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SCHOOL OF COGNITIVE SCIENCE AND CULTURAL STUDIES
Adele Simmons Hall
582-5501
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CCS 182 (component)
Theories of Popular Culture	
Heather Hendershot
Tuesday, Thursday  12:30-1:50 pm

This survey class examines the complicated ways that consumers of popular culture are 
producers of meaning.  How do we interact with the media artifacts of daily life?  What 
roles do our class, gender, race, ethnic, and sexual identities play in our understanding 
and use of popular culture? We will examine a wide variety of methodological approaches to 
the study of popular culture, including:  feminist psychoanalysis (Constance Penley, Tania 
Modleski), film reception (Jackie Stacey, Jacqueline Bobo), British and American cultural 
studies (Dick Hebdige, Tricia Rose), Queer theory (Alexander Doty), and theories of 
cyborgs/technologies (Donna Haraway, Anne Balsamo).

CCS 244
Autobiography/Biography/Memoir in Film and Video
Sherry Millner
Wednesday  6:30-9:30 pm

Experimental personal narrative, perhaps the major genre in American independent video and 
film, has largely and inevitably focused on the split between private and public 
existence.  This class will explore the visual and social problematic produced by the 
assumption of a confessional or testamentary "I."  How does the subjective camera overlap 
with the subjective witness to history?  Readings will be drawn not just from film and 
video theory but from recent feminist studies of the resources of autobiography, as well 
as from one or two contemporary literary practitioners, such as Christa Wolf.  Screenings 
will center on American video and film but by no means exclusively.  By instructor's 
permission.

CCS 245
Motherhood, Feminism, and the Mass Media	
Meredith Michaels
TBA

Course traces the cultural, economic, and political changes since 1970 that have 
dramatically reshaped motherhood in America.  Beginning with the rise of second-wave 
feminism, focus on the contradictory forces that have made middle-class motherhood both 
easier and much more difficult.  Special attention to how the mass media have represented 
motherhood during this period, and the interplay between these media representations and 
public and economic policy toward mothers and children.  Course will also examine how 
class divisions among mothers has widened over the past 25 years, and how these class 
divisions have interacted with divisions based on race and ethnicity.  Also feminist 
analyses of motherhood, race, and the media.

CCS 248
Woman as Director of Film/Video:  Another History
Joan Braderman
Wednesday  2:30-6:00 pm/Thursday  7:00-10:00 pm

The role of women in film and videomaking as auteurs, artists, activists, theorists, 
critics, and entrepreneurs, from the twenties in Hollywood, when there were more women 
directing films than at any time since, to the burst of collective creative power 
engendered by the sixties and seventies women's movement.  Differences in context for work 
proposed by the dominant cinema and television industries, on the one hand, and the 
various national political and alternative aesthetic spaces that have brought the 
"feminine sensibility" behind the camera as well as in front of it.  The teens and 
twenties films of Weber, Shub, Dulac; of Arzner and Deren, Sagan, Riefenstahl in the 
thirties and forties; then Varda, Chytilova, Duras, Maldorer, Gomez, Riechert, Von Trotta, 
Rainer, Ackerman, Export, Friedrich, Savoco and Bigelow.  Contemporary video artists and 
producers such as Rosler, Birnbaum, Jonas, and Halleck will be examined.  Writers in the 
seventies like Rich, Mulvey, Lesage, and deLauretis will be examined in relation to work 
by women.  By instructor's permission.

CCS 286 (component)
Animation History and Aesthetics	
Heather Hendershot
Tuesday, Thursday  6:30-7:50 pm

Consider the following statement:  Pepe le Pew is a rapist.  What does this mean?  Is this 
a ludicrous assertion or perfectly reasonable? What happens when we take animation 
seriously?  This class examines a broad range of theoretical and historical issues that 
emerge when we defy animation's innocent address.  Students will learn about the economics 
of the animation industry, key studios of the 30's and 40's, animation labor politics, and 
how animation production moved from theaters to TV screens in the 50's.  Our focus will be 
on the US. animation industry. How do animated films function as representational free 
zones for the expression of racism, sexism, and nationalism?  Why do cartoons express 
ideas that are often censored from live action films?  Artists studied include: Lotte 
Reiniger, Hans Richter, Oskar Fischinger, Len Lye, Norman McLaren, and Ladislas Starevich.  
Films studied:  The Adventures of Prince Achmed, Rhythmus 21, Coonskin, Song of the South, 
Betty Boop for President, Gerald McBoing-Boing, Red Hot Riding Hood, Fat Albert and the 
Cosby Kids, SNAFU:  Booby Traps, Mister Magoo, Hemo the Magnificent, Cleanliness Brings 
Health, Strawberry Shortcake Meets the Berrykins, and Biker Mice from Mars.  There will be 
additional screening times outside of class.   Instructor's permission only.
	

