Women's Studies 109 Dickinson 538-2257

Politics of Patriarchy
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11:00-12:15 p.m.
J. Grossholtz

Examines women's position in contemporary society through a variety of experiential and theoretical perspectives. The first section examines women's lives through the writings of women of diverse historical, political, and economic experience. The second section examines women's lives as defined by others and examines sexism and other oppressions manifested in various sociopolitical arenas. The course concludes with feminist views of women recreating their lives.

WS 200 (01)/ HIST 276
U.S. Women Since 1890
Tuesday, Thursday 8:35-9:50 a.m.
Mary Renda

This course examines the history of women and the cultural construction of gender in the United States since the end of the last century. How have class, race, and ethnicity shaped the history of women's work, debates over female sexuality, women's attempts at social change, and representations of women in cultural and political contexts? In what ways has gender contributed to racial consciousness and class formation in the United States? Using primary and secondary material, we will examine "women's experience" in the realms of work, politics, sexuality, and reproduction.

WS 200 (02)/ HIST 296
Women in Chinese History
Monday, Wednesday 2:30-3:45 pm
J. Lipman

An exploration of the roles and values of Chinese women in traditional roles and values of Chinese women in traditional and modern times. Topics will include the structure of the family and women's productive work, rules for female behavior, women's literature, and the relationship between feminism and other political and social movements in revolutionary China. Readings from biographies, classical literature, feminist scholarship, and modern fiction.

WS 203 (01)/ ENG 270
19th Century American Women Writers
Tuesday, Thursday 1:00-2:15 p.m.
L. Brown

In this cross-cultural examination of nineteenth-century American women writers, we will compare a number of works of fiction, prose, poetry and autobiography. We will discuss how writers created sophisticated and insightful critiques of American culture, and imagined or re-presented new American identities and histories. We will also consider tensions between "sentimental" idealism and political pragmatism, restrictive domesticity and dangerous autonomy, and passionless femininity and expressed sexuality. Authors may include Alcott, Child, Fuller, Harper, Hopkins, Stowe, Taylor, and Wilson. WS 203 (02) / FRENCH 220
Mothers and Daughters
Monday, Wednesday 11-12:15 p.m.
E. Gelfand

Study of this crucial and problematic relationship as it is presented in works by selected French and Francophone women writers. Analysis of the mother/daughter bond as literary theme, social institution, psychological dynamic and metaphor for female creativity.

WS 218/ REL 218
Women in American Religious History
Tuesday, Thursday 11:00-12:15 p.m.
Jane Crosthwaite

This course is a critical study of significant women (Anne Hutchinson, Mother Ann Lee, Mary Baker Eddy, Ellen Gould White, Aimee Semple McPherson, Dorothy Day, and others) and their roles in the pluralistic character of American religion. It raises central questions concerning leadership, marginality, deviant behavior, and criticism of women. Students are expected to contribute to the course by their participation and individual research.

WS 236
Sexuality and Gender
Monday, Wednesday 11:00-12:15 p.m.
R. Oza

This course attempts to explore "public anxiety" with sexuality and sexual representation. Sexuality and gender are explored not only in terms of the "pornography debates" or "queer sexuality" rather the persistent negotiation of sexuality in everyday life. The course will be structured in two parts. Part one will examine the negotiation of sexuality "structurally." In other words, attention will be in examining sexuality in structures such as the state. For instance, policies surrounding "sexual harassment" in workspaces will be on eof the sites that draw on this linkage. Here we will look at the maintenance of heterosexual narratives and the policing of "deviancy." The second part will explore gender and sexuality in popular visual narratives such as film and television. These narratives will be explored as generative mechanisms for public anxiety and policy control of sexuality through structures. Popular visual narratives are, therefore, considered as sites that allow for multiple sexual representations deemed threatening towards the maintenance of normative heterosexuality.

WS 250/(Wags 44)
Women's Activism in Global Perspective
Tuesday, Thursday 2:00-3:30 p.m., Class to be held at Amherst College
Margaret Hunt
Kristin Bumiller
Amrita Basu

This course is an examination of the political economy of Third World countries concentrating on the interlinked impact of colonialism, capitalism and patriarchy on women's lives; the organizational base of women's political activity in those countries. The course aims to examine the possibilities of global feminism as an international movement for political and economic transformation.

WS 333 (01)/ ENG 373
Nature and Gender
Thursday 1:00-3:50 p.m.
L. Glasser

American writers have had a particular fascination with environmental issues. This theme becomes especially interesting in the context of gender study, revealing patterns of difference in the way men and women depict their relationship to nature and its preservation. A study of selected works by writers such as Walt Whitman, Herman Melville, Earnest Hemingway, and William Faulkner beside the works of women writers such as Sarah Orne Jewett, Kate Chopin, Willa Cather and Zora Neale Hurston.

WS 333 (02)/ PSYCH 319
Gender & Domestic Labor
Wednesday 1:00-2:50 p.m.
F. Deutsch

This course examines social psychology and sociological theories and research addressing why women do more housework and child care than men. It pays special attention to the situation of dual earner families and considers class and ethnic differences on the nature of this inequality and the barriers to full equality at home.

WS 333 (03)/ HIST 351
Gender, Language & Power
Tuesday 1:00-3:50 p.m.
C. Collette
Harold Garrett-Goodyear

This course explores how some women expressed, in writing and by other action, their understanding of the social, ideological, and political struggles in which they were engaged between the early fourteenth and late seventeenth centuries. It asks what roles they played in the construction of the public discourse and the state, the reshaping of the family, the reconstruction of Christianity, and the change from medieval feudal estates to early modern agrarian capitalism. Readings will include the works of writers such as Christine de Pisan, the Paston women, Anne Askew, Lady Mary Wroth, Elizabeth Carey, Lady Eleanor coronation pageants, public ceremonies, household accounts, and diaries.

WS 333 (04)
Beyond Nature/Culture: Feminist, Queer
Monday 1:00-3:50 p.m.
K. Barad

In this course, we examine scientific discourses on the body as well as feminist, queer, and antiracist approahes, interventions, and responses. Drawing on the literatures from cultural studies of science, technology, and medicine, gay and lesbian and queer studies, the history of science and medicine, anthropology, biology, and feminist theory, we will consider such topics as: scientific constructions of raced-sexed-gendered bodies, scientific constructions of (homo)sexualities, mainstream and counter-discourses concerning hermaphrodism and intersexuality, transgendered bodies, cyborg bodies, scientific constructions of disease, disabilities, and abnormalities, reproductive technologies, medical ethics, AIDS, lesbian health issues, and environmental racism.

WS 333 (05)
Feminist and Queer Theory
Tuesday 1:00-3:50 p.m.
K. Barad

Questions of power, agency, structure, materiality, bodies, subjectivities, and discursive practices have been central to both feminist and queer theories. In this course, we will focus on these issues, exploring in particular the tensions among poststructuralist, Marxist, and materialist approaches. In analyzing contemporary theories of gender and sexuality, we will pay particular attention to issues of race, class, ethnicity, nationality, and globalization. Key problematics include: the nature and operation of power, the relationship between materiality and discourse, and the relationship between theory and practice. Theorists to be discussed include Michel Foucault, Judith Butler, Rosemary Hennessey, Jacqui Alexander, Leela Fernandex, Elizabeth Grosz, John E'Emilio, Monique Wittig, Gayatri Spivak, Steve Seidman, Stuart Hall, and Gayle Rubin.

WOST Program
Women of Color
Graduate Level
Winter 2000
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