Smith College Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies courses, Spring 2012

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

SWG 100 – Issues in Queer Studies
Gary Lehring
Monday  7:30-8:45 p.m.

This course introduces students to issues raised by and in the emerging interdisciplinary field of queer studies. Through a series of lectures by Smith faculty members and invited guests, students will learn about subject areas, methodological issues and resources in queer studies.

SWG 150 – Introduction to the Study of Women and Gender
Monday, Wednesday, Friday  11:00-12:10 (4 sections)

An introduction to the interdisciplinary field of the study of women and gender through a critical examination of feminist histories, issues and practices. Focus on the U.S. with some attention to the global context.  Primarily for first and second year students. Lecture and discussion, students will be assigned to sections.

SWG 201 – Queer Black Studies, An Introduction
Kevin Quashie
Tuesday, Thursday  9:00-10:20 a.m.

How does queer studies, which questions the naturalization of identity, relate to black cultural studies, where identity is both subject to criticism and the foundation of a politic? What role has the black body played in the construction of gender and sexuality? How does the performativity of racial blackness (from blackface minstrelsy to hip hop) relate to ideas from queer theory? How do we understand the particular ways that homophobia has seemed to manifest in black communities? This course will highlight these four questions through theoretical, historical and sociological texts (as well as film, music and literature).

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 316 – Feminist Theories of Cross-Border Organizing
Elisabeth Armstrong
Monday, Wednesday  9:00-10:20 a.m.

Border crossing forms the cornerstone of feminist solidarity, whether across the bounds of propriety, or the definitions of racialized identities, or the police checkpoints of the nation-state. This seminar begins with border formation in newly independent nations of India and Pakistan. We will looks at the cultural production of national borders in films and photographs. We will discuss particular histories of how women¿s bodies were configured during Pakistan and India¿s partition. We also take up those feminist interventions in knowledge production that demand recognition of the gendered maintenance these national borders require. This seminar centers on feminist theories that imagine how to recognize strangers, defer citizenship, nurture desire and remembers the very histories that divide cohorts in struggle. Course assignments include in-class presentations, short written assignments and a detailed literature review. A background in feminist theory is required.

SWG 323 – Sex, Trade, And Trafficking
Carrie Baker
Tuesday  1:00-2:50 p.m.

This seminar will examine domestic and international trade and trafficking of women and girls, including sex trafficking, bride trafficking, trafficking of women for domestic and other labor, child prostitution, sex work, and pornography. We will explore societal conditions that shape this market, including economics, globalization, war, and technology. We will examine the social movements growing up around the trafficking of women, particularly divisions among activists working on the issue, and study recent laws and funding initiatives to address trafficking of women and girls. Throughout the seminar, we will apply an intersectional analysis in order to understand the significance of gender, race and class to women's experiences, public discourse, advocacy, and public policy initiatives around sex trade and trafficking.

African Studies Wright Hall 232A 585-3355

AAS 366 – Classic Black Texts (Capstone Course)
Daphne Lamothe
Tuesday  1:00-2:50 p.m.

This seminar will study closely a dozen or so classic texts of the Black canon. The intent here will be to look at each text in its specific historical context, in its entirety, and in relation to various trajectories of  Black history and intellectual formation. Though this course will necessarily revisit some works that a student might have encountered previously, its design is intended to consider these works in a more complete context than is possible in survey courses. Authors might include W.E.B. DuBois, Jean Toomer, Zora Neale Hurston, Ralph Ellison, Alice Walker, Toni Morrison, Rita Dove, Patricia Hill Collins, bell hooks, Lorraine Hansberry, Malcolm X, Marlon Riggs and Audre Lorde.

Afro-American Studies 102 Wright Hall 585-3572

AFRAM 366 – Ida B. Wells and the Struggle Against Racial Violence
Paula Giddings
Wednesday  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's 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

ANTHR 251- Women and Modernity in East Asia
Suzanne Gottschamg
Tuesday, Thursday  3:00-4:50 p.m.

This course explores the roles, representations and experiences of women in 20th-century China, Korea, Vietnam and Japan in the context of the modernization projects of these countries. Through ethnographic and historical readings, film and discussion this course examines how issues pertaining to women and gender relations have been highlighted in political, economic, and cultural institutions. The course compares the ways that Asian women have experienced these processes through three major topics: war and revolution, gendered aspects of work, and women in relation to the family.

