Women's Studies
Classical Languages & Literature
Afro-American Studies
Comparative Literature
English Languages and Literature
Jewish Studies
Religion and Biblical Literature
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Sage Hall
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Dewey II
12 Wright Hall

WST 100b
Issues in Queer Studies
Thursday 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Marilyn Schuster

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. 2 credits

WST 150b
Introduction to Women's Studies
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11:00-12:10 p.m
Martha Ackelsberg
Marilyn Schuster
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.

WST 300b
Queer Resistances: Identities, Communities, Nancy Whittier

The course will examine constructions of lesbian, gay, queer, bisexual, and transgender at the levels of individual and collective identities, communities of various forms, and social protest, with a focus on the interplay between resistance and accommodation at each of these levels of analysis. Drawing on historical, theoretical, narrative, and ethnographic sources, we will examine multiple sites of queer resistance including local communities, academic institutions, media, the state, social movement organizations, and the Internet. We will pay explicit attention to queer identities, communities, and movements as racialized, shaped by class, gendered, and contextual. We will examine the consequences of various theories of gender, sexuality, and resistance for how we interpret the shapes that queer, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender identity, community, and social movements take. Readings will include primary source documents from diverse groups, including published newsletters, organizational position papers, individual narratives, and material from organizational and personal Web sites and discussion groups, and students will conduct their own research using such primary sources. Prerequisites: WST 150 or 250 and one other Women's Studies course or permission of the instructor.

WST 310b
Queer Globalizations, Local Homosexualities Transnational Formations
Anjali Arondekar

This class will explore the convergences and divergences of current Western discourses of sexuality with local non-Western sites of dissident sexualities within the contemporary climate of globalization. Our exploration will grapple with locations such as the nation, diasporas, globals, margins, locals, borders, the family, the home, and communities, and discuss what it means to read these concepts as "transnational formations" across multiple genres of poetry, fiction, theory and film. In specific we will attempt to bring several disciplinary methodologies to bear upon one another to produce more complicated and satisfying understandings of the intersections of race and sexuality. We will consider texts such as Audre Lorde's Zami, Dorothy Allison's Bastard of Carolina, Achy Obejas's Memory Mambo, Cherrie Moraga's "La Ofrende," as well as such films as Deepa Mehta's "Fire", Richard Fung's "Dirty Laundry" and Shari Frilot's "Black Nations, Queer Nations". Prerequisite: WST 220 or permission of the instructor; limited enrollment.

WST 350b
Gender, Culture and Representation
Monday, Wednesday 2:40-4:00 p.m.
Susan Van Dyne

The senior integrating seminar for the women's studies major. Together we will define areas we want to study in depth and we will read a range of essays in contemporary feminist theory. Students will also do independent projects building on prior work in the major. Enrollment limited to senior women's studies majors.

AAS 212b
Culture and Class in the Afro-American Family
Tuesday, Thursday 9:00-10:20 a.m.
Ann Ferguson

Study of conceptual models in family studies, with particular attention to the Afro-American family from a social systems perspective. Extensive consideration given to the influence of historical, cultural, structural, and class variables in contemporary Afro-American families, using current research, family cases, and implications of public policy.

AAS 220b
Women of the African Diaspora
Tuesday, Thursday 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Ann Ferguson

The course will focus on issues and themes central to the lives of women of the African diaspora through a close reading of coming of age stories by and about women from Africa, Britain, the Caribbean, and the United States. Together we examine a wide range of texts that describe the experience of being and becoming female in a world structured by race, gender class, and colonial relations of power. We explore and analyze varied construction of concepts such as home and family, the "traditional" and the "modern", as we follow the thread of young women's lives through time and across space in a series of journeys.

ART 260b
Women in the History of Photography
Tuesday, Thursday 10:30-11:50 a.m.
Leigh Culver

This course focuses on photography by women from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day. Looking at documentary photography, the pictorialist movement, photojournalism, and modern and postmodern art photography, we will consider the cultural, political and personal uses of the camera by women artists, reporters, and hobbyist. Of particular interest will be the role that gender plays in the production and reception of their work. Photographers discussed will include Berenice Abbott, Diane Arbus, Julia Margaret Cameron, Gertrude Käsebier, Tina Modetti, Dorothea Lange, Cindy Sherman, and Lorna Simpson. Pre-requisite: ARH 100 or 101, and one 200-level art history course in any subject; or permission of the instructor.

