Department Locations and Phone Numbers

Women’s Studies
Afro-American Studies
Comparative Literature
East Asian Languages and Literature
English Languages and Literature
Italian Languages and Literature
Jewish Studies
Latin American Studies
Religion and Biblical Literature
Spanish and Portuguese
24 Hatfield
130 Wright Hall
15 Wright Hall
101 Wright Hall
312 Hatfield
101 Wright Hall
15 Wright Hall
13 Wright Hall
1 Hatfield
106 Wright Hall
10 Prospect Street, #202
Sage Hall
Dewey II
Bass Hall
Dewey II
12 Wright Hall
Hatfield Hall

WST 100b Issues in Queer Studies
Thursday 7:30-8:45 p.m.
Marilyn Schuster
(Director for Spring 1999) with other Women’s Studies faculty and invited guest lecturers

This course introduces students to issues raised by and in the emerging interdisciplinary field of queer studies. Through a series of lectures by Smith faculty members and invited guests, supplemented by film viewings, students will learn about subject areas, methodological issues and resources in queer studies. Two credits.

WST 150b Introduction to Women's Studies
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
11:00 a.m.-12:10 p.m.
Susan Van Dyne

An introduction to the interdisciplinary field of women's studies through a critical examination of feminist histories, issues and practices. Focus on the U.S. with some attention to the global context. Primarily for first and second year students.

WST 300b
LAS 301b

Contemporary Latina Theater
Monday, Wednesday 1:10-2:30 p.m.
Nancy Sternbach

From the shoestring budgets of their collective theatre pieces of the 1960’s to their high-tech multimedia performance art of the 1990’s, U.S. Latinas have moved from their marginal positions backstage to become the central protagonists of the efflorescent, hybrid, multicultural art form that is Latina theatre today. In this course, we will read a variety of plays, performance pieces, puppet shows, and other art forms that define U.S. Latina theatre from the early seventies to the present. Critical readings will accompany the texts. Every effort will be made to actually see a performance of some manifestation of Latina theatre. Knowledge of Spanish is not required, but will be useful. Prerequisite: WST 150 or permission of the instructor. FULFILLS WOMEN OF COLOR REQUIREMENT FOR UMASS WOMEN’S STUDIES MAJORS AND MINORS.

WST 350b Gender, Culture and Representation
Monday, Wednesday 2:40-4:00 p.m.
Marilyn Schuster

Examines how gender is structured and represented in a variety of arenas, including art, politics, law and popular culture. Through the critical reading of key contemporary works of feminist theory, we will study the variety and abiguities of political and symbolic representation.

AAS 248b Gender in the Afro-American Literary Tradition
Monday, Wednesday 1:10-2:30 p.m.
Emily Bernard

A study of Afro-American literature through the lens of gender. How does the issue of gender affect the relationship between race and writing? Authors include: Hilton Als, Zora Neale Hurston, Charles Johnson, Toni Morrison, Dorothy West, and John Edgar Wideman.

AAS 326b The Sociocultural Development of the Afro-American Women
Thursday 3:00-4:50 p.m.
Ann Ferguson

In this seminar we examine the unique historical and social experience of African-American women. We explore the specific issues and concerns that black women have voiced through a close reading of the speeches, writings, and political manifestos of African American women from the 19th century to the contemporary period. Our goal is to understand how African American women’s social and political consciousness has been shaped by race, sex, and class position and to gain an understanding of their individual as well as collective, organized responses. FULFILLS WOMEN OF COLOR REQUIREMENT FOR UMASS WOMEN’S STUDIES MAJORS AND MINORS.

ANT 243b Colloquium in Political Ecology: Gender, Knowledge, Culture
Tuesday, Thursday 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Frederique Apffel-Marglin

The study of ecology in the natural sciences focuses on nature as an ecological system. The current escalating ecological crisis has been brought about and is being perpetuated by social, cultural and knowledge practices which require study by social scientists if we are going to be able to address the current situation. This course is an introduction to the study of those factors implicated in the creation and perpetuation of the current ecological crisis. The course is structured around three categories: gender, knowledge, and culture. These have been chosen as promising entry points into the study of those practices inimical or favorable to ecological health. The course will begin by taking stock of the situation ecologically and will end with a suggestion of what an ecological way of life might look like. This course will be offered alternately with ANT 244. Prerequisites: ANT 130a or b, or permission of the instructor.

