MOUNT HOLYOKE COLLEGE WOMEN'S STUDIES COURSES - Spring 2003
Women's Studies Program
English Department
History Department
Religion
Philosophy
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WS 101 Introduction to Women's Studies
Tuesday, Thursday 2:40-3:55 pm
Ackmann

This course offers an overview of women's position in society and culture by examining women's lives from a variety of experiential and theoretical perspectives. The first section examines works by women that illuminate both the shared and the diverse social, psychological, political and economic realities of their experience; the second section introduces analyses of sexism and oppression, with a focus on different frameworks for making and evaluating feminist arguments. The course concludes with visionary feminist views of recreating their lives.

WS 101 (2) Introduction to Women's Studies
Monday, Wednesday 11-12:15pm
Gelfand
Garrett-Goodyear

This course introduces students to the dynamic and still changing field of women's studies. We will consider the value of gender as an analytic category for understanding the worlds women inhabit; the crucial importance of studying the intersection of gender with class, race, ethnicity and sexuality; the connection of gender to seemingly unrelated forms of power and knowledge. We will also explore how feminist theory has developed and is practiced in various local and international contexts.

WS 200/
HIST 296
African Women's Work 1880-1980
Tuesday, Thursday 2:40-3:55 p.m.
Hanson

Transformations in gendered divisions of labor and in women's access to resources are fundamental to understanding contemporary African societies. We explore how African women have created contexts for productivity using strategies such as marriage, pledged female friendship, and voluntary dependency. We investigate the loss of women's work of governing in the colonial period, and the consequences for women's wealth and productivity of incorporation into a global market economy. Texts include recorded life histories, autobiography, fiction and film, and primary sources such as the testimony of participants in the Ibo Women's War of 1929.

WS 203 (01)/
ENGL 270
19th Century American Women Writers
Tuesday, Thursday 8:35-9:50 am
Brown

In this cross-cultural examination of nineteenth-century American women writers, we will compare a number of works of fiction, prose, poetry, and autobiography. We will discuss how writers created sophisticated and insightful critiques of American culture and imagined or re-presented new American identities and histories. We will also consider tensions between "sentimental" idealism and political pragmatism, restrictive domesticity and dangerous autonomy, and passionless femininity and expressed sexuality. Authors may include Alcott, Child, Far, Fuller, Harper, Hopkins, Ruiz de Burton Wilson, and Winnemucca.

WS 203 (02)/ English 273 Asian-American Women Writers
Monday, Wednesday 11-12:15 pm
Ho

Explores the politics of race and gender through writings by women in Asian descent in North America. We will examine texts from national and diasporic formations-U.S., Canada, South America, South Asian, Southeast Asian, East Asian, Pacific Islander. Themes include conceptions of home, memory, race and sexuality, gender and nationalism, strategies of resistance, legacies of colonialism, war, and immigrant displacement. We will supplement readings of literary texts with critical readings in feminist, U.S. women of color, postcolonial, and Asian American literary and cultural theories.

WS 208/
Politics 233
Invitation to Feminist Theory
Monday, Wednesday 1:15-2:30 pm
Cocks

On theoretical attempts to grasp the complex ties and tensions between sex, gender, and power. This course explores the overlapping dualities of the feminine and the masculine, the private and the public, the home and the world. We examine different forms of power over the body; the ways gender and sexual identities reinforce or challenge the established order; and the cultural determinants of "women's emancipation."

WS 333 (01)
Psychology 319
Gender & Domestic Labor
Wednesday 1:00-2:50 pm
Deutsch

This course examines social psychology and sociological theories and research addressing why women do more housework and childcare than men. It pays special attention to the situation of dual-earner families and considers class and ethnic differences on the nature of this inequality and the barriers to fill equality at home.

WS 333 (02)/
ANTHR 306
Anthropology of Reproduction
Monday 1:00-3:50 pm
Morgan

This course covers major issues in the anthropology of reproduction, including the relationship between production and reproduction, the gendered division of labor, the state and reproductive policy, embodied metaphors of procreation and parenthood, fertility control and abortion, cross-cultural reproductive ethics, and the social implications of new reproductive technologies. We examine the social construction of reproduction in a variety of cultural contexts.

WS 333 (03)/
HIST 301 (03)
Race, Gender and Empire
Thursday 1:00-3:50 pm
Renda

Recent cultural studies of imperialism-European as well as U.S.-have illuminated the workings of race and gender at the heart of imperial encounters. This course will examine the United States' relationship to imperialism through the lens of such cultural histories. How did encounters between Native Americans and Europeans colonizers, as lived and as remembered, call into play racial and gender identities? How have the legacies of slavery been entwined with U.S. imperial ambitions? How did racialized constructions of gender and sexuality shape the "American Century"? And what can we learn from transnational approaches to "the intimacies of empire"?

WS 333 (04)/
ENGL 385
Feminist Theory and Film
Wednesday 1-3:50 pm, SU 7-9 pm Film Screening
Young

This seminar investigates contemporary feminist theory-including but not limited to feminist film theory-in relation to film. We will examine the influential formulations of the cinematic "male gaze" and women's film, recent theorizations of race and sexuality in cinema, gender complexities in classical and contemporary Hollywood film, and new trends in filmmaking by women. Requirements include extensive readings, weekly essays, and film screenings.

WS 333 (05) Feminist & Queer Theory
Tuesday 1:00-3:50 pm
Barad

Questions of power, agency, structure, materiality, bodies, subjectivities, and discursive practices have been central to both feminist and queer theories. We will focus on these issues, exploring the tension between poststructuralist, Marxist, and materialist approaches. In analyzing contemporary theories of gender and sexuality, we will pay particular attention to issues of race, class, ethnicity, nationality, and globalization. Key problematics include the nature and operation of power, the relationship between materiality and discourse, and the relationship between theory and practice.

