HAMPSHIRE COLLEGE WOMEN'S STUDIES COURSES - Spring 2003

School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies
School of Interdisciplinary Arts
School of Natural Science
School of Social Science
Emily Dickinson Hall
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HACU 160 Collage Meets Feminist Theory
Wednesday 1:00-500 p.m.
Mariangeles Soto-Diaz

In this course we will be looking at the collage as art form, technique and, more importantly, a site for exploring critical feminist issues. Starting with Miriam Schapiro's Femmage, we will read feminist theory as fuel for the content of our collages. We will look at images by cubists, dadaists, surrealists and pop artists, while also paying close attention to the work of women and artists of color who have used collage to approach content through other angles. In the studio, we will recycle and put together images, detritus, puns, bits and pieces, odds and ends, taking them out of old contexts and transforming them in new ones to create multiple patterns and meanings.

HACU 167
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Introduction to Television Theory and Practice in Contemporary American Culture
Tuesday, Thursday 9:00-10:20
Bethany Ogdon

In this course you will be introduced to a diverse range of important critical work in the field of television studies, as well as to a number of pertinent cultural theory texts. These writings will inform our consideration of contemporary social trends in relation to televisual representation. We will examine television phenomena such as the rise of MTV in the early 80s, Fox Television's post-Cosby programming, post-feminist network programs such as Ally McBeal, Ellen, and Dharma and Greg, reality television (daytime talk shows, police reality programming), home shopping networks, and contemporary saturation news coverage of national events (for instance, the Clinton/Lewinsky event). These phenomena will be read in the contexts of a) television theory, b) earlier eras in television history, and c) wider cultural trends. The goal of the course is to arrive at an idea of how television functions within U.S. national culture and as U.S. national culture. Central questions addressed in this class include: What is the interrelationship between the political economy of television and developments in late-20th century American politics? What is the relationship between the rise of multiculturalism/identity politics and developments in television programming? What is the role of television in the formation of both national and individual identity? Is television a fundamental component of modern democracy or is it does it contribute to democracy's degeneration? There will be a separate screening time required.

HACU 170 Philosophies of Race and Gender
Tuesday, Thursday 10:30-11:50 a.m.
Monique Roelofs

How do feminist philosophies and critical race theories conceptualize questions of difference such as race and ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation, modes of embodiment, economic inequalities, colonial legacies, and structures of cross-cultural exchange? What place should developmental, constructed, and transformative aspects of identities take in a philosophical account of experience, embodiment, and art/power/knowledge configurations? This course will explore these questions by studying the following focus-points: whiteness and blackness as modes of being-in-the-world; masculinities and femininities as configurations that travel among persons and social contexts; phenomenological and existential structures of a politics of emotion and address; aesthetic possibilities for transformation in contemporary, global market cultures; categories of gender, race, and ethnicity, their bases in distributions of gendered and raciated subjectivities, their analytical interconnections (e.g. forms of racialization as forms of feminization), and their ties to notions of consciousness and agency; conceptions of communities and publics and the phenomenon of shifting constitutive exclusions.

HACU 173
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Evolving Notions of Heroines and Heroes
Monday, Wednesday 1:00-2:20 p.m.
Sarah Wilburn

This course will look at evolving notions of literary heroines and heroes in (mainly) British literature from the mid-nineteenth through the early twentieth centuries. During the time of industrialization, increasing urbanization, and social change, there is a corresponding change in the types of characters, heroines and heros, in literature. Through our readings, we will centrally explore various modes in novel writing, including verse novels, big novels, humorous novels, and experimental forms at the turn of the century. Regular attendance, three to four essays, and discussion participation will be required. We will read several of the following works: Elizabeth Gaskell, Cranford, Charlotte Bronte, Villette, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Aurora Leigh,Walt Whitman, from Leaves of Grass, Marie Corelli, Romance of Two Worlds, Mrs. Humphry Ward, Robert Elsmere, Grant Allen, The Woman Who Did, Thomas Hardy, Jude the Obscure, Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway.