ANTHR 271 – Globalization and Transnationalism in Africa
Caroline Melly
Monday, Wednesday  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.

Comparative Literature Pierce Hall 105 585-3302

CLT 230 – “Unnatural” Women:  Mothers Who Kill Their Children
Thalia Pandiri
Monday, Wednesday  2:40-4:00 p.m.

Some cultures give the murdering mother a central place in myth and literature while others treat the subject as taboo. How is such a woman depicted -- as monster, lunatic, victim, savior? What do the motives attributed to her reveal about a society's assumptions and values? What difference does it make if the author is a woman? Authors to be studied include Euripides, Seneca, Ovid, Anouilh, Papadiamandis, Atwood, Walker, Morrison.

CLT 235- Fairy Tales and Gender
Elizabeth Harries
Tuesday, Thursday  1:00-2:50 p.m.

A study of the literary fairy tale in Europe from the 1690s to the 1990s, with emphasis on the ways women have written, rewritten, and transformed them. Some attention to oral story-telling and to related stories in other cultures. Writers will include Aulnoy, Perrault, le Prince de Beaumont, the Grimms, Andersen, Christina Rossetti, Angela Carter, Sexton, Broumas. Not open to first-year students.

CLT 266 – South African Literature and Film
Katwiwa Mule
Tuesday, Thursday  1:00-2:50 p.m.
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A study of South African literature and film since 1948 in their historical, social, and political contexts. How do writers and film makers of different racial and political backgrounds remember and represent the past? How do race, class, gender, and ethnicity shape the ways in which they use literature and cinema to confront and resist the racist apartheid state? How do literature, film, and other texts such as testimonies from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission function as complex cultural and political sites for understanding the interconnections among apartheid taxonomies, various forms of nationalisms, and the often hollow post-apartheid discourse of non-racial "New South Africa?" Texts include testimonies from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, novels such as Alan Paton's Cry the Beloved Country, Mazisi Kunene's Mandela's Ego, Njabulo Ndebele's The Cry of Winnie Mandela, Nadine Gordimer's July's People, J.M. Coetzee's Waiting for the Barbarians, Athol Fugard's Tsotsi and Zoe Wicomb's You Can't Get Lost in Cape Town. We will also analyze films such as Cry the Beloved Country, Sarafina!, Tsotsi, Cry Freedom, and South Africa Belongs to Us.

East Asian Languages and Literature Wright Hall 131 585-3591

EAL 248 – The Tale of Genji and the Pillow Book
Thomas Rohlich
Monday, Wednesday, Friday  10:00-10:50 a.m.
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A study of the two most famous literary works of Heian (784-1185) Japan, both written by Ladies-in-Waiting to rival consorts of the Emperor. Although radically different in form and content, The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu and The Pillow Book of Sei Shônagon are considered to be two of the greatest pieces of Japanese literature, and they provide insight into the court at a time when women played a major role in society and the arts. Readings in English translation.

East Asian Studies Seelye 210 585-3591

EAS 215 – Pre-Modern Korean History:  Public Lives, Private Stories
Jina Kim
Tuesday, Thursday  9:00-10:20 a.m.
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This course is a survey of cultural, social, and political history of Korea from early times to the 19th century. We will explore major cultural trends, intellectual developments, and political shifts during Korea's long dynastic history. Some of the topics include literati culture; nativism and folk culture; gender in traditional Korean society; foreign relations; and Confucianism and kingship. All of these topics will be explored through the lens of changing perceptions of public and private lives of those who had become part of both public and private histories and stories of Korea.

English Languages and Literature 101 Wright Hall 585-3302

ENGL 238 – What Jane Austen Read:  The 18th Century Novel
Douglas Patey
Monday, Wednesday, Friday  9:00-9:50 a.m.
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A study of novels written in England from Aphra Behn to Jane Austen and Walter Scott (1688-1814). Emphasis on the novelists’ narrative models and choices; we will conclude by reading several novels by Austen, including one she wrote when thirteen years old.

ENG 277 – Postcolonial Women Writers
Ambreen Hai
Tuesday, Thursday  1:00-2:20 p.m.

