Spring 1996 Departmental Courses

AFROAM 326 Black Women: Slavery to Present (HSD) John Bracey
Monday 7:00 - 9:30 pm

See department for course description. This course may be counted toward the UMass Women of Color Requirement for Women's Studies majors and minors.

ANTH 297A Gender, Self, and Emotion Susan DiGiacomo
Tuesday, Thursday 1:00 - 2:15 pm

An exploration of the self as a cultural artifact in a range of contrasting societies, with particular attention to masculinity and femininity as aspects of culturally specific definitions of personhood. Topics for consideration include the role of ritual in transforming personal identity; the cultural construction and patterning of emotions and their expression; the impact of class and power relations on identity; violence and masculinty; and the anthropologist's fieldwork experience of the self immersed in a different cultural context. Readings reflect the diversity of ethnographic approaches that have been brought to bear on the relation between individuals and the social worlds they inhabit.

ANTH 597E Natalism and Antinatalism John Cole
Tuesday 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

This class is about the political economy of reproduction. It begins with an examination of the abortion controversy in the United States. It asks about people's attitudes toward abortion and the ideological, social, political and economic issues that swirl around it. These same issues are then explored in other societies, including European, Japanese, Chinese and Third World cases. The inquiry also broadens to examine issues of fertility, population growth, and gender and age relations. All this will be put into the context of development and ecological problems.

ANTH 697A Feminist Anthropology Jacqueline Urla
Monday 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

This course uses theory and ethnographies to provide a survey of contemporary debates in the field of anthropology surrounding the study of gender and sexuality.

COMLIT 691S Female Subject: In Women's Writings Elizabeth Petroff
Tuesday 7:00 - 9:30 pm

Lecture. A course focusing on the relationship(s) between the individual subject, representation, and the "real world," the material/social/economic context. How does the woman writer constitute a female subject? How can we find a critical vocabulary to describe the female subject, to analyze her representation and remain aware of the context in which she appears? Is such an analysis, and even the notion of a subject, appropriate only for first world literature? Our search for theoretical models/syntheses will include Marxist, psychoanalytical, poststructuralist, feminist thought, tested out on specific literary texts.

COMLIT 793A/ Freud and Interpretation Jennifer Stone
WOST 793A Tuesday 2:30 - 5:30 pm

Lecture. The course examines Freud's theories of sexuality and poses the question of whether it is possible for women/men to subscribe to them today. We read the records of patients analyzed by Freud and select from the male and female case histories in order to assess the value of an orthodox psychoanalysis. A study is made of the way these writings develop psychoanalytic theory together with close readings of papers on psychoanalytic technique in order to begin to understand the aetiology of the neuroses and perversions, e.g. fetishism. We then explore how these concepts are employed in literary and cultural theory. With an understanding which arises out of a clinical context, the course provides a critique of misreadings of psychoanalysis in contemporary literary, film, feminist and gay theories. Writers to be studied include Marie Bonaparte, Helene Deutsch, H.D. (Hilda Doolittle), Anna Freud, Jeanne Lampl de Groot, Lou Andreas Salome, Ruth Mack Brunswick, as well as Sigmund Freud, Jacques Derrida, Jacques Lacan, Ernest Jones, Alan Bass, K.R. Weissler, Louise Kaplan, Juliet Mitchell, Julia Kristeva and Adam Phillips.

COMM 794Q Seminar: Feminist Discourse S. Freeman
Monday 12:20 - 3:20 pm

See department for course description.

CS 597B Special Topics: Images of Women Pat Warner
Tuesday, Thursday 2:30 - 3:45 pm

See department for course description.

CS 697A Special Topics - Family Theory Maureen Perry-Jenkins
Tuesday 4:00 - 6:30 pm

The major objective of this course is to enhance student's understanding of family theory and its application to family research. Students will be introduced to major theoretical perspectives on family relationships from sociology, psychology, history, and economics. Issues of gender, race, and class will be examined in the context of these differing perspectives. Emphasis will be placed upon the assumptions underlying each perspective and the methodological implications of various approaches. Students will become skilled in evaluating and offering critique of family research from a number of theoretical perspectives.

ECON 348/ Political Economy of Women Lois Yachetta
WOST 391E Tuesday, Thursday 9:30 - 10:45 am

Empirical assessment of women's work in the market and in the home in the US and other countries. Reconsideration of traditional issues of political economy, comparative economic history, and labor economics. Requirements: two midterm exams and one paper. [This course is also cross-listed as WOST 391E.]

EDUC 213/ Peer Health Education I Sally Damon
PubHl 213 Wednesday 2:00 - 4:30 pm

Training course. Students serve as peer resources with educational, counseling, and referral responsibilities. Consent of instructor required.

EDUC 214/ Peer Health Education II Gloria DiFulvio
PubHl 214 Thursday 1:00 - 3:30 pm

Training course. Students serve as peer resources with educational, counseling, and referral responsibilities. Consent of instructor required. Prerequisite: EDUC/PubHl 213.

EDUC 395L Peer Education/Sexual Harassment TBA
Monday 3:00 - 5:00 pm

See department for course description.