CLT 230b "Unnatural" Women: Mothers Who Kill Their Children
Tuesday, Thursday 1:00-2:50 p.m
Thalia Pandiri

Some cultures give the murdering mother a central place in myth and literature while others treat the subject as taboo. How is such a woman depicted-as monster, lunatic, victim, savior? What do the motives attributed to her reveal about a society's assumptions and values? What difference does it make if the author is a woman? Authors to be studied include Euripides, Seneca, Ovid, Anouilh, Papadiamandis, Atwood, Walker, Morrison. Prerequisite: at least one college level course in literature.

CLT 268b Latina and Latin American Women Writers
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11:00-12:10 p.m
Nancy Saporta Sternbach

This course examines the last twenty years of Latina writing in this country while tracing the Latin American roots of many of the writers. Constructions of ethnic identity, gender, Latinidad, "race," class, sexuality, and political consciousness are analyzed in light of the writers' coming to feminism. Texts by Esmeralda Santiago, Gloria Anzaldua, Sandra Cisneros, Demetria Martinez, Carmelita Tropicana, and many others are included in readings that range from poetry and fiction to essay and theatre. Knowledge of Spanish is not required, but will be useful. First- year students must seek permission of the instructor.

CLT 272b Women Writing: Twentieth-Century Fiction
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
11:00-12:10 p.m.

Marilyn Schuster

A study of the pleasures and politics of fiction by women from English- speaking and French-speaking cultures. How do women writers engage, subvert and/or resist dominant meanings of gender, sexuality, race and ethnicity and create new narrative spaces? Who speaks for whom? How does the reader participate in making meaning(s)? How do different theoretical perspectives (feminist, lesbian, queer, psychoanalytical, postcolonial, postmodern) change the way we read? Writers such as: Woolf, Colette, Schwarz-Bart, Morrison, Duras, Rule, Kingston, Winterson and Wittig.

EAL 251b Korean Women Writers of the 20th Century
Monday, Wednesday 2:40-4:00 p.m.
Jinhee Kim

Examines canonical texts by a dozen Korean women writers of the twentieth century, from the iconoclastic Chong-hui Ch’oe to contemporary Korean Americans including Helie Lee, Connie Kang, and Nora Ojka Keller. Investigates Korean feminism’s coming of age by focusing on the authors’ views of family, history and gender. All readings are in English.

ENG 280b Advanced Essay Writing: Essays by Women
Thursday 1:00-2:50 p.m.
Ann Boutelle

In this workshop, we will explore, through reading and through writing, the woman writers use of "I" in the essay form. 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 to our own writing. The reading list will consist of writings by twentieth-century American women. Admission is by permission of the instructor. During registration period, students should sign up for the course and leave samples of their writing at the English Department Office, Wright 101.

ENG 378b Contemporary British Women Writers
Tuesday 1:00-2:50 p.m.
Robert Hosmer

Consideration of a number of contemporary women writers, mostly British, some well established, some not, who represent a variety of concerns and techniques. Emphasis on the pleasures of the text and significant ideas - political, spiritual, human, and esthetic. Efforts directed at appreciation of individuality and diversity as well as contributions to the development of fiction. Texts likely to Include Anita Brookner, Angela Carter, Isabel Colegate, Eva Figes, Penelope Fitzgerald, Molly Keane, Penelope Lively, Edna O’Brien, Barbara Pym, Jean Rhys, Muriel Spark and Jeanette Winterson; some supplementary critical reading.

GOV 266b Politics of Gender and Sexuality
Tuesday, Thursday 9:00-10:20 a.m.
Gary Lehring

An examination of gender and sexuality as subjects of theoretical investigation, historically constructed in ways that have made possible various forms of regulation and scrutiny today. We will focus on the way in which traditional views of gender and sexuality still resonate with us in the modern world, helping to shape legislation and public opinion, creating substantial barriers to cultural and political change. Prerequisite: completion of Gov 100, or course work in either feminist theory or women's studies, or permission of the instructor.

GOV 364b Seminar in Political Theory: Feminist Theory
Rachel Roth

Topic for 1998-99: TBA. Permission of the instructor required.

HST 253b Women in Modern Europe
Tuesday 3:00-5:30 p.m.
Heather McHold

Constructions of the body, sex, and gender from the 18th to the 20th centuries. The cultural negotiation of femininity and its impact on women’s experiences as workers, citizens, mothers, patients, and activists. Special attention to English society and to the history of medicine.