CLS 233b
Constructions of Gender and Sexuality in Greco-Roman Culture
Tuesday, Thursday 9:00-10:20 a.m.
Nancy Shumate

The construction of gender, sexuality, and erotic experience is one of the major sites of differences between Greco-Roman culture and our own. What constituted a proper man and a proper woman in these ancient societies? Which sexual practices and objects of desire were socially sanctioned and which considered deviant? What ancient modes of thinking about these issues have persisted into the modern world? Attention to the status of women; the role of social class; the ways in which genre and convention shaped literary representation; the relationship between representation and reality.

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 course in literature.

CLT 235b
Fairy Tales & Gender
Tuesday, Thursday 1:00-2:50 p.m.
Elizabeth Harries

A study of literary fairy tales in Europe from the 1690's to the 1990's, with emphasis on the ways women have written, rewritten, and transformed them. Some attention to oral storytelling and to related stories in other cultures. Writers will include Aulnoy, Perrault, le Prince de Beaumont, the Grimms, Andersen, Christina Rossetti, Angela Carter, Anne Sexton, Olga Broumas. Prerequisite: at least one college level course in literature. Not open to first year students.

CLT 268b
Latina and Latin American Women Writers
Tuesday, Thursday 10:30-11:50 a.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 not required, but useful. First-year students must seek permission of the instructor.

CLT 315b
Gender Issues in African Women's Narratives
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 2:40-4:00 p.m.
Katwiwa Mule

The primary goal of this course is to examine how novels and short stories written by African women deal with issues such as colonialism, cultural change, and national reconstruction along egalitarian lines. Do African women's narratives treat gender in a self-conscious and oppositional way? Do their texts, as meeting grounds for a particular kind of testimony with theoretical concerns, correspond in any way to the European concept of ecriture feminine? How does the novel, in their hands, interweave African, Western narrative forms and influence? In addition to primary texts by writers such as Ama Ata Aidoo, Buchi Emecheta, Grace Ogot and Nawal el Saadawi, we will read short theoretical essays on African feminisms.

ENG 286b
Reading and Writing Autobiography
Thursday 1:00-2:50 p.m.
Ann Boutelle

In this workshop, we will explore, through reading and through writing, the presentation of self in autobiography. 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 in future writings. The reading list will consist of writings by twentieth-century women. Admission is by permission of the instructor. During the registration period, students should leave a sample of their writings at the English Department office, Wright 101.

ENG 303b
Virginia Woolf
Tuesday 1:00-2:50 p.m.
Robert Hosmer

A close study of representative texts from the rich variety of Woolf's work: novel, essay, biography, and short story. Preliminary, essential attention to the life, with particular concern for the Victorian/Edwardian world of Woolf's early years and the Bloomsbury Group. Works to be studies will include Mrs. Dalloway, To the Lighthouse, Orlando, The Waves, Between the Acts, A Room of One's Own, and Three Guineas, as well as essays drawn from The Common Reader and stories. Supplementary readings from biographies of Woolf and her own letters, journals, and diaries.

ENG 342b
The Brontes
Tuesday 1:00-2:50 p.m.
Cornelia Pearsall

A study of the lives and works of the remarkable Brontė sisters and their shadowy brother, exploring the literary, cultural and familial circumstances which aided and impeded the development of their art. Novels, poetry, and paintings by Charlotte Brontė, Emily Brontė, Anne Brontė and Branwell Brontė.

ENG 354b
Gender and Sexuality in Asian American Literature
Thursday 3:00-4:50 p.m.
Floyd Cheung

A study of contemporary Asian American literature with an emphasis on issues of race, gender, and sexuality. Dominant discourses figure Asian American men and women as effeminate "pets," hypermasculine members of the "yellow peril," sexually-available "lotus blossoms," and sexually- emasculating "dragon-ladies." Often, these stereotypes follow from rigid and oppressive assumptions tenuously connecting race, gender and sexuality. Asian American writers, theorists, and activists respond to these assumptions in a variety of ways. Texts will include essays by David Eng, Frank Chin, King-Kok Cheung, and Yen Le Espitiru; novels by R. Zamora Linmark, and Jessica Hagedorn; poetry by Kitty Tsui and Li-Young Lee, plays by David Henry Hwang and Velina Hasu Houston; short stories by Hisaye Yamamoto and Shani Mootoo; and films by Stephen Okazaki and Helen Lee.