EDUC 697A Women and Higher Education Jana Nidiffer
Tuesday 7:00 - 9:30 pm

Women now comprise a majority of all American undergraduate students, but only a minority of senior professors, senior administrators, or presidents. This course is an introduction to the issues affecting women in the academy as students, teachers, leaders, and scholars. Some of the topics include: barriers to women's full participation in higher education, including sexual harassment and racism; the question of coeducation versus single-sex education; conditions for women undergraduates including the so-called "chilly climate." In addition, the course will explore issues germane to female faculty members, barriers to institutional leadership, and the goals and contributions of women's studies as well as the current attack on feminist scholarship. The class will be run as a seminar and students (acting in small groups) will be required to offer one class session on a topic of interest to the class.

ENGL 132 Man and Woman in Literature (ALD) staff
7 sections: check Schedule of Courses

Literature treating the relationship between man and woman. Topics may include the nature of love, the image of the hero and of the heroine, and definitions, past and present, of the masculine and feminine. Seven sections (including residential program sections), so please check Schedule of Courses. Note: 100-level courses do not count toward the UMass major in Women's Studies.

ENGL 378 American Women Writers Margo Culley
Monday, Wednesday 10:10 am - 12:05 pm

Fiction "rediscovered" by scholars in the last 10 years exploring the social and sexual arrangements of American culture. The perspective brought by women writers to the American Literature canon of traditional literature. Prerequisite: ENGLWP 112 or equivalent.

ENGL 480A Edith Wharton Deborah Carlin
Monday, Wednesday 12:20 - 2:15 pm

Seminar. This course will examine the major fiction of Edith Wharton, with particular attention to feminist theory, autobiography, and the cultural context within which Wharton produced her novels and stories. One 3-5 page and one 10-12 page paper will be required. Texts will include: The Age of Innocence, The House of Mirth, Summer, The Children, Ethan Frome, The Custom of the Country, Old New York, A Mother's Recompense, The Fruit of the Tree, and Wharton's ghost stories.

ENGL 480E Third World Women Writers in English Ketu Katrak
Tuesday 11:15 am - 2:15 pm

We will undertake a cross-cultural study of women writers from Africa, India, the Caribbean, who use the English language, a legacy of British colonialism. We will explore commonalities and differences in British colonial practices such as the impacts of colonial(ist) educational systems on cultural traditions; patriarchy which preceded and continued after colonialism; issues of identity and belonging; representations of female sexuality and socialization; traps of cultural traditions such as dowry and bride-price; and "feminism" appropriate to this field. We will discuss the vexed issue of naming this field "third world" or "postcolonial". Different literary genres - novels, poems, short stories, dramas - will be represented in texts by Tsitsi Dangarembga (Zimbabwe), Bessie Head (Botswana/South Africa), Merle Hodge (Trinidad), Anita Desai (India), Lorna Goodison (Jamaica) among others. We will also discuss useful and disconcerting trends in the recent production and consumption of postcolonial theory, and we will explore the links between theory and practice. This course may be counted toward the UMass Women of Color Requirement for Women's Studies majors and minors.

ENGL 891B Queer Theory Deborah Carlin
Monday 2:30 - 5:30 pm

See department for course description.

ENGL 891H American Women's Autobiography Margo Culley
Tuesday 1:00 - 3:45 pm

See department for course description.

GER 190A/363 Witches: Myth and Historical Reality (ID) Susan Cocalis
Tuesday, Thursday 4:00 - 5:15 pm
honors section: Wed 12:20 - 1:25 pm

The course will examine the image of the witch and the historical situation of women tried as witches in early modern Europe and colonial New England with reference to contemporary pagan practice . Mythological texts, documentation of witch trials, theories about witchcraft, as well as literary and graphic representation of witches and witch trials. In English. No prerequisites. Note: 100-level courses do not count toward the UMass major in Women's Studies.

HIST 389 U.S. Women's History, 20th Century (HSD) Joyce Berkman
Tuesday, Thursday 2:30 - 3:45 pm

Lecture. US women's experience 1890 to the present, exploring female consciousness and relationships, customs, attitudes, and policies, laws concerning women's place, social class, ethnicity, race, religion, regionality, sexual preference. Course journal. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or higher.

HIST 491B Women and Colonialism in Africa Joye Bowman
Tuesday 1:00 - 3:45 pm

Lecture. This seminar will introduce students to women in twentieth century Africa. We will read historical essays, novels, as well as short stories. The major themes we will discuss include: the impact of colonialism, Christianity, western education, urbanization and other forces of "modernization." We will examine how African women have dealt with these forces of change in a number of countries including Nigeria, Senegal, Algeria, Zimbabwe, Kenya and South Africa. This course may be counted toward the UMass Women of Color Requirement for Women's Studies majors and minors.