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SCHOOL OF HUMANITIES AND ARTS
12 Emily Dickinson
582-5361
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HA/NS/SS 129 
Women's Bodies/Women's Lives	
Lynne Hanley/Margaret Cerullo/Ann McNeal
Wednesday  10:30-11:50 am

An introduction to feminist studies, this course explores the representation of the female 
body from the perspectives of three schools. Beginning with literary representations of 
the female body, the course goes on to look at scientific views of female biology, the 
social history of the female body and struggles around its control, and differences in 
cultural attitudes towards the bodies of white women and women of color.

HA 197 (component)
Cross-Cultural Readings of the Short Story
Eva Rueschmann
Monday, Wednesday  10:30-11:50 am

Introduces students to the short story form and its many stylistic and thematic variations 
in European, African, Asian, Latin American and North American literatures of the 
twentieth century. We will examine various modes and techniques of narration and 
representation in relation to both storytelling traditions indigenous to specific cultures 
and international stylistic influences.   Different analytical and critical approaches to 
short fiction, including formalist, folkloric, biographical, psychoanalytic, feminist, and 
post-colonial strategies.  We will consider three cinematic adaptations of short stories 
for comparative purposes, John Huston's The Dead, Joce Chopra's Smooth Talk and Ruy 
Guerra's Erendira. Stories by James Joyce, Kay Boyle, Ernest Hemingway, Jamaica Kincaid, 
Jorge Luis Borges, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nadine Gordimer, Es'Kia M'phalele, Margaret 
Atwood, James Baldwin, Cynthia Ozick, Amy Tan, Sandra Cisneros, Ginu Kamani, Edwige 
Dandikat, Joyce Carol Oates, Hisaye Yamamoto, Leslie Marmon Silko, Laurie Moore, Milan 
Kundera, and many others.

HA 225
The Other Souths	
L. Brown Kennedy/Susan Tracy
Tuesday, Thursday  12:30-1:50 pm

Although "the South" has often been spoken about as if it were a unified culture,
there have always been a diversity of Souths - different by geography, and the
different historical experiences of its people.  Through analysis of the narratives
of native American, African American and Euro American southerners - women and men
- we will explore the range of different stories that make up the literature and
history of the southern United States.  Emphasis on plantation slavery, the
changing role of men and women, the white and black family, the Civil War and
Reconstruction.  Explore how memory, myth, and stereotypical thinking have affected
group and individual consciousness.  Texts include Stowe, William and Ellen Craft,
William Wells Brown and F. Harper. 

HA 320 Critical Theory Seminar: Contemporary Feminist Theory 
Mary Russo 
Wednesday
2:30-5:20 pm

This advanced seminar will focus on some of the significant challenges posed by and to 
feminism in the 1990's. Many of the philosophical divides and differences that 
characterize an earlier era of feminism have intensified or re-emerged in new contexts and 
in new configurations.  Recent debates about identity establish an unsettled but 
productive terrain on which to explore the crisis of feminism in relation to contemporary 
culture.  Assess the usefulness of certain categorical frames in the interest of moving 
feminism and its allied fields and projects forward.  In particular, we will be concerned 
to interrogate the founding concept of gender itself.  By permission of the instructor. 
Students are expected to have a significant background in feminist and/or critical theory.

HA 330 (component)
Advanced Shakespeare Seminar	
L. Brown Kennedy
TBA

Eight to ten plays (histories, comedies, tragedies, romances) with attention to the
texts, and to their social and intellectual contexts.  Particular attention will be
given to issues of power, gender, and theatricality - the "position" of Prospero,
Miranda, and Caliban.  Plays of other Elizabethan and Jacobean writers may be used
in conjunction with Shakespeare's texts.  Permission required. 


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SCHOOL OF NATURAL SCIENCE
311 Cole Science
582-5371
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NS 109 (component)
Sex and Drugs in Biosocial Perspective	
Nina Kammerer
Wednesday, Friday  10:30-11:50 am

Sex and drugs are the topical vehicles for this introduction to biosocial approaches to 
health and disease.  Consider various perspectives on the interplay of biology, culture, 
ecology, and society.  Exploration of sexually transmitted infections, addressing issues 
ranging from the greater biophysiological vulnerability of women to the role of class and 
migration in disease distribution. Next we will examine transsexualism/transgenderism by 
reading medical and psychological literature, an ethnography, and recent work by 
transgendered activists.  We will look at opium production and consumption in Southeast 
Asia and crack cocaine use in the United States.  Each student will write a research 
paper.

