranational agencies such as the World Trade Organization?

GNDST 333A-01/ENGL 359 – Emily Dickinson in her Times
M. Ackmann
Tuesday, Thursday  1:15-4:05 p.m.

This course will examine the writing of Emily Dickinson, both her poetry and her letters. We will consider the cultural, historical, political, religious, and familial environment in which she lived. Special attention will be paid to Dickinson's place as a woman artist in the nineteenth century. The class will meet at the Dickinson Museum (280 Main Street in Amherst and accessible by Five College bus). Enrollment is limited to ten students.

GNDST 333B-02/ANTHR 306 – Anthropology of Reproduction
L. Morgan
Thursday  1:15-4:05 p.m.

This course covers major issues in the anthropology of reproduction, including the relationship between production and reproduction, the gendered division of labor, the state and reproductive policy, embodied metaphors of procreation and parenthood, fertility control and abortion, cross-cultural reproductive ethics, and the social implications of new reproductive technologies. We examine the social construction of reproduction in a variety of cultural contexts.

GNDST 333C-03/PSYC 329 – Psychology of Trauma
A. Douglas
Thursday  1:15-4:05 p.m.

What happens after a traumatic event? Why do some people develop psychological disorders and others do not? This course will explore the psychological theories and research on trauma and stress. Topics covered will include childhood abuse, domestic violence, combat violence, community violence, and interpersonal violence. The seminar will explore psychological dysfunction, disorders, as well as adaptation and coping following exposure to traumatic stress. In addition, the course will explore the concept of "cultural trauma."

GNDST 333D-01/SPAN 330 – Afro-descendant Social Movements: Identity, Discourse, and Culture
D. Mosby
Monday, Wednesday  1:15-2:30 p.m.

(In Spanish)As democracy expanded in Latin America in the 1990s and 2000s, so did neoliberal policies that disproportionately affected Afro-descendant populations, particularly the lives of Afro-descendant women. This course will examine Afro-descendant social movements, the discourse of human rights, land tenure, cultural citizenship and identity politics through a variety of interdisciplinary texts. Particular emphasis will be placed on Afro-descendant women. Readings are required before the first day of class.

GNDST 333E-01/LAS 387 – Latina Feminisms
M. Diaz-Sanchez
Monday, Wednesday  1:15-2:30 p.m.

This seminar offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of feminist ideologies among Latinas throughout the United States. Employing a range of sources from archival texts to artistic images and ethnographies, we will study the histories and representations of Latina feminist theories across academic and aesthetic approaches. Focusing on the multiplicity of lived experiences among Puertorriqueñas, Chicanas, Mexicanas, Centroamericanas, Dominicanas, Suramericanas and many other communities in the United States, we will interrogate how gender and sexuality have informed the development of Latina feminist movements and political histories.

GNDST 333F-01/REL 323 – Feminist Theologies
J. Crosthwaite
Tuesday, Thursday  1:15-2:30 p.m.

Mary Daly, Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza, Phyllis Trible, and Judith Plaskow, among others, have argued that traditional Jewish and Christian theological systems have overlooked the needs, concerns, histories, and contributions of women. Their challenges range from the historical modification of a presumably unbiased religious system to the outright rejection of a so-called patriarchal establishment. Whatever their approach, feminist theologies offer diverse and incisive tools for understanding how a theological system operates, how transitory cultural assumptions become embedded in ongoing doctrines, and how apparently minor adjustments can have significant ripple effects.

GNDST 333G-01/HIST 301 – Race, Gender, and Empire: Cultural Histories of the United States and the World
M. Renda
Tuesday, Thursday  1:15-4:05 p.m.

Recent cultural histories of imperialism--European as well as U.S.--have illuminated the workings of race and gender at the heart of imperial encounters. This course will examine the United States' relationship to imperialism through the lens of such cultural histories. How has the encounter between Europe and America been remembered in the United States? How has the cultural construction of "America" and its "others" called into play racial and gender identities? How have the legacies of slavery been entwined with U.S. imperial ambitions at different times? And what can we learn from transnational approaches to "the intimacies of empire?"

