Program for the Study of Women and Gender Seelye Hall 207B 585-3393

SWG 205 - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History in the United States, 1945-2003
Daniel Rivers
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:10 - 2:30 p.m.

This course offers an overview of LGBT culture and history in the United States from 1945 to 2003. We will use a variety of historical and literary sources, including films and sound clips, to examine changes in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered lives and experiences during the last half of the twentieth century. The course will encourage the students to think about intersections of race, sexuality, and class, and how these categories have affected sexual minority communities. The course will also explore the legal and cultural impact sexual minority communities have had in the United States.

SWG 238 - Women, Money and Transnational Social Movements
Elisabeth Armstrong
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:10 - 2:30 p.m.

Flickers of global finance capital across computer screens cannot compare to the travel preparations of women migrating from rural homes to work at computer chip factories. Yet both movements, of capital and people, constitute vital facets of globalization in our current era. This course centers on the political linkages forged in those transnational social movements from the mid-twentieth to the early twenty-first centuries that address the politics of women and money. We will research social movements that address the raced, classed and gendered inequities and the costs of maintaining order. We will assess the alternatives proposed by global labor movements, from micro-finance to worker-owned cooperatives, to shed light on the cultural fabric of the global finance industry. Assignments include community-based research on local and global political movements, short papers and written reflections.

SWG 270 - Documenting Lesbian Lives
Kelly Anderson
Monday, Wednesday, Friday  11:00-12:10 p.m.

Grounding our work in the current scholarship in lesbian history, this course will explore lesbian communities, cultures, and activism.   While becoming familiar with the existing narratives about lesbian lives, students will be introduced to the method of oral history as a key documentation strategy in the production of lesbian history.  Our texts will include secondary literature on late 20th century lesbian culture and politics, oral history theory and methodology, and primary sources from the Sophia Smith Collection (SSC). Students will conduct, transcribe, edit, and interpret their own interviews for their final project.  The course objectives are: an understanding of modern lesbian movements and cultures from a historical perspective, basic skills in and knowledge of oral history methods, and the rich experience of being historians by creating new records of lesbian lives. 

SWG 300 - Intimate Revolutions: Sexuality and the Family in the Postwar Era
Daniel Rivers
Thursday 1:00 - 2:50 p.m.


This seminar will look at the ways that categories of sexuality, class, race, and gender have intersected and operated in constructions of the family in the last half of the twentieth century. The focus will be on both political and institutional attempts to regulate the family and the ways the family has acted as a site of resistance. We will interrogate the notion of the family as a static, conservative institution and explore how changes in reproduction and sexuality have been linked both to each other and to other social transformations.

Afro-American Studies 102 Wright Hall 585-3572

AAS 366 - Ida B. Wells and the Struggle against Racial Violence
Paula Giddings
Monday 7:00 - 9:30 p.m.

Ida B. Wells (1862-1931) was a black investigative journalist who began, in 1892, the nation's first anti-lynching campaign. In her deconstruction of the reasons for, and response to, violence--and particularly lynching--she also uncovered the myriad components of racism in a formative period of race relations that depended on ideas of emerging social sciences, gender identity, and sexuality. The course will follow Wells' campaign, and in the process study the profound intersections of race, class, gender and sexuality which have shaped American culture and history.

Anthropology 15 Wright Hall 585-3500

 

ANT 271 - Globalization and Transnationalism in Africa
Caroline Melly
Tuesday & Thursday 9:00 - 10:20 a.m.

This course considers the shifting place of Africa in a global context from various perspectives. Our goal will be to understand the global connections and exclusions that constitute the African continent in the new millennium. We will explore topics such as historical connections, gender, popular culture, global economy, development, commodities, health and medicine, global institutions, violence and the body, the postcolonial state, religion, science and knowledge, migration and diaspora, the Internet and communications, and modernity.

Classical Languages & Literature Dewey Hall 585-3480

 

CLS 233 - Gender and Sexuality in Greco-Roman Culture
Nancy Shumate
Wednesday & Friday 9:00 - 10:20 a.m.

The construction of gender, sexuality and erotic experience is one of the major sites of difference between Greco-Roman culture and our own. What constituted a proper man and a proper woman in these ancient societies? Which sexual practices and objects of desire were socially sanctioned and which considered deviant? What ancient modes of thinking about these issues have persisted into the modern world? Attention to the status of women; the role of social class; the ways in which genre and convention shaped representation; the relationship between representation and reality.