HIST 593B A History of Contraception & Abortion in the US Joyce Berkman
Wednesday 12:30 - 3:20 pm

Junior or senior HIST, NEAST, and JUDAIC major only. This course satisfies the Junior-Year Writing Requirement. Students in this seminar will examine changes and continuities in social, political, and cultural attitudes, practices, judicial decisions, public policies, and legislation regarding contraception and abortion from the colonial era to the present. In addition to studying the impact of evolving medical/scientific technology on reproductive choices, we will explore the way gender, sexual, social class, religious, racial, ethnic, and regional differences among women and men shape responses to reproductive issues. Every effort will be made to assure fairness in our discussion of the heated moral and political controversies that attend this topic. A series of short papers and one long paper (either a research project or an interpretative essay). Class sessions will be devoted to analysis of readings and writing techniques.

HIST 797B Gender in the US (4 credits) Kathy Peiss
Thursday 1:00 - 3:30 pm

Students in this seminar will research and write an article-length paper that uses gender as a category of analysis in modern (post-1890) US history. Projects may examine an event, an idea, a group, or a life; if possible, they should involve research in archival sources. Students are expected to know their research topics by the first day of class. "Gender in Modern American History" topics course (HIST 697B, Fall 1995) or permission of the instructor is required.

JOURN 395A/ Women in Journalism Karen List
WOST 395A Tuesday, Thursday 11:15 am - 12:30 pm

This course looks at issues surrounding the participation and portrayal of women in American journalism from colonial to contemporary times. It will focus on women journalists and the obstacles they have faced as well as on coverage of women from the 18th century through today, largely in the context of the news/editorial aspect of newspapers, magazines, and broadcasting. [This course is also cross-listed as WOST 395A]

LABOR 201 Issues of Women and Work Leslie Lomasson
Tuesday 6:30 - 9:00 pm

The role of women at a variety of workplaces from historical, economic, sociological, and political points of view. Among areas considered: discrimination, health care, women in the labor movement and in management, and civil rights legislation.

PHIL 381 Philosophy of Women (SBD) TBA
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12:20 pm

See department for course description.

POLSCI 375/ Feminist Theory and Politics Pat Mills
WOST 395 Lecture: Monday, Wednesday 12:20 pm
Section: Friday 10:10, 11:15, 12:20, or 1:25
honors section: Thursday 11:15 am

Lecture, discussion. A theoretical consideration of different feminisms including liberal-feminism, socialist-feminism, anarcha-feminism, radical feminism, and eco-feminism. Also examines: the relation between feminist theory and practice; the historical development of feminism; feminist issues within the canon of political theory; the problem of identity and difference(s) as related to race, class, and gender. [This course is also cross-listed as WOST 395.]

POLSCI 791A Contemporary Feminist Issues Pat Mills
Monday 2:30 - 5:00 pm

See department for course description.

POLSCI 791C Seminar: Gendered Political Economy Barbara Cruikshank
Wednesday 6:30 - 9:00 pm

See department for course description.

PubHl 213/ Peer Health Education I Sally Damon
Educ 213 Wednesday 2:00 - 4:30 pm

See Educ 213 for course description.

PubHl 214/ Peer Health Education II Gloria DiFulvio
Educ 214 Thursday 1:00 - 3:30 pm

See Educ 214 for course description.

SOCIOL 222 The Family (SBD) Naomi Gerstel
lecture: Monday, Wednesday 11:15 am
section: check Schedule of Courses for times

In the first part of the course we examine historical transformations in family life: choice of and relationships between husbands and wives, position and treatment of children, importance of kinship ties. In the second part of the course, lectures, readings and discussions focus on the contemporary family as its members move through the life course: from the choice of a mate, to relations in marriage and finally, to the breakup of the family unit. Examines the distinctive experiences by gender and generation; social class, and race.

SOCIOL 325 Political Sociology: Sexuality, Gender, and the New Right Janice Irvine
Wednesday 10:00 am - 12:40 pm

This course examines social conflict over "family values" with a particular emphasis on sexuality and gender. We will explore the emergence of a politicized Christian fundamentalist movement and examine its coalitions with conservative Catholics, Muslims, and Jews. We will see how this broader religious right movement has launched culture wars over such issues as abortion, sex education, teen pregnancy, and lesbian/gay issues.

SOCIOL 387 Sexuality and Society Janice Irvine
lecture: Monday, Wednesday 9:05 am
section: check Schedule of Courses for Friday sections

This course examines how both individuals and social groups organize sexuality and in particular emphasizes the role of cultural diversity. We examine topics such as: adolescent sexuality; heterosexuality, homosexuality, and bisexuality; and social theories about how we become sexual.

SOCIOL 582 Society of Sexuality Janice Irvine
Monday 2:30 - 5:00 pm

See department for course description.

SOCIOL 722 The Family Naomi Gerstel
by arrangement

See department for course description.

STPEC 394A Women and Economic Development in the Third World Kanthie Athukorala
Tuesday, Thursday 4:00 - 5:15 pm

This course will assess the impact of economic development on women's lives in Africa, Asia and Latin America in the '80s. The course will look at (a) theoretical issues surrounding economic development and women's relationship to that process, (b) narrative autobiographical accounts of women about how they have experienced this process, and (c) alternatives to traditional approaches for empowering women and influencing development policy. This course is open to all students. This course may be counted toward the UMass Women of Color Requirement for Women's Studies majors and minors.