GNDST 333H-01 – Love, Gender-Crossing, and Women's Supremacy: A Reading of The Story of the Stone
Y. Wang
Wednesday  1:15-4:05 p.m.

A seminar on the eighteenth-century Chinese masterpiece The Story of the Stone and selected literary criticism in response to this work. Discussions will focus on love, gender-crossing, and women's supremacy and the paradoxical treatments of these themes in the novel. We will explore multiple aspects of these themes, including the sociopolitical, philosophical, and literary milieus of eighteenth-century China. We will also examine this novel in its relation to Chinese literary tradition in general and the generic conventions of premodern Chinese vernacular fiction in particular.

History 309 Skinner Hall 538-2377

HIST 278 – Immigrant Nation
S. Reddy
Tuesday, Thursday  2:40-3:55 p.m.

This course examines both race and racism as elements in the historical process of "racialization," and proceeds by positing racialization as key to understanding the political, economic, social and cultural dynamics of the United States. We will outline the basic patterns of migration to the United States from the late nineteenth century to today. Specific topics may include (but are not limited to) imperialism; diaspora; immigrant rights; immigrant labor; "illegal" immigration; nativism; social movements; and the relationships between gender, sexuality, race, class and nation.

HIST 281 – African American History, Pre-colonial to Emancipation
L. Morgan
Monday, Wednesday  2:40-3:55 p.m.

This course will examine the cultural, social, political, and economic history of African Americans through the Civil War. Topics covered include the African background to the African American experience, the Atlantic slave trade, introduction and development of slavery, master-slave relationships, the establishment of black communities, slave revolts, the political economy of slavery, women in slavery, the experiences of free blacks, the crisis of the nineteenth century, and the effect of the Civil War.

HIST 375 – Age of Emancipation
L. Morgan
Tuesday 1:15-4:05 p.m.

This seminar examines the causes and the course of the Civil War, its social, economic, and political results during Reconstruction, and the early roots of both de jure segregation and the civil rights movement. It will examine the process of emancipation from the perspective of social history. Violent conflicts over free labor, the establishment of sharecropping, and the political and economic policies pursued by various groups - freedpeople, ex-masters, northern policymakers, wage laborers, and African American women, for example - will be covered. African American viewpoints and histories will receive particular emphasis.


Certificate in Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies

LATAM 287 – Introduction to Latina/o Studies
M. Diaz-Sanchez
Monday, Wednesday  11:00-12:15 p.m.

This course offers an introduction to the study of Latina/o communities in the United States. We will explore major concepts and debates in this growing field through the study of texts across disciplines including history, sociology, performance theory, personal narrative and ethnography. This interdisciplinary approach will provide us with rich frameworks to interrogate how Latinas/os negotiate complex identities across communities and specific geographic and political contexts.


Music 208 Pratt 538-2306

MUSIC 110 – Women Composers of New England
G. Steigerwalt
Tuesday, Thursday  2:40-3:55 p.m.

This course will explore women composers of the Second New England School, a loosely associated group of male and female musicians flourishing in the Boston area in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The careers of Helen Hopekirk, whose compositions reflected song literature of her native Scotland, and Amy Beach, who wrote prolifically in genres ranging from art song to symphony, will be featured. Through primary sources such as personal correspondence, reviews, interviews, diaries and autograph scores, we will investigate the ambitions, achievements and frustrations of these and other women composers, all within the social and political contexts in which they lived and produced.


Sociology 102 Porter House 538-2283

SOC 327 – Social Inequality
K. Tucker
Wednesday  1:15-4:05 p.m.

This course is a critical survey of theoretical and empirical research on social inequality, stratification, and mobility. The central focus is class, race, and gender inequalities as they have changed during the post-World War II period in the United States (although we will look briefly at stratification regimes in other cultures and time periods). The concepts and methods of social stratification have wide application in sociology, economics, public policy, and administration contexts. As the course progresses, we will explore some of these applications as we wrestle with several policy issues currently confronting U.S. society.