MOUNT HOLYOKE COLLEGE COURSES - SPRING 2010

Gender Studies 108 Shattuck Hall 538-2257
American Studies 109 Shattuck Hall 538-3226
English 111 Shattuck Hall 538-2146
History 309 Skinner 538-2377

GNDST 201 – Methods and Practices in Feminist Scholarship
Ana Croegaert
Monday, Wednesday   11:00-12:15 p.m.

How do scholars produce knowledge? What can we learn from differences and similarities in the research process of a novelist, a biologist, an historian, a sociologist, and a film critic? Who decides what counts as knowledge? We will examine a range of methods from the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, including visual analysis, archival exploration, interviewing, and ethnography, as we consider the specific advantages (and potential limitations) of diverse disciplinary approaches for feminist inquiry. We will take up numerous practical questions as well as larger methodological and ethical debates.

GNDST 204/GERMAN 223 – The Gender of War in Twentieth-Century German Culture
Karen Remmler
Tuesday, Thursday  11:00-12:15 p.m.

As an extreme, but common experience, war creates, shapes, and contests normative constructions of masculinity, femininity, and gender relations in general. This seminar explores the concept of war, its causes, and its representation in memoirs, fiction, art, and photography within German-speaking realms with an emphasis on World War II and its aftermath. What impact does war have on gender relations within a matrix of other categories of identity, such as race, class, and sexuality? Materials include texts by Bachmann, Brecht, Celan, and other German writers and films such as Triumph of the Will and Das Boot.

GNDST 210 (01)/REL 241 – Women and Buddhism
S. Mozrik
Tuesday, Thursday  2:40-3:55 p.m.

The course examines Buddhist representations of women and women's representations of Buddhism. We will study materials by and about Buddhist women from Thailand, India, China, Tibet, Japan, and the U.S. Some of the questions we will ask are: How are women portrayed in Buddhist literature? How do they portray themselves? How have Buddhist women responded to sexism in their communities? How have Buddhist women contributed to the development of new Buddhist institutions?

GNDST 210 (02)/PHIL 249 –Women and Gender in Philosophy and Religion
Susan Hawthorne
Tuesday, Thursday  2:40-3:55 p.m.

Some say that philosophers pursue objective knowledge. Feminist philosophy is a body of scholarship that questions the extent to which traditional philosophy has pursued or can pursue knowledge in an objective way. This course is an introduction to issues in feminist philosophy, including its critique of traditional Western philosophy and its contributions to major areas of philosophy such as metaphysics, ethics, epistemology, social and political philosophy, and the philosophy of language.

GNDST 210 (03)/REL 207 – Women and Gender in Islam
Andy Steinfels
Monday, Wednesday  2:40 - 3:55 p.m.

This course will examine a range of ways in which Islam has constructed women--and women have constructed Islam. We will study concepts of gender as they are reflected in classical Islamic texts, as well as different aspects of the social, economic, political, and ritual lives of women in various Islamic societies.

GNDST 216/PE 261 – Women and Gender in Sport
Laurie Priest
Monday  1:15 – 4:00 p.m.

This course is designed to introduce students to the history of women in sport, the status of women in sport since the passage of Title IX in 1972, and current issues impacting women in sport such as race, gender, and sexual orientation. Students will explore the influence of sport on the lives of women and how selected women sport leaders have influenced the growth and development of sport.

GNDST 221/POL 223 – Invitation to Feminist Theory
Elizabeth Markovits
Tuesday, Thursday  8:35 – 9:50 a.m.

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." We emphasize the politics of feminism, dealing with themes that include culture, democracy, and the particularly political role of theory and on theoretical attempts to grasp the complex ties and tensions between sex, gender, and power.

GNDST 250/ANTH216 – Land, Transnational Markets, and Democracy
in Women's Lives and Activism
Chaia Heller
Tuesday, Thursday  1:15  - 2:30 p.m.

This course will address the predicaments of women who must negotiate local contexts shaped by transnational markets, changing patterns of agriculture and agro-forestry, and struggles over indigenous land rights. How have arguments about democracy shaped the struggles women take up locally, nationally, and transnationally in opposition to corporate power, national policies, and supranational agencies such as the World Trade Organization?

GNDST 333 (01)ENGL 385/FILM 390 – Feminist Theory and Film
Elizabeth Young
Wednesday  1:15 – 4:05 p.m./Monday  7:00-10:00 p.m.

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 woman's film, recent theorizations of race and sexuality in cinema, gender complexities in classic and contemporary Hollywood film, and new trends in filmmaking by women. Requirements include extensive readings, weekly essays, and film screenings.

GNDST 333 (02)/SPAN 330/ITAL 361/FRENCH 321 – Sweet Cruelty:
Anti-Humanism and Gay Writing
Christian Gunderman
Friday 1:15 – 4:05 p.m.

Much of twentieth-century gay writing in Latin America is characterized by an estheticist celebration of anti-humanism, which has often clashed with left-wing progressive politics in these countries. But how does a "gay style" come about? What is its genealogy? How does it identify itself, and what does such an identity mean politically and historically? In this seminar, we will study a number of writers from Argentina, Chile, Cuba, Perú, and Uruguay, and examine their roots in French and Italian anti-humanist authors from Baudelaire, Lautréamont, and Rimbaud to Genet and Pasolini. We will also read a few key texts in queer theory.

GNDST 333 (03)/PSYCH 319 – Gender and Domestic Labor
Francine Deutsch
Wednesday  1:15 – 3:05 p.m.

This course examines social psychology and sociological theories and research addressing why women do more housework and child care 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 full equality at home.