A comparative study of 20th century women writers in English from Africa, the Caribbean, South Asia and Australia. We will read novels, short stories, poetry, plays and autobiography in their historical, cultural and political contexts as well as theoretical essays to address questions such as: how have women writers addressed the dual challenge of contesting sexism and patriarchy from within their indigenous cultures as well as the legacies of western imperialism from without? How have they combined feminism with anti-colonialism? How have they deployed the act of writing as cultural work on multiple counts: addressing multiple audiences; challenging different stereotypes about gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity? What new stories have they told to counter older stories, what silences have they broken? How have they renegotiated the public and the private, or called attention to areas often ignored by their male contemporaries, such as relations among women, familial dynamics, motherhood, bodily desire, or the gendered effects of migration and diaspora? Writers include Anita Desai, Kamala Das, Thrity Umrigar, Deepa Mehta, Ama Ata Aidoo, Bessie Head, Nawal el Saadawi, Jamaica Kincaid, Michelle Cliff, Zadie Smith, Sally Morgan.

ENG 287 – Representing Women in the Renaissance
Naomi Miller
Tuesday, Thursday  9:00-10:20 a.m.

A consideration of a wide-variety of texts by seventeenth-century women- diaries, letters, and memoirs; poems (sonnets, personal and religious lyrics); drama; and prose fiction  with some of the following questions in mind: What self-conceptions or forms of self-representation shape these writings? To what extent are these texts informed by external considerations or genres; by romance, religious autobiography, poetic or narrative conventions; or by expectations of an ending? What kinds of assumptions or preconceptions does the modern reader bring to these texts?

ENG 312 – Converts, Criminals, Fugitives:  Print Culture of the African Diaspora, 1760-1860
Andrea Stone
Thursday  3:00-4:50 p.m.
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This seminar will explore the varied publications produced by people of African descent, America, Canada, and England, including early sermons and conversion narratives, criminal confessions, fugitive slave narratives, and the black press. We will consider these works in terms of publishing history, editorship (especially women editors), authorship, readership, circulation, advertising, influence, literacy, community building, politics, and geography. We will examine their engagements with such topics as religion, law economics, emigration, gender, race, and temperance. Smith’s manuscript and periodical holdings will offer us a treasure trove of source materials.

ENG 333 – Hawthone and Stowe and the American Novel
Richard Millington
Wednesday  7:30-9:30 p.m.
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While Nathaniel Hawthorne and Harriet Beecher Stowe share some crucial interests, the nature of freedom, the relation between gender and power, the meanings of domestic life, to name a few, they work in two quite different novelistic and cultural idioms, with Hawthorne taken to represent the interpretively demanding symbolic mode associated with classic American fiction, and Stowe thought to exemplify the direct emotional and ethical power of the sentimental fiction linked especially to the work of women writers. Accordingly, their works have figured centrally in recent critical debates about literary value, the cultural work of the American novel, and the politics of reading and writing. In this seminar we will explore key works by each writer and participate, through our readings and conversations, in the critical debates their fiction has provoked. Works to be studied: Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, The House of the Seven Gables, and The Blithedale Romance; Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Dred, and one of her New England novels along with selected critical and historical materials.

French Studies 101 Wright Hall 585-3360

FREN 230 – Consumers, Culture and the French Department Store
Jonathan Gosnell
Monday, Wednesday, Friday  10:00-10:50 a.m.

How have French stores and shopping practices evolved since the grand opening of Le Bon Marché in 1869? In what ways have megastores influenced French "culture?" We will examine representations of mass consumption in literature, the press, history, and analyses of French popular and bourgeois culture. We will pay particular attention to the role of women in the transactions and development of culture.

Government 15 Wright Hall 585-3702

GOV 308 – Women in Politcs
Ann Robbart
Tuesday  1:00-2:50 p.m.

Topics include: identity, activism, appointments, electoral process and outcomes, and law and policy specific to women. Students will write a research paper on a topic, organization, or a woman of their choosing.

History 13 Wright Hall 585-3702

HIST 268 – Native American Indians since 1500
Dawn Peterson
Monday, Wednesday  1:10-2:30 p.m.
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Because of the spatial and temporal breadth of this survey and the diversity of the histories it addresses, over the course of the semester we will focus on select North American Indian peoples in historical periods after 1500. Some major themes include political negotiation and alliance; trade; gender, labor, and the experiences of Native women; the ideologies and material practices of conquest and colonization; formations of colonial violence; histories of captivity and slavery; the defense of culture and homelands; de-colonization; cultural innovation and resilience; and indigenous articulations of history and sovereignty.