Comparative Literature Pierce Hall 105 585-3302

 

CLT 229 - The Renaissance Gender Debate
Ann Jones
Tuesday & Thursday 3:00 - 4:50 p.m.

In “La Querelle des Femmes” medieval and Renaissance writers (1350-1650) took on misogynist ideas from the ancient world and early Christianity: woman as failed man, irrational animal, fallen Eve. Writers debated women’s sexuality (insatiable or purer than men’s?), marriage (the hell of nagging wives or the highest Christian state?), women’s souls (nonexistent or subtler than men’s?), female education (a danger or a social necessity?). In the context of the social and cultural changes fuelling the polemic, we will analyze the many literary forms it took, from Chaucer’s Wife of Bath to Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, story collections such as Marguerite de Navarre’s Heptameron, women writers’ dialogues, such as Moderata Fonte’s The Worth of Women, and pamphlets from the popular press. Some attention to the battle of the sexes in the visual arts.

CLT 260 - Health and Illness: Literary Explorations
Sabina Knight
Monday & Wednesday 2:40-4:00
p.m.

How do languages, social norms and economic contexts shape experiences of health and illness? How do conceptions of selfhood, sexuality, belonging and spirituality inform ideas about well-being, disease, intervention and healing? This cross-cultural literary inquiry into bodily and emotional experiences will also explore Western biomedical and traditional Chinese diagnosis and treatment practices. From despair and chronic pain to cancer, aging and death, how do sufferers and their caregivers adapt in the face of infirmity or trauma? Our study will also consider how stories and other genres can help develop resilience, compassion and hope.

CLT 268 - Transnational Latina Feminisms
Nancy Sternbach
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11:00 - 12:10 p.m.

This course examines the last twenty years of Latina writing in this country while tracing the Latin American roots of many of the writers. Constructions of ethnic identity, gender, Latinidad, “race,” class, sexuality, and political consciousness are analyzed in light of the writers’ coming to feminism. Texts by Esmeralda Santiago, Gloria Anzaldúa, Sandra Cisneros, Judith Ortiz Cofer, Denise Chávez, Demetria Martínez, and many others are included in readings that range from poetry and fiction to essay and theatre. Knowledge of Spanish is not required, but will be useful.

CLT/EAL 239 Contemporary Chinese Women’s Fiction
Sabina Knight
Tuesday, Thursday 1:10 - 2:50 p.m.

An exploration of major themes through close readings of contemporary fiction by women from China, Taiwan, Tibet, and Chinese diasporas. Theme for 2011: Intimacy. How do stories about love, romance, and desire (including extramarital affairs, serial relationships and love between women) reinforce or contest norms of economic, cultural, and sexual citizenship? What do narratives of intimacy reveal about the social consequences of economic restructuring? How do pursuits, realizations, and failures of intimacy lead to personal and social change? Readings are in English translation and no background in China or Chinese is required.

English Languages and Literature 101 Wright Hall 585-3302

ENG 334 - Servants in Literature and Film
Ambreen Hai
Thursday 1:00 - 2:50 p.m.

Often invisible but crucial, servants in English literature have served as comic relief, go-betweens, storytellers, sexual targets, and sometimes as central protagonists.  But what roles do they play in contemporary literature and film?  What can we learn from them about modernity, class, power relations, sexuality, gender, marriage or family?  What new responses do they evoke from us?  This seminar will consider how writers from various cultures and times call upon the figure of the domestic servant for different purposes, and how a view from (or of) the margins can change how and what we see.  Writers include Shakespeare, Richardson, Emily Bronte, Wilkie Collins, Kazuo Ishiguro, Kiran Desai, Khaled Hosseini, Deepa Mehta.  Permission of the instructor. 

Environmental Science & Policy 107 Bass Hall 585-3951

 

EGR 205 - Science, Technology, and Ethics
Donna Riley
Tuesday, Thursday 1:00 - 2:20 p.m.

