Gender Studies 109 Shattuck 538-2257

GNDST 101(02) – Introduction to Gender Studies in the Spanish-Speaking World: Identities and Intersections
Christian Gundermann
Tuesday, Thursday  1:15-2:30 p.m.

This course, taught in Spanish, is an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of gender studies. It also focuses on the specific implications of this new, predominantly U.S.-based discipline for and in the Spanish speaking world. The intersections among gender, race, class, and sexuality in various contexts, past and present, will be central to our inquiry. Topics will include the politics of appearance, women's economic status, sexual violence, racism, legacies of colonialism, the challenges of transnational feminist and queer activism, and strategies for change. We will examine the development of feminist and queer theory and its practices in various local and transnational contexts, but especially in the Spanish-speaking world.

GNDST 101(02) – Introduction to Gender Studies
L. Zuckerwise
Monday, Wednesday  11:00-12:15 p.m.

This course is designed to introduce students to social, cultural, historical, and political perspectives on gender and its construction. Through discussion and writing, we will explore the intersections among gender, race, class, and sexuality in multiple settings and contexts. Taking an interdisciplinary approach to a variety of questions, we will consider the distinctions between sex and gender, women's economic status, the making of masculinity, sexual violence, queer movements, racism, and the challenges of feminist activism across nations, and possibilities for change. We will also examine the development of feminist theory, including its promises and challenges.

GNDST 201 – Methods and Practices in Feminist Scholarship
Mary Renda
Tuesday, Thursday  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. This course provides a foundation for advanced work in the major.

GNDST 204/RES 252 – Through Women’s Eyes
E. Dengub
Tuesday, Thursday  2:40-3:55 p.m.

A study of contemporary Russian language based on texts by women, including works by Ulitskaya, Petrushevskaya, Rubina, Tolstaya, and Zemfira. Discussion-based course. Short oral and written reports. Conducted in Russian.

GNDST 206 (01) – African Women Food/Power
Holly Hanson
Monday 7:00-10:00 p.m.

This course uses archival records, fiction, life histories, and outstanding recent scholarship to investigate African women's actions in a century that encompassed women's loss of agency and authority but the endurance of their responsibility for the production of food. We investigate the erosion of women's economic power and the loss of women's work of governing at conquest, in the early colonial period, and as a consequence of Africa's integration into the world economy as its least powerful player. We examine women's efforts to sustain productive activities in the face of opposition and the gendered tensions these efforts provoke.

GNDST 206 (02) – American Women/U.S. History
Mary Renda
Monday, Wednesday  11:00-12:15 p.m.

How is our understanding of U.S. history transformed when we place African American women at the center of the story? This course will examine the exclusion of African American women from dominant historical narratives and the challenge to those narratives presented by African American women's history through an investigation of selected topics in the field.

GNDST 206(03)/HIST 296(01) – Women in Chinese History
Jonathan Lipman
Tuesday, Thursday  8:35-9:50 a.m.

An exploration of the roles and values of Chinese women in traditional and modern times. Topics will include the structure of the family and women's productive work, rules for female behavior, women's literature, and the relationship between feminism and other political and social movements in revolutionary China. Readings from biographies, classical literature, feminist scholarship, and modern fiction.

GNDST 206 (04)/HIST 296(03) – Native American Women’s History
C. Norrgard
Tuesday, Thursday  11:00-12:15 p.m.

This course explores Native American women's experiences across tribal nations from a historical perspective. We will look at Native American women's contributions to tribal communities and American history more broadly and re-examine representations of Native American women in myth, literature and popular culture. We will also look at traditional concepts of women's person-hood and roles in Native American societies, as well as the ways in which they changed over time. The colloquium will emphasize the individual stories of women's persistence and the challenges and successes of living under the conditions of American colonialism.

GNDST 210 (01)/REL 241 (01) – Women & Buddhism
Debbora Battaglia
Tuesday, Thursday  2:40 – 3:55 p.m.

This course explores women and Buddhism during different historical periods and in different cultures. Through a variety of sources, this course will illuminate Buddhist concepts of gender and sexuality, views of women's spiritual capacities, the diversity of women's images, roles, experiences, concerns, and contributions in Buddhist societies, and scholarly approaches to women in Buddhism. Special attention will be given to how gender is constructed in each cultural and religious context encountered, with particular emphasis on Buddhist women in Southeast Asia. We will look into the reasons why texts on religion have not always included the voices of women, and we will investigate ways to uncover them through research techniques and alternative hermeneutical strategies.