WS 333 (06)/
ANTHR 316
Feminist Anthropology
Tuesday 1:00-3:50 pm
Thompson

This course examines the research, debates and contributions of feminist anthropology. Using the work of non-Western and Western women we ask: Why might feminist thinkers need anthropological research and why might anthropologists need feminists? Analyzing debates that have influenced understandings of gender and social relations cross-culturally, we explore "Third World" feminists' critiques of Western anthropology, the dilemmas of fieldwork, methodology, the production of ethnography, the impact of anthropology on the people with whom with are involved.

WS 333 (07) Science and the Body
Thursday 1:00-3:50 pm
Barad

This course will examine scientific discourses on the body as well as feminist, queer, and antiracist approaches and interventions. Drawing on the literatures from cultural studies of science, technology and medicine, gay and lesbian and queer studies, the history of science and medicine anthropology, biology, and feminist theory, we will consider such topics as scientific constructions of raced-sexed-gendered bodies, (homo)sexualities, intersexualities, transgendered and cyborg bodies, disease and disabilities, as well as reproductive technologies, AIDS, lesbian health issues, and environmental racism.

WS 333 (08) Globalization, Feminism, and the Environment
Thursday 1:00-3:50 pm
G. Di Chiro

This course examines the broad-scale social and ecological transformations that have arisen from the restructuring of economic, political, cultural, and techno-scientific systems associated with contemporary forms of "globalization." Using interdisciplinary feminist analytical frameworks, the seminar explores the local and regional effects of globalization and the diverse resistances and alternatives that have emerged to challenge it. Topics include issues such as labor and environmental rights in the "global factory," militarism and oil, environmental health and disease, biotechnology and food security, population and consumption, human rights and sustainable development, and global climate change and North/South relations.

French 351 Every Secret Thing: Contemporary Women's Autobiographical Narrative
Thursday 1:00 - 3:50 p.m.
C. Rivers

This course will examine contemporary autobiographical narratives written by women, with a particular focus on authors whose works include multiple autobiographical texts of various genres: fictional, nonfictional, and semifictional. We will analyze the way in which these authors present their life stories, especially the traumatic or secret episodes, and the ways in which their works discuss the process of that presentation and of memory itself. Themes that are common to these autobiographical texts include: relationships with family, education, sexuality, class, and love. In addition to literary texts, we will analyze in detail several autobiographical films made by women.

Geology 209 Women and the Environment
Tuesday 1:00-3:50 p.m.
G. Di Chiro

See department for description.

Germ 241 From Marlene Dietrich to Run Lola Run: German Women and Film
Monday, Wednesday 1:15 - 2:30 p.m.
Krimmer

This course explores the work of German women directors and actresses from the Weimar Republic to the present. The first half of the course examines women's responses to National Socialism; the second half focuses on post-World War II cinema. We will examine the politics and aesthetic and filmic innovations of directors such as Leontine Sagan, Leni Riefenstahl, Margarete von Trotta, Doris Doerrie, and Helke Sander-Brahms. Actresses to be discussed include Marlene Dietrich and Franka Potente.

History 101 (01) Women, Politics and Activism
Monday, Wednesday 1:15-2:30 p.m.
M. Renda

This seminar examines the history of women's activism and political participation in the United States and beyond. We will consider forms of political action available to U.S. women before they gained the vote; diverse perspectives on political engagement among women of color, immigrant women, and native-born white women in the U.S.; and histories of feminist activism as a local, national, and international phenomenon. Special attention will be paid to the way that racism and classism have shaped the political arena for women in the United States and for women affected by U.S. policies around the world.

History 337 Gender and Nationalism
Wednesday 1:00-3:50 p.m.
S. Nair

This seminar explores gender relations and nationalist struggles during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries through an examination of historical and anthropological writings. While focused primarily on South Asia, the course provides comparative perspectives from Western and non-Western sites in order to understand how different trajectories of feminist activism. Topics include nation building and the "women question," women's involvement in and resistance to religious extremism, and women's labor.

LatAm 277 Caribbean Women Writers
Monday, Wednesday 2:40-3:55 p.m.
R. Marquez

Comparative examination of contemporary women's writing in the Caribbean. Emphasis will be on their engagement with issues of history, cultural articulation, race, class, gender, and nationality, including exploration of their formal procedures, individual moods, regional particularity, and general impact as writers. Rosario Ferre, Ana Lydia Vega, Julia Alvarex, Edna Brodber, Maryse Conde, Simone Schwarz-Bart, Jean Rhys, Beryl Gilroy, and Rosa Guy are among those whose works we will review.

MedSt 200
French 220
A Medieval Room of One's Own: Christine de Pizan and Her World
Monday 1:00-3:50 p.m.
M. Switten

The patriarchal society in which Christine lived was a difficult place to find work when her husband died and she became the sole support of her children. Hers was a troubled world: the late fourteenth and early fifteenth centuries saw political, social, and economic crises in France. The course will examine how Christine made a place for herself amidst personal and political turmoil. It will provide a broad canvas of late-medieval literary and historical transformations, including the stunning appearance of Joan of Arc. Study of Christine's works, of texts by other authors, and of manuscript illumination will give a rich sense of the period.

Psych 211 Psychology of Women
Monday, Wednesday 8:35-9:50 a.m.
S. Wendt

A multicultural feminist analyis of women's lives. Emphasizing the diversity of women's experience across ethnicity, social class, and sexuality, this course assesses the adequacy and scope of existing psychological perspectives on women. Studies will examine women's lives through essays, autobiographies, memoirs, and fictional works.

Religion 219 Women's Spirituality
Tuesday, Thursday 11:00 - 12:15 p.m.
E. Hallstrom

See department for description.

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