This course draws on readings from philosophy, science and technology studies, feminist and postcolonial science studies, and engineering to examine topics including technology and control, science and social inequality, and the drive toward production and consumption on increasingly large, cheap, fast, automated, and global scales. What new models of science and engineering can change who decides how science and engineering are done, who can participate in the scientific enterprise, and what problems are legitimately addressed? Some course experience in one or more of the following is required: philosophy and ethics, the study of women and gender, or science and engineering.

First Year Seminars Wright Hall 12 585-4910

FYS 149 - An Even Playing Field? Women, Sport and Equity
Christine Shelton
Tuesday, Thursday 10:30 - 11:50 a.m.


This first-year seminar offers a survey of women’s past and present involvement with sport and physical activity. What are the issues and debates surrounding gender in sport? How has the interpretation of Title IX supported and hindered full access to participation and leadership in sport for girls and women? This course is intended to help develop and foster critical thinking skills, to learn and understand the historical and social context underlying the current state of women’s participation in sport. Field trips to local sporting events and venues will be part of this seminar.

FYS 169 - Women and Religion
Lois Dubin and Vera Shevzov
Tuesday, Thursday 1:00 - 2:20 p.m.

An exploration of the roles played by religion in women’s private and public lives, as shaped by and expressed in sacred texts, symbols, rituals, and institutional structures.  Experiences of Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, and Wiccan women facing religious authority and exercising agency.  We will consider topics such as feminism and gender in the study of religion; God-talk and goddesses; women’s bodies and sexuality; family, motherhood and celibacy; leadership and ordination; critiques of traditions, creative adaptations, and new religious movements.  Sources will include novels, films, poetry, and visual images in addition to scriptural and religious texts. 

FYS 172 - (Dis)Obedient Daughters
Thalia Pandiri
Monday, Wednesday 2:40 - 4:00 p.m.

How does the powerful relationship between mothers and daughters influence how women define themselves and search for their own identity? What does it mean when a woman defines who she is in opposition to her mother while seeking her mother's love and approval? How is the problem compounded when the mother's culture is different from her first-generation-immigrant daughter's? Through fiction and film by women from different cultures, we will explore such topics as gender roles, race, ethnicity and class. Authors read will include Jamaica Kincaid, Ama Ata Aidoo, Alice Munro, Margaret Atwood, Maxine Hong Kingston, Nora Okja Keller, Jhumpa Lahiri, Laila Wadia, Igiaba Scego.

Government 15 Wright Hall 585-3702

 

GOV 347 - North Africa in the International System
Greg White
Tuesday 1:00 - 2:50 p.m.

This seminar examines the history and political economy of Morocco, Tunisia, and Algeria – the Maghreb – focusing on the post-independence era. Where relevant, Mauritania and Libya will be treated. The seminar sets Maghrebi politics in the broader context of its regional situation within the Mediterranean (Europe and the Middle East), as well as its relationship to sub-Saharan Africa and North America. Study is devoted to: 1) the independence struggle; 2) the colonial legacy; 3) contemporary political economy; and 4) post-colonial politics and society. Special attention will be devoted to the politics of Islam, the “status” of women, and democratization.

GOV 367 - The Body Politic: Politics of the Body
Gary Lehring
Tuesdays & Thursdays 3:00 - 4:50 p.m.

This seminar examines the contemporary politicization of human bodies focusing on the way bodies have become represented, imagined, dispersed, monitored, regulated, and inscribed within and through recently emergent political struggles. Often providing new forms of resistance to the dominant social text, new bodily and political possibilities bring with them new modes of surveillance and containment of bodies and politics. Issues we will explore include the following: abortion, reproduction, AIDS, gender subversion, sexual acts and identities, political torture, and terminal illness.

History 13 Wright Hall 585-3702

HST 223 - Women in Japanese History from Ancient Times to the 19th Century
Marnie Anderson
Thursday 1:00-3:30


The dramatic transformation in gender relations is a key feature of Japan’s premodern history.  How Japanese women and men have constructed norms of behavior in different historical periods, how gender differences were institutionalized in social structures and practices, and how these norms and institutions changed over time.  The gendered experiences of women and men from different classes from approximately the 7th through the 19th centuries.  Consonant with current developments in gender history, exploration of variables such as class, religion, and political context which have affected women’s and men’s lives.

HST 253 - Women and Gender in Contemporary Europe
Darcy Buerkle
Tuesday, Thursday 10:30 - 11:50 a.m.

