HAMPSHIRE COLLEGE COURSES SPRING 1996

HA 204 The Female Playmakers: Women Playwrights in Eighteenth Century London
Ellen Donkin
Tuesday, Thursday 12:30 - 1:50 pm

This course will use the plays and correspondence of a small group of women playwrights in the late 18th Century as its primary source of evidence for both theatrical practice and expectations around gender. Students in the class will participate in informal staged readings of both plays and letters as a way to extrapolate the technologies of staging and the social contract between actors and audience. Readings will include the commentary of 18th Century critics and selected 20th Century critical theorists. As part of the final project, students will collaborate on the writing and performance of a one-act play based on their own creative efforts, their research, and surviving fragments from the period.

HA 221 History of Women/Feminism in the US
Susan Tracy
Tuesday, Thursday 10:30-11:50 am

This course will examine United States women's history from the era of the American Revolution until World War I. We will consider the impact on women of liberal, democratic and republican ideas and movements; the formation of industrial economy; and divisions of ethnicity, race and class in the first US women's movements. Developing sound research and writing skills will be emphasized and students will have an opportunity to complete a research paper based on primary source materials.

HA 232 Latino/a Border Narratives
Norman Holland
Tuesday, Thursday 9:00 - 10:20 am
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While the course posits borders to be geographical as well as metaphorical spaces, we will explore configurations by Latino/a writers. Despite geographical differences that over determine the narratives' specificity, these writers weave together such strands as the law, gender, race and sexuality to interrogate and rethink American culture. Among writers to be discussed are Gloria Anzaldua, Rolando Hinojosa, Arturo Islas, Ana Castilla, Julia Alvarez, and Giannina Braschi.

HA 244 From Post-Reconstruction to Pre-Renaissance: Black American Literature from 1875-1915
Robert Coles
Tuesday, Thursday 10:30 - 11:50 am
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In most critical studies and courses, African American literature is heavily weighted toward key movements and periods - e.g., the slave narrative period, the Harlem Renaissance, the 1960s, the feminist movement (1980s-90s), etc. This course will make an attempt to study black literature during a period that is little known. Accordingly, we will first study the historical background. What was the Gilded Age? What was the Progressive Era? How did black American writers interact in these years? Second, we will examine black writers and their works of this period. Readings will include Mary Terrell, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Ida B. Wells, W.E.B. DuBois, Francis W. Harper, James W. Johnson, Angelina Grimke, Charles Chesnut, Anna J. Cooper, et. al. We will also read some of the so-called white, plantation school of writers, such as Thomas Dixon and Joel Chandler Harris.

HA 319 Critical Theory Seminar: Body and Soul in Postmodernist Discourse
Mary Russo
Wednesday 6:00 - 9:00 pm
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This advanced seminar is intended for students of contemporary culture with an interest in postmodernist theory .Beginning with a general discussion of postmodernism drawn from several key essays on postmodernism, we will explore: 1) the reemergence of the Kantian sublime in what Jean-Francois Lyotard has called the aesthetic in which "modern art (including literature) finds its impetus", and 2) the reorganization (or "rezoning") of the body in the discourses of cybernetics and the new biotechnologies. Each of these areas is the focus of crucial cultural and political debates around such issues as cultural production, epistemology, reproductive technologies, "gender skepticism," and representation. Some of the figures to be discussed include Lyotard, Jameson, Haroway, Rorty, Fraser, Huyssen, Kroker, and Butler. A study of two films by Cronenberg will conclude the seminar. Students are expected to have a background in philosophy, critical theory, or art history.

HA 355i/ SS 355i Race and Class in US History and Society
Laurie Nisonoff/Susan Tracy
Wednesday 2:30 - 5:20 pm

This course will examine the social structures and ideologies of gender, race, and class. For instance, when we consider the situation of battered women, we see that all women confront gendered social structures and prejudice. Yet, the experiences of those women and their options vary depending on their race and class. Through the use of examples as the one above, drawn from both history and public policy, we will work to hone our critical skills in analyzing gender, race, and class in American society. This course is designed for advanced Div. II and Div. III students. Students will have the opportunity to present their own work for class discussion.

NS 388i Creative Sexual Health Seminar
Laura Ramos
Wednesday, Friday 12:30 - 2:30 pm
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Have you ever wondered how condoms are manufactured? Considered AIDS education boring? Thought that prophylactic instructions were impossible to read? Found safer sex to be too expensive? This course will cover sexual health with an emphasis on studying the physiology, biology, and public health consequences of sexual activity and developing creative, applied solutions to these problems. Advanced students from all disciplines (art, video, photography, education, social sciences, chemistry, anthropology, engineering, and computer science) are sought who can use their imagination and skills to invent or rethink methods of prevention and health education. Development of AIDS computer games, health education videos, are all possibilities. Previous study of sexual health, AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, and/or family planning is recommended. This course is continued from Fall 95, but new students are welcome. Instructor permission is required for enrollment.