FRN 230b
Black Francophone Women Writers
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:10-2:00 p.m.
Curtis Small

A study of literary and cultural topics through a variety of texts. Images of slavery, sexuality and France in the works of contemporary Black Women writers from Africa and the Caribbean. Such authors as Mariama Ba, Maryse Conde, and Simone Schwarz-Bart. (some readings may change) Readings and discussion in French.

GOV 204b
Urban Politics
Martha Ackelsberg

This course examines the growth and development of political communities in metropolitan areas in the United States, with specific reference to the experiences of women, black and white. It explores the social restructuring of space; the way patterns of urban development reflect and reinforce prevailing societal views on issues of race, sex and class; intergovernmental relations; and the efforts of people --through governmental action or popular movements -- to affect the nature and structure of the communities in which they live.

GOV 305b
Seminar in American Government: Law, Family and State
Monday, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Alice Hearst

Explores the status of the family in American political life and its role as a mediating structure between the individual and the state. Emphasis will be placed on the role of the courts in articulating the rights of the family and its members. Enrollment limited to 12, permission of the instructor required.

GOV 322b
Seminar in Comparative Government: Gender, Education and Democracy in Latin America
Tuesday 1:00-2:50 p.m.
Susan Bourque

The politics of gender, education, and democratic transformation will be examined in a range of countries. Prerequisite: GOV 226 or the equivalent. Enrollment limited. Permission of the instructor required.

HST 253b
Women in Modern Europe
Monday, Wednesday 1:10-2:30 p.m.
Ernest Benz

Sex and gender in work and family life from the 1600's to the present. Variations by religion, class, and age amid transformations in production and reproduction. Emphasis on concrete social history.

HST 259b
Aspects of African History: Race and Gender in Colonial Africa
Monday 7:00-9:30 p.m.
Jacqueline Woodfork

The creation and evolution of identities during the colonial period in Africa, among both colonizers and colonized, including women and children. themes include the exercise of power, resistance and complicity and the interdependent yet oppositional forces of identity formation. Use of literature as a historical source.

HST 383b
Research in U.S. Women's History: The Sophia Smith Collection
American Women in the 19th and 20th Centuries
Wednesday 1:10-3:00 p.m.
Daniel Horowitz

Enrollment limited. Permission of instructor required.

JUD 224b
Women in Rabbinic Literature
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
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.

PSY 366b
Women's Lives in Context
Tuesday 1:00-2:50 p.m.
Lauren Duncan

We will explore past and current theories and research about the psychology of women, with a focus on how women's experiences are shaped by their social contexts. Aspects of the social context considered in this class include race and ethnicity, social class, generation, and sexual orientation. We will examine how aspects of the social context interact to affect women's psychology and life experiences in complicated ways. Prerequisites: PSY 112a or b and PSY 266.

REL 244b
Feminist Reconstructions of Christian Doctrine
Kathryn Greene-McCreight

An introduction to traditional formulations of basic Christian doctrines and to some of their "reimaginings" offered by Christian feminist scholars. We will attempt to evaluate the extent to which such reconstructions resemble their traditional analogues, and to examine the assumptions about the very nature of doctrine and Christian confession on which such reformulations are built. Are the reconstructed doctrines telling the same story as the traditional doctrines were articulated to express? If not, why and with what results? What are the gains and losses of the feminist reconstructions of Christian doctrine?

SOC 315b
The Body In Society
Wednesday 1:10-4:00 p.m.
Libby Wheatley

In this seminar we will draw on sociological and interdisciplinary perspectives to consider features of the social construction, regulation, control, and experience of the body. Through diverse theoretical frameworks, we will view the body both as a product of discourses (such as medical knowledge and practice, media representations, and institutional regimens), and as an agent of social activities and interactions in daily life. We will consider the salience of bodies in constituting identities, relationships, and differences; as bases for inequalities and forms of oppression; and as sites of resistance and struggles for change. Enrollment limited to seniors.

SOC 323b
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.

WOST Program
Women of Color
Graduate Level
Winter 2000
Amherst College
Hampshire College
Mount Holyoke