Women’s experience and constructions of gender in the commonly recognized major events of the 20th century. Introduction to major thinkers of the period through primary sources, documents and novels, as well as to the most significant categories in the growing secondary literature in 20th-century European history of women and gender.

Interdisciplinary Studies 207B Seelye Hall 585-3420

IDP 208 - Women's Medical Issues
Leslie Jaffe
Tuesday, Thursday 10:30 - 11:50 a.m.

A study of topics and issues relating to women's health, including menstrual cycle, contraception, sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancy, abortion, menopause, depression, eating disorders, nutrition and cardiovascular disease. Social, ethical and political issues will be considered including violence, the media's representation of women, and gender bias in health care. An international perspective on women's health will also be considered.

Psychology Bass 218 585-4399

PSY 374 - Psychology of Political Activism
Lauren Duncan
Tuesday 1:00 - 2:50 p.m.

Political psychology is concerned with the psychological processes underlaying political phenomena. This seminar focuses on people’s motivations to participate in political activism, especially activism around social issues. Readings include theoretical and empirical work from psychology, sociology, and political science. We will consider accounts of some large-scale social movements in the U.S. (e.g., Civil Rights Movement, Women’s Movement, White Supremacy Movements.) Permission of the instructor.

Religion Dewey Hall II 585-3662

REL 320 - Jewish Women’s History
Lois Dubin
Thursday 3:00 - 4:50 p.m.

An exploration of Jewish women’s changing social roles, religious stances, and cultural expressions in a variety of historical settings from ancient to modern times. How did Jewish women negotiate religious tradition, gender, and cultural norms to fashion lives for themselves as individuals and as family and community members in diverse societies? Readings from a wide range of historical, religious, theoretical, and literary works in order to address examples drawn from Biblical and rabbinic Judaism, medieval Islamic and Christian lands, modern Europe, America, and the Middle East. Enrollment limited to 12.

Sociology 224 Wright Hall 585-3520

SOC 229 - Sex and Gender in American Society
Kathleen Hulton
Monday, Wednesday  9:00-10:20 a.m.

An examination of the ways in which the social system creates, maintains, and reproduces gender dichotomies with specific attention to the significance of gender in interaction, culture, and a number of institutional contexts, including work, politics, families and sexuality.

SOC 237 - Gender and Globalization: Culture, Power, and Trade
Payal Banerjee
Monday, Wednesday  2:40-4:00 p.m.

This 200-level course will engage with the various dimensions of globalization through the lens of gender, race, and class relations. We will study how gender and race intersect in global manufacturing and supply chains as well as in the transnational politics of representation and access in global media, culture, consumption, fashion, food, water, war, and dissenting voices. Prerequisite: SOC 101. Enrollment limited to 40.

Spanish and Portuguese Hatfield Hall 585-3450

SPN 230 - Central American Poetry of War and Peace
Nancy Sternbach
Monday, Wednesday, Friday  9:00-9:50 a.m.

This course will offer an overview of Central American poetry since the late 19th century and continuing into the present through the lens of war and peace. We will study the role of poetry in revolutionary struggles, especially in Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala. Students will engage in an exploration of language and education as creative tools for communication.

Theatre T204 Theatre Building 585-3229

THE 319 - Shamans, Shapeshifters, and the Magic
Andrea Hairston
Tuesday  3:00-4:50 p.m., Wednesday   7:00-9:30 p.m.

To act, to perform is to speculate with your body. Theatre is a transformative experience that takes performer and audience on an extensive journey in the playground of the imagination beyond the mundane world. Theatre asks us to be other than ourselves. We can for a time inhabit someone else's skin, be shaped by another gender or ethnicity, become part of a past epoch or an alternative time and space similar to our own time but that has yet to come. As we enter this imagined world we investigate the normative principles of our current world. This course will investigate the counterfactual, speculative, subjunctive impulse in overtly speculative drama and film with a particular focus on race and gender. We will examine an international range of plays by such authors as Caryl Churchill, Tess Onwueme, Dael Olandersmith, Derek Walcott, Bertolt Brecht, Lorraine Hanberry, Craig Lucas, and Doug Wright, as well as films such as The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Pans Labyrinth, Children of Men, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, X-Men, Contact, and Brother From Another Planet.