GNDST 333 (04)/AMST 301 – Queer Kinship in Asian North American Literature and Film
Iona Day
Tuesday, Thursday  1:15 – 4:05 p.m.

This course examines alternative kinship formations in Asian North American cultural production. It will focus on the gender and sexual management of racial bodies since the nineteenth century, from the U.S. Page Law of 1875 that restricted Chinese women on the basis of their presumed sexual immorality to various forms of "racial castration" that mediate Asian masculinities. We will consider how alternative kinship arrangements and queer cultural projects expose and/or upset the narrative assumptions embedded in heteronormative scripts of nationalism.

GNDST 333 (05) – Medical Management of the Female Body
Sarah Richardson
Tuesday  1:15 – 4:05 p.m.

This course examines how Western medical knowledge, practices, and institutions define female health and normality and manage diseased and gender-variant female bodies. We will explore how medicine conceives of the female body as a medical problem or mystery and consider how race, class, and sexuality inflect medical conceptions of the female body. Topics include "female maladies," including PMS, pain disorders, and autoimmunity, medicalization of childbirth and the pregnant body, medical management of transgender and intersex bodies, medical conceptions of ideal body weight and fitness, gender norms and cosmetic surgery, women and disability, and pharmaceutical marketing toward women.

GNDST 333 (06)/ANTH 316 – Gender Migration, and the Ends of the State
Ana Croegaert
Tuesday  1:15 – 4:05 p.m.

This course examines contemporary global population movements through the lens of gender studies and anthropology. We will consider forms of subject-making--such as citizenship--through labor, kinship, and sexuality in North Africa, Southern Europe, South Asia and the United States. We will be especially attentive to symbols of group identity linked to race, ethnicity, nation, and language. Students will engage critically with theories of transnational migration, globalization, governmentality, neoliberalism, and imperialism.

GNDST 333 (07)/ENGL 372 – Gender and War
Leah Glasser
Tuesday  1:15 – 4:05 p.m.

This seminar will focus on depictions of war in the context of gender. When asked how we might prevent war, Virginia Woolf suggested that we must invent new language and methods rather than follow the path of the traditional "procession of educated men." What language emerges in works about the effects of war? Texts will include essays and films as well as selected works by writers such as Alcott, Whitman, Crane, Twain, Hemingway, Woolf, Silko, Morrison, and O'Brien.

GNDST 333 (08)/HISTORY 301 – Four Moments in American Feminism
Jane Gerhard
Wednesday  1:15 – 4:05 p.m.

In this reading seminar we will look at four moments in the history of American feminism: the 1848 Seneca Falls meeting, the passage of the 19th amendment giving women the vote in 1920, the surge of legislative and radical activism in the 1970s, and the debates over third wave v. post feminism in the 1990s. Each case study will include examination of feminist theory, styles of activism, goals and agendas, and the kinds of antifeminist backlash they inspired.

GNDST 333 (09) – Women, Deviance, and Crime in Early Modern Europe
D. Myers
Tuesday  1:15 – 4:05 p.m.

We will examine the relationship between gender and deviance in early modern Europe, with a particular focus on the ways European societies and criminal courts dealt with women and family. We will examine social life and norms in order to understand the nature of "normality" and "deviance" as these terms applied to women, and investigate the system of criminal law and justice in Europe generally, including problems of evidence, torture, and state-sanctioned violence. We will discuss the particular crimes associated with women, especially witchcraft, sexual misdeeds, and "reproductive" crimes such as abortion and infanticide.

AMST 301 (04)/ENGL 345 – Studies in American Literature:  Cather, Fitzgerald and Faulkner
Christopher Benfey
Wednesday  1:15 – 4:05 p.m.
(component)

This seminar will focus on works of fiction by three major twentieth-century American writers, with special attention to novels published between the world wars. The course will examine ongoing critical debates regarding each writer, including such concerns as the status of the American South and West, conflicts across racial, ethnic, and gender lines, and American responses to the rise of modernist practices in literature and the visual arts.

ENGL 308 – Contemporary Women’s Short Fiction
Valerie Martin
Wednesday  1:15 – 4:05 p.m.

In this course we will read and discuss stories written by living masters of the form. We will not speculate about the meaning of the work or the author's intent, rather we will read as writers, noting and comparing each author's decisions about voice, diction, syntax, image, metaphor, and tone which, within the narrow boundaries of this challenging and compressed form, bring a world into being. Authors will include Margaret Atwood, Alice Munro, Doris Lessing, Sabina Murray, and Jhumpa Lahiri.

ENGL 320 – Jane Austen:  Fiction and Film
John Lemly
Tuesday  1:15 – 4:05 p.m.

A study of Austen's six novels through the lenses of Regency culture and of twentieth-century filmmakers. How do these modest volumes reflect and speak to England at the end of world war, on the troubled verge of Pax Britannica? What do the recent films say to and about Anglo-American culture at the millennium? What visions of women's lives, romance, and English society are constructed through the prose and the cinema?

HISTORY 215 – Gender and Sexuality in Modern South Asia
Sarah Waheed
Tuesday, Thursday  2:40 – 3:55 p.m.

This seminar investigates constructions of gender and sexuality in South Asia as a historical phenomenon from the eighteenth century to the present. It will focus upon changes to the cultural conceptions of family, notions of desire, and ideas of the sexed body brought about by the shift from the Persianate-Mughal world to British imperial rule. We will then go on to examine gendered identity under colonialism and nationalism. This course considers both the formation of femininities and masculinities, while historically examining same-sex desire. The syllabus will include historical and literary primary source materials, as well as films and documentaries.