HACU/SS 105 The "Debate on Women" in Early Modern Europe
Monday, Wednesday 10:30-11:50 a.m.
Lisa Shapiro
Jutta Sperling

With her criticism of the misogynist representation of women in Jean de Meung's Romance of the Rose in 1405, Christine de Pizan launched what was to become a centuries-long debate on women and gender. Female and male writers, philosophers, and scientists continued to debate how the "nature" of women was to be defined: Were they part of the human species? Were they inferior or superior to men? What role should they play in marriage? Were they capable of intellectual achievements? If so, how were they supposed to be educated? What role did they play in conception? What were their moral qualities? How were they supposed to be represented in literature? Should they participate in the public sphere? In this course, we will closely examine the philosophical arguments male and female writers made "against" or "in favor of" women, and discuss the historical context in which they occurred.

HACU 235 "Odd" Women: Gender, Class, and Victorian Culture
Tuesday, Thursday 10:30-11:50 a.m.
Lise Sanders

In this course, we will analyze a number of female types found in Victorian fiction, poetry, and criticism - the governess, the fallen woman, the shopgirl, and the 'new woman', to name just a few -- who figure centrally in debates over marriage, work, and the changing position of women in nineteenth-century Britain. Although our reading will range from the late 1840s to the beginning of the twentieth century, we will focus primarily on two historical periods, the 1850s-1860s and the 1890s, during which the "woman question" was hotly debated in the press and in fiction. Topics for discussion will include the convergence of gender, sexuality and politics in late-Victorian feminist and socialist reform movements; the role of class in defining women's experience; and women's conflicted participation in British imperialism. Students will be encouraged to conduct primary research on nineteenth-century women's history in local archives.

HACU 236
Theorizing Multiculturalism
Wednesday 2:30-5:20 p.m.
Bethany Ogdon

The term "multiculturalism" now circulates widely, bothwithin the academy and without. The term is understood to describe a political, social, and cultural movement which aims to respect a multiplicity of diverging perspectives outside of dominant cultural traditions and ideologies. Multiculturalism is closely associated with political struggles for recognition and focuses on the specific significance of class, race, gender, sexuality, and ethnicity in these struggles. Until recently there has been relatively little theorization of multiculturalism as a dominant academic and cultural movement; however in the past few years this movement has become the focus of growing debate and critique. This course will use a range of the current literature to explore those debates and critiques, to explore what we might call "the politics of multiculturalism," and introduce students to a number of theoretical and political positions taken up within academic multiculturalism (including theories of recognition, post-Marxism, post colonialism, critical race theory, and feminism). The main texts for this course will include Cornell West's Beyond Eurocentrism and Multiculturalism, Cynthia Willett's edited anthology Theorizing Multiculturalism: A Guide to the Current Debate, and Stephen May's anthology Critical Multiculturalism: Rethinking Multicultural and Anti-Racist Education. There will also be a xeroxed reader of selected essays.

Blacks and Russia
Tuesday, Thursday 2:00-3:20 p.m.
Kara Lynch
Robert Coles

This course will investigate the black experience, African people and their descendants in Russian society, and history from the Imperial Age to the present. We will study the history of Russian attitudes about blacks, and, conversely, the image of Russians among blacks, including visitors, expatriates, and immigrants who stayed. We will direct our attention mainly, but not solely, to writers and artists, e.g. Ira Aldridge and Paul Robeson, whose careers were affected by their sojourn. In conjunction, we will consider Russian representations of Blackness in art, literature, film and music up to the present. Our readings will include history, political theory, and social sychology. We will also look at texts by authors, such as L. Hughes, I Wonder as I Wander; Andrea Lee, Russian Journal; Nancy Prince, A Black Woman's Odyssey Through Russia; and Alexander Pushkin, "Negro of Peter the Great".

HACU 315 Reading the Romance: Women and the Texts of Popular Culture
Wednesday 2:30-5:20 p.m.
Lise Sanders

This seminar is designed for advanced students in literature and cultural studies, gender studies, film and media studies. The course takes as its central concern a subject dear to the hearts and pens of Anglo-American writers and social critics since the early nineteenth century: the endangerment of femininity as a result of the voracious consumption of popular romances. We will begin by asking the following questions: How have cultural critics historically viewed the practice of reading and its influence on women? What types of texts were girls and young women encouraged to read, and conversely, which texts were considered degrading to their morals and conduct? How have women's reading practices changed over the past two centuries, and how are they perceived in our own time? We will read the work of novelists and essayists alongside medical and psychological accounts of the effects of "instructive" and "harmful" reading in an effort to explore the workings of fantasy, identification, and desire as elements of the reading process. Areas of study will include Gothic fiction, the woman's film of the 1940s, contemporary films, soap operas and other media. The goal of our analysis will be to view reading in its larger social context, examining this activity as an individual interpretive practice as well as a signifier of changing cultural structures and perceptions.

