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

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. This course is offered S/U & cannot be repeated for credit. 2 credits

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

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 230b Women, Struggle and Resistance in Africa, Asia, Latin America and The Middle East
Monday, Wednesday 2:40-4:00 p.m.

This class will introduce students to key issues that form a focus for women's situations and struggles in the Third World. Students will be asked to reflect on the relationship between women in industrialized countries and those in the Third World. The course will draw upon readings, videos, films, and case studies to form the basis of classroom discussion. Fulfills the Women of Color requirement outside the U.S. for UMass Women's Studies majors and minors.

WST 300b Sexual Histories, Lesbian Stories
Thursday 1:00-2:50 p.m.
Marilyn Schuster

In this seminar we will focus on three moments in twentieth-century gay and lesbian history: the publication and trial of Radclyffe Hall's The Well of Loneliness in 1928, the post World War II homophile movement in the U.S. in the 1950s (particularly the Daughters of Bilitis and The Ladder), and the intersections between the women's movement and the gay and lesbian movement from Stonewall (1969) through the 1970s in North America. We will study medical, scientific, legal, political and historical narratives as well as fiction produced by lesbian and bisexual women at these three moments. What contradictions and continuities mark the expression and social control of female sexualities that were considered transgressive at different moments and in different cultural contexts? Whose stories get told? How are they read? How can the multiple narratives of control, resistance and cultural expression be useful to us in the twenty-first century? Writers such as Radclyffe Hall, Virginia Woolf, Colette, Natalie Clifford Barney, Nella Larsen, Ann Bannon, Lorraine Hansberry, Jane Rule, Isabel Miller, Ann Shockley, Audre Lorde, Marga Gomez, Rita Mae Brown, Alexis DeVeaux, Cherríe Moraga, Gloria Anzaldúa and Monique Wittig will be considered. Prerequisites: WST 150 or 250 and one other Women's Studies course or permission of the instructor.

AAS 326b The Sociocultural Development of The Afro-American Woman
Tuesday 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 the Women of Color requirement inside the U.S. for UMass Women's Studies majors and minors.

ANT 254b South Asian Women: Narratives of Marginalization and Resistance
Tuesday, Thursday 10:30-11:50 a.m.
Ravina Aggarwal

This course addresses the representations of South Asian women in colonial, nationalist, and postcolonial discourses. Through readings drawn from ethnographic, historical, literary, and popular cultural sources, it assesses feminist interventions in debates over nationalism, sexuality, caste, class, environment, and globalization. It also traces the stories and histories of personal and collective actions by South Asian women.

ANT 342b Marriage and Motherhood
Tuesday 3:00-4:50 p.m.
Suzanne Gottschang

This course examines the role of marriage and motherhood in the shaping and defining of women's identities and in structuring gender relations. It will also investigate how marriage and motherhood operate in the production and reproduction of social, economic and political institutions and relations. Using readings from anthropology, history, and literature the course will contextualize contemporary East Asian, African, and Latin American forms of marriage and motherhood in anthropological and feminist theory and history.

CLT 230b "Unnatural" Women: Mothers Who Kill Their Children
Monday, Wednesday 7:30-9:30 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 268b Latina and Latin American Women Writers
Tuesday, Thursday 10:30-11:50 a.m.
Michele Joffroy

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 Anzaldúa, 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. Fulfills the Women of Color requirement inside the U.S. for UMass Women's Studies majors and minors.

CLT 315b Gender Issues in African Women's Narratives
Thursday 1:00-2:50 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. Fulfills the Women of Color requirement outside the U.S. for UMass Women's Studies majors and minors.

EAL 261b Major Themes in Literature: East-West Perspectives: Gendered Fate
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11:00-12:10 p.m.
Sabina Knight

Is fate indifferent along lines of gender? What (and whose) interests are served by appeals to destiny? Close readings of women's narratives of desire, courtship, sexuality, prostitution and rape will explore how belief in inevitability mystifies the gender-based oppression of social practices and institutions. Are love, marriage and mothering biological imperatives? What are love, seduction and desire if not freely chosen? Or is freely chosen love merely a Western ideal? How might women write to overcome fatalistic discourses that shape the construction of female subjectivity and agency? Works by Simone de Beauvoir, André Chedid, Hayashi Fumiko, Nadine Gordimer, Toni Morrison, Wang Anyi and Zhang Jie. All readings in English translation.

