UMASS

WOMENSST 297G - Gender & Transnational Activism
Alexandrina Deschamps
Tuesday, Thursday 1:00-2:15 p.m.
(inside or outside)

In the last two decades transnationalism has become an important conceptual approach and research program. The intent of this course is to engage in an interdisciplinary, global, diverse introduction and overview of disciplines that apply the transnationalism approach to different organizations, NGOs, feminist/women's/gender based networks and organizations, educational spaces, and related organizations and movements. Selected readings will examine the worldwide variation in women's and gender concerns, goals, and strategies and underscore the point that some of the most exciting recent developments in gender activism have been generated by the movement of scholars, ideas, technology, multigoal organizations, diverse organizational structures and a variety of social, cultural, and political strategies.  Students will also have the opportunity to be introduced to a range of guest lecturers from interdisciplinary perspectives.

History 594Z - Black Women & Politics in the 19th Century
Irene Krauthamer
Tuesday, Thursday 2:30-3:45 p.m.
(inside)

This writing seminar focuses on 19th-century African American women's involvement in political issues such as abolition, women's suffrage, public health, worker's rights and education.  Students will read both primary sources and current scholarship on the subject.  Students will work on independent research projects through the semester and will present that research in their final paper and an oral presentation to the class. 

POLISCI 391M – Women and Politics in Africa
Catharine Newbury
Tuesday, Thursday 2:30-3:45
(outside)

This course will explore the genesis and effects of political activism by women in Africa, which some believe represents a new African feminism, and its implications for state/ civil society relations in contemporary Africa.  Topics will include the historical effects of colonialism on the economic, social, and political roles of African Women, the nature of urban/rural distinctions, and the diverse responses by women to the economic and political crises of postcolonial African policies.  Case studies of specific African countries, with readings of novels and women's life histories as well as analyses by social scientists.

SPAN 497CL – Pequena historia de la escritura femenina en el Caribe (outside)
Margara Russotto
Tuesday, Thursday 11:15-12:30 p.m.

This course is a panoramic review of the works by female writers in the Hispanic Caribbean, both insular and continental, aiming to create a historical itinerary of its themes and problems, from the 19th century to the present. We will read selected works from Republica Dominicana, Venezuela, Cuba, Costa Rica, Colombia, Puerto Rico, among others. Students will be expected to participate intensively: there will be oral presenations, book reviews, a midterm exam, and a final paper. TAUGHT IN SPANISH. Pre-requisite: 319, 322, 323, 417 or consent from the instructor.

AMHERST COLLEGE

WAGS 04/POSC 44 – Political Economy of Gender in Latin America
Manuela Picq
Wednesday  2:00-4:30 p.m.
(outside)

Latin America has the greatest extremes of wealth of any region in the world, and gender is one of the most important factors leading to this inequality. The study of gender therefore offers a valuable window into the socio-economic structures and political systems of the region. Bringing together the disciplines of comparative politics, political economy, and gender, this course proposes to analyze the gender implications of economic and political reforms at large in Latin America, from the military dictatorships of the 1970s through the democratization of the 1980s, the neoliberal reforms of the 1990s, and the New Left. We will also explore the history and geography of women's rights in terms of political participation, agrarian reform, informal economics, reproductive rights, welfare policies, migration, and human trafficking. Beyond women's rights, the class analyzes social movements and the politics of contestation in Latin America, movements’ interactions with state actors and the impact of changing markets on women's empowerment.

WAGS 69 – South Asian Feminist Cinema
Krupa Shandilya
Wednesday  2:00-4:30 p.m.
(outside)

How do we define the word “feminism”? Can the term be used to define cinematic texts outside the Euro-American world? In this course we will study a range of issues that have been integral to feminist theory--the body, domesticity, same sex desire, gendered constructions of the nation, feminist utopias and dystopias--through a range of South Asian cinematic texts. Through our viewings and readings we will consider whether the term “feminist” can be applied to these texts, and we will experiment with new theoretical lenses for exploring these films. Films will range from Satyajit Ray’s classic masterpiece Charulata to Gurinder Chadha’s trendy diasporic film, Bend It Like Beckham. Attendance for screenings on Monday is compulsory.

ASLC 35 - The World's Oldest Novel: The Tale of Genji and Its Refractions
Timothy J. Van Compernolle
Monday, Wednesday  12:30-1:50 p.m.
(outside)

Written over one thousand years ago by Murasaki Shikibu, The Tale of Genji (Genji monogatari) is the supreme masterpiece of Japanese literature, a work whose influence on subsequent arts and letters in the country is impossible to exaggerate.  As the world’s earliest extant prose narrative by a woman writer, the Genji has received attention in world literature and women’s studies programs.  With its rich psychological portraits of desire, guilt, and memory, the work has also gained a reputation as “the world’s oldest novel.”  In this course, we will read the entire Tale of Genji in English translation and engage fully with its sophistication and complexity by employing diverse critical perspectives.  We will investigate both the tenth-century prose experiments that made the work possible and a number of later works in different genres so as to gain awareness of the impact of the Genji on the culture of every historical era since its composition.  We will also have occasion to consider the reception of Murasaki’s masterpiece in the English-speaking world.

MOUNT HOLYOKE COLLEGE

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

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.
(inside)

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
J. Lipman
Tuesday, Thursday  8:35-9:50 a.m.
(outside)

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.
(inside)

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

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.

SMITH COLLEGE

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

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's campaign, and in the process study the profound intersections of race, class, gender and sexuality which have shaped American culture and history.

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

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.
(outside)

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.

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

(outside)

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.