SS 102 Poverty and Wealth
Laurie Nisonoff
Tuesday, Thursday 9:00 - 10:20 am
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Who gets the money in America and who doesn't? Why is there poverty in the richest country in history? Although often sanctified by economic theorists in oblique formulas, the state of poverty and character of wealth go to the heart of what it is to live in America. This course encourages inquiry into a hard accounting of this contemporary social and economic reality. Thematic units include federal income measurement, facts and fictions; the business elite; taxation; family and sexual inequality; race,; health care and aging; education; and the history of social welfare programs and charity. To understand how income inequality is perceived and measured, we will also examine three paradigms in economic inquiry; radical, liberal, and conservative.

SS 204 Welfare Policy in American History
Aaron Berman Robert Rakoff
Tuesday, Thursday 10:30 - 12:00
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This course will include an analysis of the relation of women to the welfare state throughout American history.

SS 240 Reproductive Rights: Domestic and International Perspectives
Marlene Fried Betsy Hartmann
Tuesday, Thursday 10:30 - 11:50 am

This course will provide students with a critical framework with which to analyze contemporary reproductive rights issues. Topics include the struggle for abortion rights; the ideology and practice of population control, from welfare "reform" and immigration control in the US to case studies of family planning programs in the Third World; the population and environment lobby; reproductive technologies; and the impact of the international women's health movement in developing alternatives to conventional population studies.

SS 246 Adolescent Motherhood: Myths & Realities
Stephanie Schamess
Monday, Wednesday 10:30 - 11:50 am

Teen pregnancy and parenthood has been regarded as a public concern for many years. Why is teen parenthood a problem, and who is defining it as such? In this course, we will examine how different groups, ranging from the religious right to feminists to traditional and "revisionist" researchers, have characterized teen parenthood as representing everything from a "lack of morality" to a "rational cultural adaptation to poverty." Related topics of adolescent sexuality, contraceptive use, attitudes toward motherhood, and the correlation of poor socioeconomic conditions with teen motherhood will also be explored. Note: This is a CORE course of the Community Service Scholars Project. Representatives from community agencies working with teen parents will be invited to speak, and course assignments will include surveys of services for pregnant or parenting adolescents. Community service work in conjunction with the course may be possible. Enrollment limited to 25.

SS 250 African-American History and Memory: 18th and 19th Centuries
E. Frances White
Monday, Wednesday 4:00 - 5:20 pm
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This course explores African American history of the 18th and 19th centuries. The course combines a survey of this history with an exploration of the ways this history lives in the political and social memories of the African Americans at different historical periods. Thus we will study slavery to learn the current historiographic views of the era, and to explore the use of African American memories of slavery in political discourses. Enrollment is open.

SS 252 [tentative] Queer Theory and Politics
Margaret Cerullo
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In this course we will do an intensive rather than an extensive reading of recent works in queer theory, focusing on several issues: how queer theory has theorized race; queer disruptions of gender; queers and the "nation"/queer nationality; the stakes in gay history as a progress narrative; the history of the closet; the economics of queer identities, sexualities, and cultures; normalization - how it occurs, is subverted; "queer" readings of dominant texts; the (identity) politics of representation and self representation. We will read from among the following authors: Foucault, Judith Butler, George Chauncey, Teresa de Lauretis, Robert Reid-Pharr, Oscar Montero, Eve Sedgwick, Lauren Berlant, Evelynn Hammonds, Elizabeth Kennedy, and Madeleine Davis.

SS 275 Personality, Moral Development and Social Change
Maureen Mahoney/Margaret Cerullo
Wednesday, Friday 10:30 - 11:50 am
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This course examines social theory and personality theory for their assumptions about the relationship between the individual and society. Using theorists such as Freud, Durkheim, Rousseau, Piaget, Winnicott, Lacan, Fanon, Bhaba, Jessica Benjamin and Judith Butler, we compare assumptions about the nature of motivation in relation to developing social behavior and the emergence of morality. We explore the assumptions each theorist makes about the nature of the individual and, in turn, the implications of such assumptions for understanding social order and social change. We also consider often implicit social assumptions made by psychological theorists and how these influence their understanding of individual development. Issues of race, gender, and sexuality are considered as these are either addressed or bypassed by the theorists. Reading emphasizes classical theory as well as recent feminist work which underlines the importance of gender in the process of socialization.

SS 297 Interpreting Culture
Barbara Yngvesson
Wednesday 1:30 - 4:30 pm
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This course will examine some of the premises, challenges, and problems of anthropology as a vehicle for representing and interpreting cultural forms and social relationships. It will examine epistemological and methodological issues involved in "participant observation" as a concept and practice central to anthropological research, focusing on questions of power and of ethnographic authority in the construction of ethnographic texts. Explicitly "fictional" work (such as novels) and historical studies will be used to discuss the ways that ethnography continually moves across disciplinary boundaries that suggest a world divided between the "imagined" and the "real." An aim of the course is both the critical examination of ethnography as a form of knowledge, and engagement with a number of recent texts that suggest the potential for ethnography as cultural critique. The course is intended for advanced students in anthropology and related fields. Enrollment limit 25.

SS 395i/ HA 395i Race and Class in US History and Society
Laurie Nisonoff /Susan Tracy
Wednesday 2:30 - 5:20 pm

See HA 395i for course description.