HIST 278 – Women in the United States, 1865 to Present
Jennifer Guglielmo
Wednesday, Friday  2:40-4:00 p.m.

Survey of women’s and gender history with focus on race, class, and sexuality. Informed by feminist methodologies to consider how the study of women’s lives changes our understanding of history, knowledge, culture, and the politics of resistance. Topics include emancipation from slavery, race and racism, labor, colonialism, imperialism, im/migration, nationalism, popular culture, citizenship, education, religion, war, consumerism, civil rights and the modern freedom movement, feminism, queer cultures, and globalizing capitalism.

HIST 318 – Inquiries into United States Social History: Im/migrant Workers and the Politics of Race, Nation and Resistance
Jennifer Guglielmo
Tuesday  1:00-4:00 p.m.
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Explores significance of im/migrant workers and their transnational social movements to U.S. history in the late 19th and 20th centuries. How have im/migrants responded to displacement, marginalization, and exclusion, by redefining the meanings of home, citizenship, community, and freedom? What are the connections between mass migration and U.S. imperialism? What are the histories of such cross-border social movements as labor radicalism, borderlands feminism, Black Liberation, and anti-colonialism? Topics also include racial formation; criminalization, incarceration and deportation; and the politics of gender, sexuality, race, class and nation.

HIST 355 – Women and World War I:  The Smith College Relief Unit
Jennifer Hall-Witt
Tuesday  1:00-4:00 p.m.

Students undertake archival research in the papers of the Smith College Relief Unit to explore relationships between women and the Great War. Between 1917 and the late 1920s, forty-seven Smith alumnae led reconstruction efforts in the Somme valley in France, one of the areas most devastated by the war. Drawing on materials in the Sophia Smith Collection--diaries, letters, photograph albums, newspaper clippings, and financial records--the class compares this first women's college relief unit with other Americans and Europeans who contributed to the war effort.

Interdisciplinary Studies 207B Seelye Hall 585-3420

IDP 208 – Women’s Medical Isssues
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.

Latin American and Latino/a Studies Seelye Hall 585-3591

LAS 201 – “The Bronze Screen”:  Performing Latina/o on Film and in Literature
Nancy Sternbach
Monday, Wednesday, Friday  11:00-12:10 a.m.

This course examines the representation of Latinas/os in contemporary film contrasted with contemporary Latina/o literature. One of our efforts will be to learn to cast a critical eye on those performances and the stereotypes portrayed in them and to articulate those experiences in written work. We will examine the special circumstances of each of the three main Latino groups, as well as contrast the dominant culture’s portrayal of Latinas/os with their own self-representation both in literature and film. Questions of ethnicity, class, political participation, privilege and gender will also inform our readings and viewings. Class discussions will be in English, but bilingualism will be encouraged throughout the course.

LAS 244/SOC 244 – Feminisms and Women’s Movements:  Latin American Women’s and Latinas’ Pursuit of Social Justice
Ginetta Candelario
Tuesday, Thursday  1:00-2:50 p.m.

This course is designed to familiarize students with the history of Latin American and Latina (primarily Chicana) feminist thought and activism. A central goal of the course is to provide an understanding of the relationship between feminist thought, women's movements and local/national contexts and conditions. The writings of Latin American and Latina feminists will comprise the majority of the texts; thus we are limited to the work of those who write and/or publish in English. (Students who are proficient in Spanish or Portuguese will have an opportunity to read feminist materials in those languages for their written projects.)

LAS 301 – Puerto Rico and Cuba in the “American Century”
Ann Zulawski
Thursday  3:00-4:50 p.m.
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Often referred to as "two wings of the same bird," Puerto Rico and Cuba both have roots in Spanish colonialism, slavery and cultures of the African diaspora. Through migration, trade and shared political pursuits their people were long in contact with each other and participated in a broader pan-Caribbean intellectual and cultural milieu. Cuba and Puerto Rico both have histories of nationalist struggles for independence and complex political and cultural relationships with the United States. This seminar will begin in about 1850 and examine slavery, race, colonialism and independence in both countries. It will then concentrate on the experiences of Puerto Rico and Cuba after 1898, in the American Century, and explore how one became the only socialist country in the Americas and the other a U.S. territory. Our study will be scaffolded by political and social history, and it will use literature, music, film, and analysis of race and gender to understand these two interrelated stories.