HACU 186
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Degas, van Gogh, Gauguin
Tuesday, Thursday 10:30-11:50 a.m.
Sura Levine

Edgar Degas, Vincent van Gogh, and Paul Gauguin each hold a special place in our popular imagination and in art historical studies. While each of these artists was associated with the avant-garde in late 19th century France, their lives and imagery have been the subjects of films, and myriad exhibitions and the resulting recent critical reassessment; their imagery also can be found on mugs, calendars, and even clothing. This course will focus on these three artists, primarily as historical figures but we also will look into their present positions in visual culture. In so doing, students will gain mastery of different art historical methods, from formalism and the social historical, to the psychoanalytic, post-structuralist, feminist, and post-colonialist.

HACU 202 Introduction to Textual Studies: Jane Austen's Mansfield Park
Monday, Wednesday 10:30-11:50 a.m.
Sanders

Jane Austen's Mansfield Park, a novel that engages early 19th-century debates over property and power, imperial economics and national identity, and the gendering of social and familial conduct, has alternately frustrated and intrigued readers since its publication in 1814. Readings in this section will include interpretations of Mansfield Park from different critical perspectives, as well as examples of cultural context, both from the period in which the novel was written and from subsequent periods. In our readings and in class discussions, we will also enter into current conversations over the status of history-fact or fiction?-and consider what it means to read, write, and interpret historical narratives. As a coda to the course, we will examine the boundary between literary and non-literary texts: first, by attempting to read several "non-literary" texts as literature; and secondly, by reading two "literary" works which self-critically provide their own reflections on literary and critical practices.

HACU 225 The Other South: Multiple Narratives In Southern Literature & History
Tuesday, Thursday 10:30-11:50 a.m.
L. Brown Kennedy Susan Tracy

Constructed as almost a mythic fiction by its own major novelists and historians, stereotyped in the popular media, the "South" is also a multiple set of stories told by former slaves and slaveholders, women in kitchens and fields, workers in mines and factories. Through analysis of the fiction and autobiography of its writers, together with discussion of major debates in the current historical scholarship, this course seeks to introduce you to South(s) of starkly contrasting geographies and economies and of diverse peoples, The class will trace themes that span the period from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement: the defense and critique of the plantation South, the growing split between rural life and urban life, relations among the races (black, white and Native American) and between men and women, the role of family, religion, memory and myth making.

HACU 248 Woman as Director of Film/Video: Another History
Tuesday 12:30-3:20 p.m.
Joan Braderman

This course examines the role of women in film and videomaking as auteurs, artists, activists, theorists, critics, and entrepreneurs, from the 20s in Hollywood, when there were more women directing films than at any time since, to the burst of collective creative power in virtually every form engendered by the sixties and seventies women's movement. We will examine the differences in context for work proposed by the dominant cinema and television industries, on the one hand, and the various national political and alternative aesthetic spaces that have brought the "feminine sensibility" behind the camera as well as in front of it. The teens and 20s films of Weber, Shub, Dulac; of Arzner and Deren, Sagan, Riefenstahl in the 30s and 40s; then Varda, Chytilova, Duras, Maldorer, Gomez Riechert, Von Trotta, Rainer, Ackerman, Export, Friedrich, Savoco and Bigelow, contemporary video artists and producers such as Rosler, Birnbaum, Jonas, and Halleck will be examined in their own specific economic, political, and aesthetic contexts. The major critical and theoretical contributions by feminist writers in the 70s like Rich, Mulvey, Lesage, and deLauretis will be examined in relation to work by women. In a field as capital intensive as media production, power for women has often been hard won. This course serves as an alternative view of the film and videomaking process as it traces the movement of women into it. Prerequisite: Some experience in women's studies and/or film and video criticism. There will be additional screening time scheduled.

HACU 283
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Issues in Popular Culture: Representing Whiteness
Wednesday 2:30-5:20 p.m.
Bethany Ogdon

The study of whiteness is fast developing as an important field of academic inquiry. It is a development which is both important and remarkable because whites have historically tended to view themselves as racially invisible, as a neutral universal category, and, hence, as outside the bounds of racial scrutiny. This course will use a number of new texts emerging from the field of whiteness studies, as well as foundational essays which theorize identity formation and the interrelation of race, class and gender, to ground an examination of representations of whiteness in the contemporary media. Of particular interest is how "racializing" discourses are used to cover over issues of class privilege and class antagonisms in contemporary American culture. We will be primarily concentrating on representations of whiteness in popular television forms, Hollywood film, and advertising; however, we will also look at earlier mythic representations of whiteness in sources such as 18th-century captivity narratives and wild