NS/HA/SS 129
Women's Bodies/Women's Lives	
A. McNeal/L. Hanley/M. Cerullo
Wednesday  10:30-11:50 am

See description HA 129

NS/SS 243 (component)
AIDS in The World	
Nina Kammerer
Wednesday, Friday  1:00-2:20 pm

AIDS is both a biological and a social phenomenon.  Discuss biomedical views on
HIV, transmission, and treatment and consider the current state of vaccine
development.  Then we will turn to the social dimensions of the pandemic, focusing
on ways cultural and political economy structure risk of HIV infection and shape
understanding of and responses to AIDS.  Much of the course will be devoted to
in-depth investigations of the epidemics in Haiti, Uganda, the U.S., and Thailand.
Each student will conduct independent research and write a final paper on a
course-related topic. 

NS 249
Bioarchaeology of Women	
Pamela Stone
Tuesday, Thursday  12:30-1:50 pm
	
This course surveys the emergent field of bioarchaeology which combines method and
theory from biological anthropology and archaeology.  Focus on bioarchaeological
studies as they relate to our understanding of women in both ancient and historical
settings.  Women's lives in terms of diet, health, occupation/workload,
childbearing and rearing, clothing, ritual and ideology, and iconography will be
explored.  Through an examination of the bioarchaeological literature, we will
cover women in diverse geographical regions (such as the American southwest, the
Near East, Mexico, Egypt and Europe) and time periods ranging from the Paleolithic
and Neolithic to historic times. 

NS 311 (component)
Science Education Seminar	
Merle Bruno
Thursday  12:30-3:20 pm

For Division III and upper-level II students who might some day teach science in
public schools or in college.  Several intriguing sets of "standards" for teaching
science and math developed by national and state task forces are receiving national
attention.  The standards include recommendations about developing strong "habits
of mind," the importance of interdisciplinary work, the central role of critical
inquiry, and of the need to design curricula that invite and encourage the interest
of people traditionally underrepresented in science:  women, minorities, and people
with disabilities.  Fewer colleges are paying attention to these new standards. 
Review the national standards and related literature and observe and perhaps teach
in some local schools.  Students will articulate their own approaches to learning
and teaching science. 


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SCHOOL OF SOCIAL SCIENCE
218 Franklin Patterson Hall
582-5548
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SS 102 (component)
Poverty & Wealth
Laurie Nisonoff
Tuesday, Thursday  10:30-11:50 am

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 again; education; the history of social
welfare programs and charity.  Three paradigms in economic inquiry: radical,
liberal, and conservative.  Students are encouraged to engage in field observations
in local settings. 

SS 116 (component)
Revolution and Modernization in China	
Kay Johnson
Tuesday, Thursday  9:00-10:20 am

Study of the Chinese revolution, emphasizing the role of the peasantry and impact
of socialist development and modernization on peasant village life.  Attempt to
evaluate the Chinese revolution by tracing the major lines of continuity and change
in Chinese peasant society, considering the potential and limits that peasant life
and aspirations create for revolutionary change, modernization, and democracy. 
Focus on the relationship between the traditional Confucian family and revolution,
and socialist economic development on peasant women's roles and status. 

SS/HA/NS 129
Women's Bodies/Women's Lives	
M. Cerullo/L.Hanley/Ann McNeal
Wednesday  10:30-11:50 am

See description HA 129

SS 152
Women & Gender in Early Modern Europe	
Jutta Sperling
Monday, Wednesday  10:30-11:50 am

Introduction to the social and cultural history of women and gender in early modern
Europe.  Focus on Italy, with a comparative perspective on Spain, France, Germany,
and England.  Topics are the "renaissance" of domesticity in fifteenth-century
Italy; marriage and the family; the evolution of the dowry system; Neoplatonic
theories on beauty, love, and gender; women's roles in court society; the
salonniere in seventeenth- and eighteenth- century France; women in the
Reformation; images of women rulers, from Elizabeth I to Marie Antoinette; the
witch craze; gender and disorder in sixteenth-century Spain; sexual difference in
anatomical representations; men's and women's autobiographies; male and female
homosexuality; women artists, musicians, scientists, and writers. 

SS 212 (component)
History of Postwar America
Penina Glazer
Monday, Wednesday  10:30-11:50 am

After World War II the United State emerged as the dominant world power.  In the
next two decades the society was shaken by major domestic and international
changes.  We will look at some of the major dimensions of U.S. society between 1945
and 1968:  the onset of the Cold War, the emergence of McCarthyism, the beginning
of the civil rights movement, the emergence of the New Left, and the birth of
modern feminism. 