GNDST 250 – Land, Markets, Democracy and Women
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 270 – Feminism and Capitalism
L. Zuckerwise
Monday, Wednesday  1:15-4:05 p.m.

This course will explore the relationship between feminism and capitalism in a contemporary context, particularly the way they reinforce and contradict one another. Examining this question through Marxist, liberal, post-structuralist, and post-colonial feminist theory, as well as the recent history of feminist and anti-capitalist movements, we will consider the economic and political underpinnings of feminist thinking and practice. Do certain feminisms carry implicit anti-capitalist commitments? To what extent are particular feminisms, especially liberal feminism, reliant upon capitalist structures and processes? What stakes might feminists have in preserving or uprooting capitalism?

GNDST 333 (01) – Beyond Logocentrism
Christian Gundermann
Monday 1:15-4:05 p.m.

Logocentric thinking is characterized by the desire for a center or original guarantee of all meaning, and has dominated the Western world since Greek antiquity. It attempts to repress difference in favor of identity and presence. Feminists have extended the concept to talk about phallogocentrism as the logical underpinning of patriarchy, and seek to go beyond it. Thinking beyond logocentrism is also crucial for the new discipline of critical animal studies. In this course, we will study attempts at breaking with the (phal)logocentric model of subjectivity, many of which have emerged in the "mestizo/a" continent.

GNDST 333 (02) – 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 (03) – Gender/Class in Victorian
Amy Martin
Tuesday, Thursday  1:15 – 3:05 p.m.

This course will investigate how representations of gender and class serve as a structuring principle in the development of the genre of the Victorian novel in Britain. We will devote significant attention to the construction of Victorian femininity and masculinity in relation to class identity, marriage as a sexual contract, and the gendering of labor. The texts chosen for this course also reveal how gender and class are constructed in relation to other axes of identity in the period, such as race, sexuality, and national character. Novelists will include Dickens, Eliot, Gaskell, C. Bronte, and Hardy. Supplementary readings in literary criticism and theory.

GNDST 333 (04)/PSYCH 319 (01) – Gender/Domestic Labor
Francine Deutsch
Wednesday  1:15 – 4:05 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 (05)/ENGL 377 – Feminist Poetics
K. Singer
Wednesday 1:15 – 4:05 p.m.

This seminar will explore innovations in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century women's verse. By investigating experiments with narrative, genre, stanza form, meter, and figurative language, we will contemplate what political, social, and ideological problems women writers attempted to present and perhaps solve through linguistic creativity. Larger questions include how to define "feminist poetics" and what potential such a project might afford poets and thinkers today. To this end, we will read selections of poetry in conversation with contemporary feminist theory as well as representations of women's incantation, prophecy, and singing by male poets and novelists of the day.

GNDST 333 (06)/FREN 370 – Every Secret Thing - Contemporary Women's Autobiographical Narrative in French
Christopher Rivers
Monday  1:15 – 4:05 p.m.

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 ways in which these authors present their life stories, especially its 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.

GNDST 333 (07)/ASIAN 350 – Love, Desire and Gender in Indian Literature
Indira Peterson
Tuesday  1:15 – 4:05 p.m.

Seminar on love, desire, and gender, major themes in Indian literature. We will read classic poems, plays, and narratives in translation from Sanskrit, Tamil, Hindi, and other languages, in relation to aesthetic theory, visual arts (miniature paintings), and performance genres (Indian dance, and the modern Bollywood cinema). Study of the conventions of courtly love, including aesthetic mood (rasa) and natural landscapes, and their transformation in Hindu bhakti and Sufi Muslim mystical texts, the Radha-Krishna myth, and film. Focus on representations of women and men, and on issues of power, voice, and agency.

GNDST 333 (08)/POL 328 (01) – Women in Dark Times
L. Zuckerwise
Tuesday  1:15 – 4:05 p.m.

This seminar focuses on the contributions of four women thinkers from two different generations: Emma Goldman, Rosa Luxemburg, Hannah Arendt, and Simone Weil. We will examine their important commonalities, including Jewish backgrounds, immigrant experiences, powerful political commitments, and leftists sympathies. We will also consider their theoretical and political engagements in concert and analyze the role of gender in their writing. How might their experience as female political activists shape their lives and work, especially before the emergency of contemporary feminist struggles?

GNDST 333 (09) – The Art of Fact
Martha Ackmann
Wednesday  1:15 – 4:05 p.m.