ENG 120b Coming-of-Age Narratives
Thursday 10:30-11:50 a.m.
Janis Greve

A study of literature that tells stories of growing up and probes the construction of identity in terms of masculinity, femininity, race, and ethnicity. We will look at the narrative conventions of coming-of-age stories across different genre, and investigate the topics of self-conscious, transformative human experience. Readings will include a play by Sophocles; poetry by Wordsworth, Whitman, Dickinson and Plath; novels by Charlotte Brontë and Edwidge Danticat; memoirs by Susanna Hawthorne, Hemingway, Baldwin, Ann Petry, Gish Jen and Hisaye Yamamoto.

ENG 278b Writing Women: Asian American Women Writers
Monday, Wednesday 1:10-2:30 p.m.
Floyd Cheung

The body of literature written by Asian American women over the past one hundred years has been recognized as forming coherent tradition. What conditions enabled its emergence? How have the qualities and concerns of this tradition been defined? What makes a text central or marginal to the tradition? Writers to be studied include Amy Tan, Sui Sun Far, Joy Kogawa, Chitra Divakaruni, Marilyn Chin, Maxine Hong Kingston, and Jessica Hagedorn. Fulfills the Women of Color requirement inside the U.S. for UMass Women's Studies majors and minors.

ENG 286b Reading and Writing Autobiography
Tuesday 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 Dept office, Wright 101.

ENG 342b Studies in 19th-Century Literature
Wednesday 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Cornelia Pearsall

Topic for Spring 2001: The Brontës. A study of the lives and works of the remarkable Brontë 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 Brontë, Emily Brontë, Anne Brontë and Branwell Brontë.

ENG 378b Seminar: Writing Women Monday, Wednesday 1:10-2:30p.m. Sharon Seelig

Topic: Early Modern Writers and the Art of Renaissance Self-fashioning. A consideration of a wide variety of texts by 17th-century women--diaries, letters, and memoirs; poems (sonnets, personal and religious lyrics); drama; and prose fiction-- with some of the following questions in mind: what self-conceptions or forms of self-representation shape these writings? To what extent are these texts informed by external considerations or genres--by romance, religious autobiography, poetic or narrative conventions--or by expectations of an ending? What kinds of assumptions or preconceptions does the modern reader bring to these texts? Seminars are for juniors and seniors only or by petition and permission.

FRN 230b Black Francophone Women Writers
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:00-9:50 a.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 Bâ, Maryse Condé, and Simone Schwarz-Bart. Readings and discussion in French. Fulfills the Women of Color requirement outside the U.S. for UMass Women's Studies majors and minors.

FRN 340b Women Writers & Images of Women in 17th Century French Literature
Monday, Wednesday 2:40-4:00 p.m.
Hélène Visentin

The course will examine the representation of women in 17th century society through different literary genres and will analyze texts by women authors. The relations between these representations and the social and historical context will be central to our study of this period. Topics will include the transition from the Baroque to Classicism, and the evolution of dominant intellectual and political currents such as rationalism and absolutism. Texts by Corneille, Molière, Marie-Madeleine de La Fayette, Madeleine de Scudéry, Madame de Sévigné, La Bruyère. Readings and discussion in French.

FRN 392b Topics In Culture: "Family Values" In The Enlightenment
Tuesday 1:00-2:50 p.m.
Janie Vanpée

The debate over woman's changing legal, civil, social, sexual and cultural status and her role in the family as represented in the fiction and philosophical texts of the Enlightenment. Readings from l'Abbé Prévost, Françoise de Graffigny, Diderot, Rousseau, Isabelle de Charrière, the Encyclopédie, Laclos, Sade and some legal documents and treatises. Readings and discussion in French. Prerequisite: one FRN course at the 300 level.

