WST 100b Issues in Queer Studies [2 credits] - Section 01
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, students will learn about subject areas, methodological issues and resources in queer studies. Graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory only.

WST 100b Issues in Queer Studies: Expanded and Integrated
[4 credits] - Section 02
Thursday 7:30-9:00 p.m., Friday 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Gary Lehring

This course combines the lectures of WST 100 with a weekly discussion meeting. Students will pursue the topics in greater depth through additional reading and writing assignments.

WST 150b Introduction to Women's Studies
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11:00am-12:10 p.m.
Elisabeth Armstrong
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. Primarily for first and second year students.

WST 225b Women and the Law
Tuesday, Thursday 9:00-10:20 a.m.
Gwendolyn Mink

This course will examine constitutional interpretations and statutory innovations affecting women's legal status and gender justice. Using case law as our starting point, we will consider the interaction between law and gender relations; the achievements and limitations of women's rights victories; and the impact of gender-conscious law and legal reform on women of different races, classes, and sexualities. Readings and lectures will focus on legal aspects of the following problems: women's constitutional citizenship; discrimination in the labor market; poverty law and women's social rights; sex/gender violence; and pornography.

WST 235b Youth Culture and Gender
Tuesday, Thursday 9:00-10:20 a.m.
Elisabeth Armstrong

This course examines the corporate sales pitch to young consumers as well as low budget cultural productions to ask what constitutes "youth culture" in the U.S.. We will discuss a wide range of mainstream and subcultural material for and by American youth, from movies and music to body politics, Riot Grrls and DIY (do it yourself) publications. We will explore their additions to (and transformations of) national, regional and local conversations about gender and feminism in the U.S. today. Course includes 2 video projects. Extensive knowledge about editing and filming is not required.

WST 312b Queer Resistances: Identities, Communities, and Social Movements
Thursday 1:00-2:50 p.m.
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.

WST 315b Sexual Histories, Lesbian Stories
Tuesday 3:00-4:50 p.m., Thursday 3:00-5:00 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.

WST 330b Women's Movements, Feminisms and the State
Wednesday 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Gwendolyn Mink

This course examines varied gender-conscious political mobilizations by U.S. women, their ideologies, and their claims; considers the impact of feminist political thinking about citizenship and social inequality on movement goals and achievements; analyzes racialized gender dynamics in feminist politics and racialized gender consequences of various ideologies and claims.

WST 335b Women, Struggle and Resistance in Africa, Asia, Latin America & the Middle East
Thursday 3:00-4:50 p.m.
Kum-Kum Bhavnani

This seminar aims to introduce students to key issues that form a focus for women's situations and struggles in the Third World. We will also ask students 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.

AAS 366 Contemporary Topics in Afro-American Studies: Womanist/Feminist Thought
TBA
Paula Giddings

Because women of African descent stand squarely at the intersection of race, class, gender and sexuality, courses which focus on them also speak to wider understandings of how race--black and non-black; gender--women and men; sexuality--gay/queer and heterosexual, shape academic discourse and our everyday lives. This interdisciplinary course will provide a historical overview of womanist/feminist thought--with the experience of African-American women at its center. The course will be organized around three major frameworks that have at once shaped womanist/feminist thought, and suppressed it: the perception of black women's sexuality in Western thought; the privileging of race over gender in activist discourse; and the role of gender in nationalist movements. Permission of the instructor required.

AMS 221 Women's History Through Documentary
Tuesday, Thursday 1:00-2:50 p.m.
Joyce Follet

The course surveys U.S. women's history from the colonial period to the present as depicted in documentaries. The class proceeds along two lines of inquiry, content and form. Through screenings of historical documentaries supplemented by lectures, readings, and discussion, the course moves chronologically through an examination of major themes in women's experience: family, community, work, sexuality, and politics. At the same time, the class develops a critical assessment of documentary as a form, with attention to its effectiveness in portraying the past, its importance as a source of history for the general public, and the funding and political constraints on its production and distribution.

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

This course starts by examining the representations of South Asian women in colonial and postcolonial discourses. It assesses personal and collective acts of resistance and feminist interventions in debates around nationalism, violence, religion, caste, sexuality, family, and development. Class discussions are based on narratives drawn from ethnographic, historical, and literary sources as well as guest lectures and films.

ANT 347b Writing Culture Through Fiction
Tuesday 3:00-4:50 p.m.
Ravina Aggarwal

How does fiction convey cultural and ethnographic truths? This course examines some of the political and poetic modes of cultural representation through topics that range from magical realism to multiculturalism, from genre to gender and racial identity, from postcolonial literature to writing for advocacy. Readings include theoretical works by literary critics, fictional texts that have made a powerful impact on ethnography, and novels, plays and short stories written by anthropologists.

ARH 101b Approaches to Visual Representation: Women in the Arts
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:00-9:50 a.m.
Nina James Fowler

In this course we will survey the roles of women in the arts, as patronesses, artists, architects, clients and collectors. The course will be organized around ten women from a variety of periods, cultures and professions.

CLS 233b 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 difference 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 representation; the relationship between representation and reality.

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

A study of the literary fairy tale in Europe from the 1690s to the 1990s, with emphasis on the ways women have written, rewritten, and transformed them. Some attention to oral story-telling and to related stories in other cultures. Writers will include Aulnoy, Perrault, le Prince de Beaumont, the Grimms, Andersen, Christina Rossetti, Angela Carter, Sexton, 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 Anzaldúa, Sandra Cisneros, Judith Ortiz Cofer, Denise Chávez, Demetria Martínez, 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 have the permission of the instructor.