IA 185
West African Literature
Monday, Wednesday 1:00-2:20 p.m.
Robert Coles

We will trace the development of West African letters in the 20th century. Specifically, we will focus primarily on how West African literature evolved in relationship to the slave trade and, later, colonialism, and we will discuss the impact of regional events, such as the Negritude movement, Pan Africanism, and the spread of Islam. We will also examine African writers in relationship to cultural issues. For example how have oral expression and indigenous languages affected written texts? What has been the impact of African writers on traditional African society? Whenever possible, we will make comparisons between African literature and African people in the world, especially Africans in the Americas. Texts will include the following: Rene Maran (Batouala), Flora Nwapa (Efuru), Chinua Achebe (Things Fall Apart), Ama Ata Aidoo (Dilemma of a Ghost), Wole Soyinka (The Strong Breed), Amos Tutola (Palm Wine Drinkard), Aminata Sow Fall, David Diop, John Pepper Clark, and others.

IA 204 The Female Playmakers: Women Playwrights In Eighteenth And Nineteenth Century
Tuesday, Thursday 10:30-11:50
Ellen Donkin

This course will use the plays and correspondence of a small group of women playwrights in the late eighteenth and nineteenth 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 eighteenth-century critics and selected twentieth-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.

SS 126
Social Movements and Social Change
Tuesday, Thursday 12:30-1:50 p.m.
Margaret Cerullo

This course will examine key questions about the origins, dynamics and institutionalization of social movements. We will both read theoretical materials and use them to analyze two case studies in the post-war U.S.: the Black Civil Rights Movement and the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender movement. This will be a project-oriented Division I class in which students will have the opportunity to research other social movements that interest them. The following are the kinds of questions we will address: What kinds of conditions prompt people to organize for social change? How do people become mobilized to participate in social movements? How does participation in social movements consolidate, transform, or unsettle personal and collective identities? How does the larger social, cultural, and political context create opportunities for and constrain the prospects of social movements? What roles do the state, the media, and founders play in diffusing, framing, and containing protest? How and under what constraints do social movements and movement organizations structure themselves, form agendas, articulate goals, decide on tactics? Deal with internal differences? Evaluate success and failure? What are the conditions for the success of social movements?

SS 214
United States Labor History
Tuesday, Thursday 12:30-1:50 p.m.
Laurie Nisonoff

This course will explore the history of the American working class from the mid-19th century to the present. We will use traditional historical concepts such as industrialism and trade unions, immigration, and organization; integrate the insights of the "new social and labor history" to focus on unionization, strikes, and development of working-class communities, consciousness and culture; and work to understand a working class divided along race, ethnic, and gender lines. Strategies employed by industrialists and the state to mold and control the working class will be considered, along with responses and strategies employed by the working class to gain political and economic power. This class is an introduction to and essential component of concentrations in labor studies, political economy, American studies, and feminist studies.

SS 215 Politics of the Abortion Rights Movememt
Tuesday, Thursday 2:00-3:20 p.m.
Marlene Fried

Abortion rights continue to be contested in the U.S. and throughout the world. Since the legalization of abortion in the U.S. in 1973, there have been significant erosions in abortion rights and access to abortion. Harassment of abortion clinics, providers, and clinic personnel by opponents of abortion is routine, and there have been several instances of deadly violence. This course examines the abortion debate in the U.S. looking historically at the period before legalization up to the present. We explore the ethical, political and legal dimensions of the issue and investigate the anti-abortion and abortion rights movements. We view the abortion battle in the U.S. in the wider context of reproductive freedom. Specific topics of inquiry include: abortion worldwide, coercive contraception and sterilization abuse, welfare rights, population control, and the criminalization of pregnancy.

SS 260 Changing the Theories of Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis and Ideas about Gender
Tuesday, Thursday 10:30-11:50 a.m.
Martha Hadley

The last hundred years have seen the emergence of the inter-related areas of clinical psychology, psychotherapy, and psychoanalysis into a field with a range of methods and theories about the nature of the human psyche as well as the treatment of those with emotional difficulties. Central to all these theories are ideas about the development of personality, character, self, identity and gender. These ideas have been shaped by the issues and social theories of the last century both within the social sciences as well as from the larger, post-modern world. The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of contemporary clinical theories, including each theory's views on the development of gender. Changing perspectives on gender and gender orientation will be followed as a thread of both continuity and change through the history of psychology and psychoanalysis from the end of the nineteenth to cusp of the twenty-first century. Students should have completed at least one course in psychology prior to registering for this course.

SS 271 Feminist Theory Seminar
Wednesday 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Margaret Cerullo

This course will look at discussions and debates within contemporary feminist theory. Topics will include feminism and psychoanalysis, feminism and race, feminism and economics, post colonial feminisms, feminism and the liberal state, queer theory and feminism. We will examine how these juxtapositions challenge and destabilize the terms of each pair, and certainly dispel any sense that contemporary feminism or feminist theory is monolithic. Among the writers we will study are Gloria Anzaldua, Cherrie Moraga, bell hooks, e. Frances White, Kimberly Crenshaw, Jacqueline Rose, Juliet Mitchell, Elizabeth Grosz, Dorothy Roberts, Hortense Spillers, Barbara Johnson, Gayatri Spivak, Carole Pateman, and Judith Butler. Instructor permission is required

SS 311 Women And Work
Wednesday 1:00-3:50 p.m.
Laurie Nisonoff

This research workshop 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. We examine 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. This course is organized as a seminar with students assuming substantial responsibility for discussion. Prerequisite: Some background in feminist studies, political economy, history, or politics is expected.

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