HACU 297 Literature, Violence, and the State
Monday, Wednesday 12:30-1:50
Mary Russo Parker

A course on the poetics and politics of tragedy focusing on representations of state violence whose victims and agents of criminality have been women. The class will examine closely Sophocles Antigone; Shakespeare's "Rape of Lucrece" and Titus Andronicus; and 19th- and 20th-century depictions of the life and death of Beatrice Cenci (Shelleys and Artauds among others). Beginning with Aristotle's Poetics, we will consider also other writings in philosophy, classical and romantic poetics, and contemporary literary and social theories that link ethical, aesthetic, and emotional criteria to the question of what constitute legitimate acts of sovereign force or of individual self-sacrifice. Prerequisite: a previous course using literary and/or feminist theory, or instructor permission To be taught at Amherst College as Colloquium 26. Hampshire College students should register under the Hampshire course number, Amherst College students will register at Amherst under the Amherst course number.

IA 118 Introduction to Theatre and Social Action
Monday, Wednesday 9:00-10:20 a.m.
Priscilla Page

How do artists affect social change? Beginning with Augosto Boal's Theater of the Oppressed, we will look at different historical moments and the actions taken by many to bring about change. Boal offers a broad definition of theater that we will use to look at public demonstrations as spectacle. We will also consider whether or not all art is, by its very nature, political. Then, we will examine the practices of theater companies such as the San Francisco Mime Troupe, El Teatro Campesino, Spiderwoman Theater, and Split Britches. Within the context of social action, we will also look at feminist movement and the artists who raise awareness, offer social commentary and use the arts to articulate the types of change that are needed to create a just world.

IA 138
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Latino Theatre in the United States
Monday, Wednesday 9:00-10:20 a.m.
Priscilla Page

How many Latino playwrights can you name? How many of them have you seen produced? Which ones have you read? Who are the influential Latino theater artists today and what are the traditions of Latino theater in this country? In this course, we will study the texts of contemporary Latino playwrights and performers such as Culture Clash, John Leguizamo, Cherrie Moraga, and Jose Rivera. We will also look at the tradition of Latino writers in the theater of the U.S. and their artistic, cultural and political influences. This course will pay particular attention to Chicano and Nuyorican artists. We will look at the historical representations of Latinos both on the stage and in the media. Lastly, we will focus on the specific issues addressed by Latina artists as women of color in the U.S.

IA 161
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Living for Tomorrow: Cultural Contestations, Gender Politics, and the AIDS Epidemic
Monday, Wednesday 10:30 - 11:50 a.m.
Jill Lewis

Working to make the world a safer place has enormous urgency today, needing new forms of commitment and education. This course, working from novels and films, will focus on questions central to the continuing HIV/AIDS epidemic. What critical and creative tools can we explore to develop sexual safety education that is vivid and engaging? What does it mean to question gender norms in different cultural contexts? How can we design initiatives that involve young people actively in questioning gendered sexual behaviours that reproduce risk and damage and enable them to help stem the HIV/AIDS epidemic? The course looks to cultural texts to explore how masculinity and femininity are scripted. It discusses how gender research questions the institution of heterosexuality-with particular focus on masculinity. And we will take these concerns into context of the HIV/AIDS epidemic-relating the cultural scriptings of gender to this urgent contemporary political crisis. The course will include group assignments for planning educational action. Men students are particularly encouraged to consider engaging with these issues. The course instructor has worked on HIV prevention in several countries.

NS 129 Topics in Women's Health
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:30-11:50
Merle S. Bruno

Breast cancer, depression, toxic shock syndrome, osteoporosis, heart disease, fertility, and PMS are among a wealth of health conditions of particular interest to women. For many years it was assumed that information learned from medical studies on men applied directly to women. We know now that the incidence and expression of certain conditions and the responses to the same medical treatments may differ. Through small group work on medical cases, reading, and lectures, students will address health issues that are important for women. They will examine how scientists conduct studies about the influences on health of life style, environment, culture, and medical treatments. For their final papers, students will choose particular conditions, diseases or treatments to investigate in depth.