ITL 343b Modern Italian Literature: Italian Women Writers: Mothers and Daughters
Tuesday, Thursday 9:00-10:20 a.m.
Giovanna Bellesia

This course provides an in-depth look at the changing roles of women in Italian society. It focuses on the portrayal of motherhood by Italian women writers in the 20th century. Authors studied include Sibilla Aleramo, Elsa Morante, Natalia Ginzburg, and Dacca Maraini. Limited enrollment, permission of the instructor required. Conducted in Italian.

JUD 224b Women in Rabbinic Literature
Monday, Wednesday 11:00 a.m.-12:10 p.m.
Elizabeth Shanks Alexander

An introduction to the Jewish textual tradition, the world of rabbinic discourse and the literary genres produced by the place Rabbis imagined for women in their society. Explorations of the legal status of women in the Mishnah, Gemara, and Midrash, addressing issues of marriage, the family, divorce, adultery, rape, education, ritual, prayer, and sexuality. All readings will be in English translation.

MUS 100b Music and Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective
(Colloquia, Section D)
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
10:00-10:50 a.m.
Margaret Sarkissian

Using case studies ranging from the Middle East to Native America as points of departure, this course will explore the role of music in processes of socialization, segregation, and gender-based power relations. Although the readings will focus primarily on non-Western musics, contemporary manifestations of American popular music culture will also be considered. Writing intensive course, enrollment limited to 15.

PHI 240b Philosophy and Women
Tuesday, Thursday 1:00-2:50 p.m.
Meredith Michaels

An investigation of the philosophical concepts of oppression, rights, human nature, and moral reform and the changes from the 17th and 18th centuries to today’s developments in communication, biomedicine, and technology. Not open to first-year students.

PHI 305b Feminist Theory and Practice
Monday, Wednesday 1:10- 4:00 p.m.
Kathryn Pyne Addelson

Feminist theory had origins in the practice of the women’s movement and now constitutes a distinctive approach to fundamental philosophical questions. Readings of classic work and current accounts of knowledge, political and moral theory. Prerequisites: at least one course from philosophy, feminism and society concentration in philosophy minor, or permission of the instructor.

PSY 266b Psychology and Women
Monday, Wednesday 1:10-2:30 p.m.
Lauren Duncan

Exploration of the existence, origins, and implications of the behavioral similarities and differences between women and men and of the psychological realities of women's lives. Topics include gender role stereotypes and gender role development; power issues in the family workplace, and politics; and mental health and sexuality. Particular emphasis is given to the issue of diversity among women. Prerequisite: Psych 111 and Psych 112 or permission of the instructor

PSY 366b Topics in the Psychology of Women
Tuesday 1:00-2:50 p.m.
Lauren Duncan

Topic for 1998-99: Personality and Life Outcomes of College Educated Women Prerequisites: PSY 266 or permission of instructor

REL 335b Problems in Jewish Religion and Culture
Thursday 1:00-2:50 p.m.
Lois Dubin

Contemporary Women’s Spirituality. Women and Torah: analysis of the tension between continuity and innovation as women begin to exercise a new role as scholars and interpreters. Examination of a variety of women’s approaches to the study and practice of Torah, specifically in the areas of Biblical exegesis, midrash, liturgy, and ritual. How do women appropriate these traditional activities and genres as they seek to voice their own sensibilities and spiritual concerns? Prerequisites: REL 235 or 236, or a course in Jewish Studies, or permission of the instructor

SOC 323b Seminar: Gender and Social Change
Tuesday 1:00-2:50 p.m.
Nancy Whittier

This course examines theory and research on the construction of and change in gender categories in the United States. Particular attention will be paid to social movements that seek to change gender definitions and stratification, including both feminist and anti-feminist movements. Theoretical frameworks will be drawn from feminist theory and social movement theory. Readings will examine historical shifts in gender relations and norms, changing definitions of gender in contemporary everyday life, and politicized struggles over gender definitions. Themes throughout the course include the social construction of both femininity and masculinity, the intersection of race, class, and identity. Case studies of social movements will include feminist, lesbian and gay, right- wing, self help, men's, anti-abortion and pro-choice movements. Enrollment limited. Permission of the instructor required.

SPN 363b Contemporary Women Writers of Spain
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Phoebe Porter

A study of women and literature in contemporary Spain. Topics include: the questioning of traditional values and institutions, the desire for independence from rigid female roles, women's struggle against an oppressive system through literary satire and denunciation, the search for a female identity and the growing feminist consciousness of the contemporary Spanish woman. Readings of Laforet, Martin Gaite, Moix, Tusquets, and Montero. Readings and discussion in Spanish.

Program Courses
Women of Color
Graduate Level
Winter 1999
Amherst College
Hampshire College
Mount Holyoke