GOV 311b Seminar In Urban Politics
Tuesday 3:00-4:50 p.m.
Martha Ackelsberg

Topic: The Politics of Urban Social Movements. An exploration of theoretical and case-study material on social movements in the urban context. We'll be looking at both historical and contemporary studies of groups that have organized in an urban context to resist structures and practices of domination and/or to envision new urban social environments. Questions to be explored include: What is the relationship between workplace-based and community-based movements? What have been the particular roles of women in urban movements? How are patterns of consciousness and activism constructed by the interaction of race, class, and gender?

GOV 367b Seminar In Political Theory: Queer Theory
Tuesday 3:00-4:50 p.m.
Gary Lehring

An exploration of the lesbian and gay political movement in the United States, this seminar will begin with the invention of the medical model of "homosexuality" in the 19th century and trace the rise of a lesbian/gay/bisexual political movement through the 20th century. The course will adopt an historical approach, examining issues of policy, politics and identity from within these different time periods, including an examination of the rise in lesbian and gay multiculturalism and the advent of lesbian and gay studies as an academic discipline. Prerequisite: 100 or a course in feminist theory.

HST 253b Women In Modern Europe
Monday, Wednesday 11:00-12:10 p.m. with discussion
Ernest Benz

Sex and gender in work and family life fromthe 1600's to the present. How physiology, inheritance customs, modes of production, and choices regarding marriage and childbearing formed women's experiences. Evidence from a mother's memoirs for her children, proverbs, statistics on breastfeeding, the first feminist newspaper, voting patterns, and televised debates over divorce. Emphasis on concrete social history.

ITL 344b Modern Italian Literature Italian Women Writers
Monday, Wednesday 3:00-4:20 p.m.
Monica Farnetti

Topic: Mothers and Daughters. 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.

MUS 100b Music And Gender In Cross-Cultural Perspective
Tuesday, Thursday 9:00-10:20 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.

POR 221b The Brazilian Body: Representing Women in Brazil's Literature and Culture
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:10-2:30 p.m.
Marguerite Itamar Harrison

This course raises questions about gender, race, class and stereotype through narratives and images of women's bodies in 19th and 20th century Brazil. Works by writers such as Jorge Amado, Clarice Lispector, Ana Miranda and Marilene Felinto, and artists Tarsila do Amaral, Emiliano Di Cavalcanti, Lygia Clark, and Rosana Paulino, among others, will be studied with the aim of addressing traditional cultural biases about beauty, sexuality, and Brazilian national identity. Readings and discussions will be in Portuguese and English, with one class meeting a week for the entire group and a second one based on students' language ability. Knowledge of Portuguese is not necessary, but students who are competent in it will have a separate discussion section. Fulfills the Women of Color requirement outside the U.S. for UMass Women's Studies majors and minors.

REL 110b Women Mystics' Theology of Love
Monday, Wednesday 2:40-4:00 p.m.
Elizabeth Carr

This course studies the mystical writings of Hildegard of Bingen, Hadewijch, Julian of Norwich, and Teresa of Avila, and their relevance to contemporary spirituality. Focus on their life journeys in terms of love, creativity, healing, and spiritual leadership. Occasional films.

REL 244b Feminist Reconstructions of Christian Doctrine
Tuesday, Thursday 10:30-11:50 a.m.
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?

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

Topic: Women, Feminism, and Spirituality. A critical examination of a variety of contemporary Jewish women's approaches to the study and practice of Torah. Women's new roles as interpreters and scholars, with particular attention to Bible, midrashic commentary, liturgy, and ritual. How do women negotiate traditional genres as they express new concerns? Tensions between continuity and innovation, and between inclusion and transformation. Prerequisite: either REL 235, REL 236, a course in Jewish Studies, or permission of the instructor

SOC 315b The Body in Society
Tuesday 1:00-2:50 p.m.
Elizabeth 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.

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