This course will examine narrative non-fiction biographies written by women biographers in order to determine the specific ways in which women tell the stories of other women's lives. We will investigate stylistic and theoretical approaches to writing biographies in which gender is a central focus. We will ask if "feminist biography" constitutes a literary genre. We will experience the challenges (and thrills) of conducting archival and primary research. The course will culminate in students writing chapter-length biographies.

GNDST 333 (10)/FILMST 340 – Women, Experimental Filmmakers
Robin Blaetz
Thursday  1:15 – 4:05 p.m.

This seminar examines experimental cinema made by women from the early 1950s, during the earliest years of the movement known as the American Avant-Garde, through the 1990s. While the class will read feminist film theory and see the work of such well-known filmmakers as Yvonne Rainer, Sally Potter, and Chantal Akerman, we will also examine the less familiar but highly influential films of women working in the home movie or diary mode, with particular emphasis on the work of Marie Menken.

GNDST 333 (11)/ARTH 310  – Female Portraits
Bettina Bergmann
Wednesday  1:15 – 4:05 p.m.

The seminar investigates likenesses of women from ancient Greece and Rome. Facial features, body language, hair and clothing will be studied with reference to contemporary social customs, theories of character and beauty, medical treatises, beliefs in deity and in the afterlife. Special attention will go to original objects in the Mount Holyoke Art Museum, including marble portraits and coins depicting classical queens and empresses.

African American and African Studies 312 Skinner Hall 538-2377

 

AAS 315/HIST 315 – The Crime and Prison Industry in the United States
L. Francis
Monday  7:00-10:00 p.m.
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This seminar draws on legal, social, cultural, political history, African American, Women/Gender and LGBT Studies. In this course, students explore the convergent racial, gender, economic, and sexual ideas and practices that animate criminal activity, prison reform, and penal administration. Students engage primary/secondary sources as "historians" critically analyzing the evolution of the crime and punishment. Ultimately, students acquire knowledge of the mutually sustaining forces of crime and the prison system, and think critically and creatively about ways to address the social problems linked to both institutions.

Asian Studies Ciruti 112 538-2885

 

ASIAN 248 - Contemporary Chinese Fiction: 1949 to the Present
Ying Wang
Tuesday, Thursday  2:30-3:45 p.m.
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A study of representative Chinese fictional writings from 1949 to the present focusing on the ways in which issues of individual and national identity, modernity, and gender have been probed and represented by different generations of Chinese writers. A particular emphasis will be placed on the novels and short stories published since the 1980s, in which both traditional ideology and literary styles are seriously questioned and challenged. Readings include works by Nobel Prize winner Gao Xingjian and other famous writers, such as Wang Meng, Zhang Xianliang, Zhang Jie, Wang Anyi, Yu Hua, Su Tong, etc.

 

Italian 112 Ciruti 538-2885

ITAL 340 - True Blood: Fantasmi, Mostri E Vampiri Della Letteratura Italiana
Barbara Garbin
Monday, Wednesday  1:15-2:30 p.m.
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What is fantastic literature? Is there an Italian tradition of fantastic writing? Do Italian authors share the fascination with the supernatural (ghosts, mysterious creatures, the world of the dead) of their Northern counterparts? This course will explore the fantastic theme from the earliest narratives in the late nineteenth century--based on the examples of the masters of the genre such as E.A. Poe and E.T.A. Hoffmann--to contemporary times. Students will analyze the works by, among others, Tarchetti, Boito, Pirandello, Buzzati, Landolfi, and Calvino. Special attention will be paid to modern and contemporary women writers of the fantastic, Ortese, Capriolo, Duranti, and more.

Music 208 Pratt 538-2306

MUSIC 147B – Early Music Ensembles – Voces Feminae
C. Bell
TBA

Renaissance and baroque for women’s voices. 

Theatre Arts Alice Wittington Rooke Theater 538-2118

TH 215 (01) – Advanced Performance Workshop
Roger Babb
Wednesday  1:15-3:05 p.m., Monday 7:00-9:50 p.m.

In this course we will engage (perform/direct) scenes from plays written by contemporary American women playwrights (i.e., Sybil Kempson, Erin Courtney, Karinne Keithly) while comparing them to scenes from early experimental American women playwrights (Gertrude Stein, Susan Glaspell). This is an advanced performance class that will rely heavily on dramaturgy as a point of access into texts that often defy the basic rules of drama and acting. There will be some theoretical and historical reading assignments, short individual research projects, and monthly scene presentations.