|School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies||Emily Dickinson Hall||559-5362|
HACU 173 - Sex, Science, and the Victorian Body
Lise Sanders & Pam Stone
Tuesday, Thursday 10:30-11:50 a.m.
How did Victorians conceive of the body? In a culture associated in the popular imagination with modesty and propriety, even prudishness, discussions of sexuality and physicality flourished. This course explores both fictional and non-fictional texts from nineteenth-century Britain in conjunction with modern critical perspectives. We will discuss debates over corsetry and tight-lacing, dress reform, prostitution and the Contagious Diseases Acts, the impact of the industrial revolution, maternal morbidity and mortality, and other topics relating to women's reproductive health, in addition to reading novels, poetry, and prose by major Victorian writers, among them the Brontes, the Rossettis, Collins, Hardy, Swinburne, and Wilde. The writings of Freud, Foucault, and other theorists, as well as writings in the natural and biological sciences, will assist us in contextualizing nineteenth-century discourses of gender, sexuality, and embodiment.
HACU 209 - Video I: Black Vision/Queer Looks
Tuesday 9:00-11:50 a.m., Lab - Thursday 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Video I is an introductory video production course. Over the course of the semester students will gain experience in pre-production, production and post-production techniques as well as learn to think and look critically about the making of the moving image. We will engage with video as a specific visual medium for expression, and we will apply black studies + queer theory and practice as a lens and sounding board in relation to issues of representation, spectatorship, identification, practice and distribution. Projects are designed to develop basic technical proficiency in the video medium as well as the necessary working skills and mental discipline so important to a successful working process. Final production projects will experiment with established media genres. Readings, screenings, in-class critiques and discussion will focus on media analysis and the role of technology in image production. There is a lab fee charged for the course. Prerequisite: 100 level course in media arts (Introduction to Media Arts, Introduction to Media Production, Introduction to Digital Photography & New Media, or equivalent). Lab Fee $50.
HACU 286 - Faulkner and Morrison: Fictions of Identity, Family and History
Monday, Wednesday 10:30-11:50 a.m.
Our purpose in this class will not be narrowly comparative but rather to read intensively and extensively in each of these master practitioners of the modern novel, thinking particularly about how they each frame issues of personal identity, think about family, history and memory, and confront the American twentieth century dilemma of 'the color line'.
|School of Natural Science||Cole Science Center||559-5371|
NS 390 – Topics in Global Women’s Health
Wednesday 2:30-5:30 p.m.
The goals of this Mellon Language Learning course are twofold. The first is to introduce students to key issues in global women's health with a focus on Central America. Topics will span the lifecycle and will be drawn from the fields of infectious disease, reproductive health, nutrition, chronic disease and health policy. Most readings will come from the medical and epidemiologic literature though attention will also be given to the political, economic and social factors that weigh heavily on health. The second goal is to advance students' knowledge of Spanish by integrating Spanish materials into the syllabus. A central text will be the health care manual, "Where There is No Doctor For Women," which is available in both Spanish and English. The course is not intended to be a language course per se, but one that reinforces existing skills and inspires students to pursue further study and practice. Prerequisite: at least two semesters of prior Spanish instruction.
|School of Social Science||218 Franklin Patterson Hall||559-5548|
SS 106 - Gender & Economic Development in a Globalizing World
Tuesday, Thursday 10:30 a.m.
This course is designed to provide an overview of the processes, politics and policies of economic development through a gender lens. The course will begin with an introduction to alternative approaches to economics and to economic development, focusing on the neoclassical and feminist approaches, and on the theoretical frameworks that have shaped the gender perspective in economic development. The course will also examine the impacts of economic development policy on men and women and on gender relations in Africa, Asia and Latin America, in the context of a globalizing world economy. Special topics will include women’s unpaid labor, women in the informal sector; the household as a unit of analysis; the gendered impacts of structural adjustment, neoliberal economic policies and economic crisis; the feminization of migration flows and the global labor force, and the implications of these trends for economic development.
SS 141 - Postcoloniality & South Asia
Monday, Wednesday 2:30-3:50 p.m.
Postcoloniality in the context of South Asia emerges as an epistemic trope not only challenging the settled narratives of colonial historicism, but also the available readings of postcolonial times in South Asia. We will think through the implications of such critical re-readings for how the immediate past is organized and the ways in which the notions of sociality and identity (along the lines of class, race, gender, religion and caste) might potentially be inflected and re-animated. We will in due course ask if the categories and frameworks proffered by the postcolonial school of thought are adequate and efficacious in responding to the political and socio-cultural challenges South Asia finds itself immersed in the present moment.
SS 143 - Buddhism and Society in Asia
Tuesday, Thursday 2:00-3:20 p.m.
This course will examine how the beliefs and practices of Buddhism adapted to and influenced Asian society and their religious cultures. Rather than defining Buddhism strictly as a scriptural religious philosophy, this course will move beyond canonical boundaries and focus on historical and contemporary practices. Topics of examination include temple economy, spirit healing, clerical marriage, role of women, Buddhist ritual, body immolation, nationalism, practical morality, and the relationship between monastic community and laity.
SS 225 - Introduction to Queer Studies
Monday, Wednesday 10:30-11:50 a.m.
This course will provide an introduction to queer studies, tracking its emergence and developments since the 1990s, as well as its relation to prior debates in lesbian and gay studies, feminism, and postcolonial theory. That is, we will focus on recent developments in queer theory, queer activism, and cultural production, and read them alongside background and foundational texts, debates, and social movements. We will consider both theory and culture to be our primary texts? We will begin by reading the recent issue of Social Text, “What’s Queer About Queer Theory Now??” (Eng, Halberstam, and Muqoz), move through central theories and debates in the field, and examine recent cultural production, including queer films, television, and performance as sites of resistance and critique. Topics covered include: mass culture and subcultures; representation and visibility; migration and diaspora; trauma; transgender theory; HIV/AIDS; grief and loss; religion and sexuality; queer temporalities; queer space/place; marriage; and human rights.