NS 156
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Contemporary Issues in International Health
Tuesday, Thursday 9:00-10:20 a.m.
Fatemeh Giahi

This course examines the various factors that contribute to the continued existence of world hunger as a widespread problem. Special attention is paid to the nutritional problems of developing nations. The topics to be covered include assessment of undernutrition, causes and consequences of hunger, related policies and intervention programs, the political economy of world hunger, and the impact of globalization on the nutrition of individuals, households, communities and nations. Protein and energy malnutrition, vitamin and mineral deficiencies and infectious diseases in vulnerable populations will be emphasized. The social and economic situation of women in relation to food and nutrition is also covered. In addition to reading and writing assignments, students will be expected to complete an independent research project.

SS 117
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Buddhism and Society in Cross-Cultural Perspective
Monday, Wednesday 10:30-11:50 a.m.
Abraham Zablocki

This course examines the relationship between the Buddhist religion and the socio-cultural contexts in which it has taken root. We seek to understand how Buddhist doctrine exists in a complex interplay with social institutions, economic and political interests, and pre-existing cultural frames of reference. Our analysis will be comparative - drawing upon examples from India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tibet, Nepal, Japan, and the United States - and historical - examining material from Buddhism's earliest period in India up to its current phase of global expansion. Throughout the course we will attempt to understand how issues such as gender, hierarchy, the state, modernization, and monasticism have been variously imagined in Buddhist societies, and how these different imaginings have led to profoundly different forms of social practice. Our goal is to understand Buddhism as it is lived by its adherents, and Buddhist societies as they have shaped, and been shaped by, the religion.

SS 147 Gender and its Development
Tuesday, Thursday 10:30-11:50 a.m.
Martha Hadley

Once an assumed category, dictated by biology and shaped by culture, gender and its development have been critiqued and studied intensively in recent years. This course will review historic assumptions about the nature and development of gender as well as the work of psychologists and other social scientists who have questioned and reached beyond these assumptions. We will focus on critical reading of recent research and theories of gender development as well as contemporary ideas about the nature of gender from different fields within the Social Sciences. Our work will include: class discussion of readings; writing assignments aimed at practicing critical analysis of popular books on gender; group presentations on gender patterns in different cultures and a final paper in which each student will define a question and pursue independent research on their topic, write and revise their draft.

SS 158
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Psychology of Immigration
Tuesday, Thursday 12:30-1:50 p.m.
Amy Cheng

The United States prides itself as a country of immigrants and the "land of opportunity." Yet looking past this dominant narrative, immigrant lives are marked by a complex negotiation of cultures, nationalities, and social injustice. To navigate the powerful tensions and contradictions of their social worlds, immigrants and their families may shift their identities as a response to the social demands of nationality, culture, gender, race, class, and sexuality. In this class we will explore the various ways that immigrants (first- and second-generation) adapt to and shape these social forces. By exploring fictional and autobiographical accounts of immigration, we will engage with and challenge psychological theories of immigration and "acculturation." By reading about experiences of individuals from a variety of immigrant groups (e.g., Jewish, Latino, Afro-Caribbean, and Asian American), we will also illuminate American intersections. By investigating these narratives, we may go beyond the dominant narrative of the typical immigrant "success story."

SS 168 Justice, Gender and the State: Feminist Political Theory
Tuesday, Thursday 9:00-10:20 a.m.
Falguni Sheth

Does conventional political theory accurately reflect the ways in which human beings are expected to uphold certain responsibilities in society? Or does it, as feminist political philosophers argue, eclipse, mold, and selectively manipulate the picture of the citizen and the set of responsibilities that individuals must have, by assuming a masculine model? What are the assumptions and implications behind conventional and feminist political theory? Is political obligation really based on "consent"? Is the notion of "contract" helpful or harmful for protecting women's concerns about their bodies, reproduction, child-care, and property? Feminists have argued both sides of these concerns. Some suggest that contractual models of politics allow women greater freedom to live their lives in fulfilling ways, while others suggest that the conventional rubric of property, contracts, and rights, etc. merely coerce women into commodifying themselves and falling under the sway of oppressive masculinist political structures. In this course, we will examine these, among other, concerns,. Readings will include selections from some of the following authors, among others: Nancy Fraser, Seyla Benhabib, Patricia Williams, Mari Matsuda, Angela P. Harris, Dorothy Roberts, Catharine MacKinnon, Katherine Francke, Vicki Schultz, Margaret Radin, Jean Elshtain, Iris Young, Zillah Eisenstein, Uma Narayan, Elizabeth Kiss, Nancy Hartsock, Joan Williams, Wendy Brown, and Judith Butler.