CLT 279b Women Writers of the Middle Ages
Monday, Wednesday 1:10-2:30 p.m.
Nancy Bradbury Eglal Doss-Quinby

This course provides an introduction to the major women authors of the Middle Ages, translated from medieval Latin, English, French, and Occitan, and spanning the tenth to the fifteenth centuries. Genres represented include love letters, lais, lyric poetry, liturgical poetry and drama, mystical meditations, and spiritual autobiography. A final segment focuses on Christine de Pizan, an author renowned for her revisionist accounts of mythology and history in favor of women. Recommended for students who have taken a 200-level course in literature or a course in some aspect of medieval culture.

CLT 315b Feminist Novel in Africa
Tuesday, Thursday 10:30-11:50 p.m.
Katwiwa Mule

We will examine how novels written by African women in post-independence Africa deal with the legacy of colonialism, cultural changes, and national reconstruction as they affect African women. Do African women's narratives treat gender in a self-conscious and oppositional way? How does the novel, in their hands, interweave African and Western narrative forms and for what purpose? Texts will include Ama Ata Aidoo's Changes: A Love Story, Buchi Emecheta's The Joys of Motherhood, Mariama Bâ's Scarlet Song, and Nawal el Saadawi's Two Women in One, and theortical essays by contemporary African feminist theorists such as Obioma Nnaemeka, Molara Ogundipe-Leslie and Carole Boyce Davies.

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 by permission of the instructor. During pre-registration period, a writing sample should be delivered to the English Department office in Wright Hall.

GER 227b When Men Were Women: The Women's Role in Medieval German Lyric
Monday, Wednesday 2:40-4:00 p.m.
Mary Paddock

The vast majority of medieval poems are attributed to men, but an astonishing number of these clearly present a women's perspective. Did these poet-performers want to express their feminine side? Were they trying to impress women with their sensitivity? This course will examine major artists of the Germanic High Middle Ages such as Walther von der Vogelweide, Hartmann von Aue, Reinmar der Walte and Wolfram von Eshenbach, as well as the poets who influenced them. Attention will also be given to the development of woman's role in the lyric of other European cultures of the time. Readings and discussions in English. No previous knowledge of German or medieval literature required.

GOV 364b Feminist Theory
Tuesday 3:00-4:50 p.m.
Martha Ackelsberg

An examination of feminism as a force in politics, with special attention to contestation over the meaning of feminism among feminist thinkers and in the broader public. Readings from Mary Wollstonecraft to Katha Pollitt. Prerequisites: Previous coursework in political theory or Women's Studies.

HST 253b Women in Modern Europe
Tuesday, Thursday 1:00-2:20 p.m.
Jennifer Hall-Witt

Women's social, economic, cultural and political roles from the French Revolution to the present. Special attention to France, Britain, Russia and Germany and to mass movements for suffrage, peace, women's rights and revolution. Sources include films, novels, political treatises and memoirs.

HST 270 Gender and Community in Antebellum New England
Tuesday, Thursday 9:00-10:20 a.m.
Kathleen Nutter

In this course we will examine antebellum New England society during a period of incredible transformation - including the industrial revolution and the formation of the middle class, the rise of abolitionism and of the women's rights movement, urban growth and westward expansion. This transformation led, in part, to the creation of a New England identity that is with us still today. While issues of race and class were integral components of the transformation, the gendered quality of such sweeping change was transformative itself and a gendered analysis within the historical context will shape the approach of this colloquium throughout the semester.

HST 383b Research in U.S. Women's History: The Sophia Smith Collection:
Wednesday 1:10-3:00 p.m.
Helen Horowitz

Topic for 2001-02: American Women in the 19th and 20th Centuries.

PSY 340b Gender and the Life Course
TBA
Maureen Mahoney

A seminar on the development of gender identity. Special attention will be given to critical reading of psychological theory and research on gender identification. Topics will include a comparative analysis of psychoanalytic, social-learning and cognitive-developmental theories. Recent work in feminist theory and the psychology of gender will be used as a counterpoint to classical formulations.

REL 110b Women Mystics' Theology of Love
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:00-10:50 a.m.
Elizabeth Carr

This course studies the strories, poetry and writings of Brigit of Ireland, Julian of Norwich, Catherine of Siena, Teresa of Avila, Sojourner Truth, Simone Weil, Dorothy Day, Laura Lopez, Cho Wha Soon and Edwina Gately, and examines their relevance to contemporary spirituality. Focus on life journeys in terms of love, justice, healing and spiritual leadership. Occasional films.

SOC 314b Latina/o Racial Identities in the United States
Tuesday 1:00-2:50 p.m.
Ginetta Candelario

This seminar will explore theories of race and ethnicity, and the manner in which those theories have been confronted, challenged and/or assimilated by Latina/os in the United States. Special attention will be paid to the relationship of Latina/os to the white/black dichotomy. A particular concern throughout the course will be the theoretical and empirical relationship between Latina/o racial, national, class, gender and sexual identities. Students will be expected to engage in extensive and intensive critical reading and discussion of course texts.

SOC 315b The Body and Society
Thursday 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.

SOC 323b Seminar: Gender and Social Change
Wednesday 1:10-3:00 p.m.
Nancy Whittier

Theory and research on the construction of and change in gender categories in the United States, with particular attention to social movements that seek to change gender definitions and stratification, including both feminist and anti-feminist movements. Theoretical frameworks are drawn from feminist theory and social movement theory. Readings 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 sexual orientation with gender, and the growth of a politics of identity. Case studies include feminist, lesbian and gay, right-wing, self help, anti-abortion, and pro-choice movements.

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