SS 218 (component)
Race and Culture in Psychoanalytic Theories
Lourdes Mattei
Monday, Wednesday  1:00-2:20 pm

This course will look at the ways psychoanalytic schools understand the
relationship between culture and individual development.  In order to explore the
cultural dimension, the course will review psychoanalytic understandings of racism
and bigotry as well as the constructions of psychosocial identities.  Particular
attention will be paid to the development of racial and ethnic identities in the
United States.  In addition, we will explore cross-cultural views of the self from
a psychoanalytic perspective. 

SS 222
Rethinking the Population Problem	
Betsy Hartmann/Kay Johnson
Tuesday, Thursday  10:30-11:20 am

Is the population problem really about a surplus of human numbers, or a lack of
basic rights?  Is population control, as practiced by governments and international
institutions an effective or ethical response?  Critical framework for analyzing
the phenomenon of rapid population growth in the Third world and reproductive
issues affecting the domestic Third world.  Basic demographic concepts:  the causes
and effects of high birth rates;  women's productive and reproductive roles; the
political and cultural assumptions underlying the philosophy of population control;
the politics of family planning and health care; the use and abuse of contraceptive
technologies, birth in the third World and the West; and alternatives to population
control at the national and local levels.  China will be studied as a major case
study of population control. 

SS 241
Crime & Punishment
Lester Mazor
Monday, Wednesday  1:00-2:20 pm

By examining such topics as rape, drugs, the death penalty, prison riots, the
insanity defense, gun control, organized crime, and white-collar crime, this course
will pursue broad themes running through the administration of criminal justice in
the United States.  These themes include the impact of race, class, and gender; the
role of discretion and how it is used; the relation of theory to reality; images of
crime in the media and popular culture; and the forms and location of power in the
criminal justice system.  Legal, historical, sociological, and philosophical
perspectives.  Guest lectures, and other events will be held outside of regular
class times. 

SS/NS 243
AIDS in the World	
Nina Kammerer
Wednesday, Friday  1:00-2:20 pm

See description NS 243


SS 245
New Critical Legal Theory
Marlene Fried/ Flavio Riesch-Ozeguera
Tuesday, Thursday  2:00-3:20 pm
	
During the past decade, critical legal theorists of race, gender, and sexuality
have challenged prevailing jurisprudential paradigms and presented new models for
legal thought.  They have raised such fundamental questions as:  How is oppression
best conceptualized within the law?  What is the potential and what are the limits
of the law in addressing oppression?  What is appropriate legal discourse?  They
have defined or reconceptualized areas of law such as sexual harassment, hate
speech, and sexual orientation.  Authors, Derrick Bell, Mari Matsuda, Kimberle
Crenshaw, Richard Delgado, Patricia Williams, Catherine MacKinnon, Janet Halley,
and others.  Familiarity with basic legal texts and reasoning and with feminist
theory required. 

SS 270 
Race in the US: Under Color Of Law	
Flavio Riesch Ozeguera/Mitziko Sawada
Tuesday, Thursday  10:30-11:50 am

Examine values, behavior, and attitudes regarding race in the context of United
States history and law, using major Supreme Court decisions as a vehicle for
developing a critical perspective on race relations and on the politics of
historical and juridical interpretation.  Focus on cases involving slavery,
naturalization and citizenship rights, interracial sex and marriage, public
education, fair employment, and other fundamental rights. 

SS 298
Topics in Modern Jewish Studies:  A Faculty - Student Reading Group
Aaron Berman/Penina Glazer
Wednesday  3:00-5:20 pm	Leonard Glick

This course will enable a group of faculty and advanced Division II and Division
III students to read and discuss important recent texts on critical questions in
modern Jewish life.  Topics may include assimilation and survival, the impact of
the Holocaust and its commemoration on Jewish communities, the changing
relationship of American Jewry and Israel, the Jewish renewal movement, feminist
critiques, and the significance of Yiddish culture for modern Jewish identity. 

SS 311
Women and Work
Laurie Nisonoff
Wednesday  1:00-3:50 pm

Examines case studies of the interrelationships of gender and capital, some located in 
specific practice, time, and place; others directed toward theoretical critique and 
construction.  Issues such as the work lives of women in the home and workplace; the 
relationships between "paid" and "unpaid" work; the "feminization of poverty" and of 
policy; the growth of new professions, the service sector, and the global assembly line.  
Seminar with students assuming substantial responsibility for discussion.  Some background 
in feminist studies, political economy, history, or politics is expected.  Designed for 
advanced Div. II students and III students.


SS 364 
Feminist Studies Seminar
Margaret Cerullo
Thursday  9:30-11:50 am

This will be works-in-progress seminar for students engaged in Division III
projects in feminist studies or gender studies.  Students will present their
research to each other several times during the semester.  In addition to serving
as a group that will offer guidance, criticism and support, this seminar will be a
forum in which feminist theory will be discussed as it relates to the development
of identity, body image, sexuality and agency.