SS 205 Women, Religion, and Politics in India
Tuesday, Thursday 12:30-1:50 p.m.
Menon

This course will examine the ways in which religion and politics intersect to shape women's lives in India. We will look at nationalism, social movements, religion, and religious politics, to analyze how these various forces are both constitutive of and constituted by constructions of gender in India. Through a close examination of ethnography, history, and fiction written from the perspective of postcolonial, feminist, subaltern, and activist writers, we will study the myriad strategies through which women adapt, conform, resist, and transform the dynamics of religion and politics in their everyday lives.

SS 240 Reproductive Rights: Domestic and International Perspectives
Tuesday, Thursday 2:00-3:20 p.m.
Marlene Fried
Elizabeth Hartmann

This course will provide students with a critical framework with which to analyze contemporary reproductive rights issues. Topics include the struggle for abortion rights; the ideology and practice of population control, from welfare 'reform' and immigration control in the U.S. to case studies of family planning programs in the Third World; the population and environment lobby; reproductive technologies; and the impact of the international women's health movement in developing alternatives to conventional population policies.

SS 289
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Rethinking Citizenship in a Globalizing World
Thursday 7:00-9:30 p.m.
Margaret Cerullo

This core Social Science course will introduce students to the work and interests of a range of Social Science faculty around a theme of signal importance the meanings of citizenship in a world where the boundaries of the nation state, as the site of belonging and identification as well as rights and duties are highly contested. The class will be held as a combination lecture/seminar discussion once a week in the evening with different faculty participating in each session. Some of the specific themes to be addressed include: US citizenship since September 11th: the reconfiguration of race, ethnicity, nationality and immigration, along with civil liberties, since September 11; African American conceptions and practices of citizenship: the historical development in post-Emancipation African American communities of alternative understandings of citizenship with economic, cultural and gendered dimensions; gender and citizenship: drawing on political theory and the history of social policy, feminist faculty will examine the contested meanings of women's citizenship; cultural citizenship: drawing upon current anthropological discussions of the dimensions of both entitlement and belonging that comprise citizenship; indigenous politics and citizenship in Latin America: examining contemporary indigenous movements in Latin America and their relationship to questions of national citizenship; citizenship and mistaken identity: the fate of Japanese and Korean Americans during World War II and the light those experiences shed on Asian American citizenship and current cases of mistaken identity (eg of Sikhs for Arabs); social class and citizenship; historical examination of the moments win the US when the class character of citizenship has been on the agenda, and current work that addresses class and citizenship within specific ethnic groups. The nation as locus of identification and belonging and the challenges that have emerged to nationalism in post-colonial South Asia; political economy of citizenship and its erosion: analysis of the role of the global economy in eroding national sovereignties and calling forth their reassertion in restrictive trade agreements.

SS 294
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Interrogating Nationalism
Monday 7:00-9:30 p.m.
Vivek Bhandari

How are nations created? Is nationhood and statehood the same thing? What is the meaning of citizenship in a "globalizing" world? Recent political violence in Israel, Serbia, parts of Africa, and India raises a wide range of questions concerning the ways in which people view themselves as political agents. In this course we will study the history of nationalism, and look at why notions of racial, religious, linguistic, and cultural difference have been used to justify harmony, as well as conflict, within and between ethnic groups. By situating nationalism within a context of radical economic and cultural change over the last two hundred years, we will be able to understand the political choices available to individuals today. A conscious effort will be made to raise questions about race, religion, class, gender, and regional identities, and their relationship with the politics of nationalism. Chosen with a comparative framework in mind, readings will focus on the emergence of nation-states in parts of Europe, Africa, America and Asia. Students will critically examine and write about personal narratives, novels, films, as well as journal articles and academic monographs-all of which will be used to relate contemporary life with the past.

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. This course is designed for advanced Division II and Division III students. Instructor permission is required.

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