Philosophy Dewey Hall 585-3679

PHIL 235 – Morality, Politics, and the Law
Elizabeth Spelman
Tuesday, Thursday  10:30-11:50 a.m.

This course explores central issues of moral, political, and legal philosophy in relation to alternative interpretations of the meaning and importance of core values such as justice, rights, equality, community, and liberty. We will examine various perspectives on these issues, including versions of liberal, libertarian, communitarian, and feminist approaches presented by influential contemporary moral and political theorists. Prerequisite: one course in moral or political philosophy.

REL 106 – Women and Religion
Lois Dubin, Verz Shevzov
Tuesday, Thursday  10:30-11:50 a.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.

Religion Dewey Hall II 585-3662

REL 277 -  South Asian Masculinities
Andy Rotman
Monday, Wednesday  1:10-2:30 p.m.

This course considers the role of religion in the construction of male identities in South Asia, and how these identities function in the South Asian public sphere. Topics to be considered will include: Krishna devotion and transgender performance; the cinematic phenomenon of the "angry young man"; hijras and the construction of gender; wrestling and the politics of semen retention; and the connection between Lord Ram and the rise of militant Hindu nationalism.

Sociology 224 Wright Hall 585-3520

 

SOC 212 – Class and Society
Rick Fantasia
Tuesday, Thursday  10:30-11:50 a.m.
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An introduction to classical and contemporary approaches to class relations, status, and social inequality. Topics include Marxian and Weberian analysis, social mobility, class consciousness, class reproduction, and the place of race and gender in the class order.

SOC 213 – Race and National Identity in the United States
Ginetta Candelario
Tuesday, Thursday  9:00-10:20 a.m.

The sociology of a multiracial and ethnically diverse society. Comparative examinations of several American groups and subcultures.

SOC 317 – Inequality in Higher Education
Tina Wildhagen
Tuesday  3:00-4:50 p.m.
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This course will apply a sociological lens to understanding inequality in American higher education. We will examine how the conflicting purposes of higher education have led to a highly stratified system of colleges and universities. We will also address the question of how student's social class, race, ethnicity, and gender affect their chances of successfully navigating this stratified system of higher education. Finally, we will examine selected public policies aimed at minimizing inequality in student's access to and success in college.

SOC 323 – Gender and Social Change
Nancy Whittier
Tuesday  1:00-2:50 p.m.

Theory and research on the construction of and change in gender categories in the United States, with particular attention to social movements that seek to change gender definitions and stratification, including both feminist and anti-feminist movements. Theoretical frameworks are drawn from feminist theory and social movement theory. Readings examine historical shifts in gender relations and norms, changing definitions of gender in contemporary everyday life, and politicized struggles over gender definitions. Themes throughout the course include the social construction of both femininity and masculinity, the intersection of race, class, and sexual orientation with gender, and the growth of a politics of identity. Case studies include feminist, lesbian and gay, right-wing, self help, anti-abortion, and pro-choice movements.

SOC 327 – Global Migration in the 21st Century
Payal Banerjee
Thursday  3:00-4:50 p.m.
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This 300-level seminar will provide an in-depth engagement with global migration. It will cover areas such as: theories of migration, the significance of global political economy and state policies across the world in shaping migration patterns and immigrant identities. Questions about imperialism, post-colonial conditions, nation-building/national borders, citizenship, and the gendered racialization of immigration will intersect as critical contexts for our discussions.

Spanish and Portuguese Hatfield Hall 585-3450

SPAN 221 – The Brazilian Body:  Representing Women in Brazil’s Literature and Culture
Marguerite Harrison
Monday, Wednesday, Friday  11:00-12:10 a.m.

This course raises questions about gender, race, class and stereotype through narratives and images of women’s bodies in 19th and 20th century Brazil. Works by writers such as Jorge Amado, Clarice Lispector, Ana Miranda and Marilene Felinto, and artists Tarsila do Amaral, Emiliano Di Cavalcanti, Lygia Clark, and Rosana Paulino, among others, will be studied with the aim of addressing traditional cultural biases about beauty, sexuality, and Brazilian national identity.

SPAN 230 – Creative Writing By/With Spanish Women Writers
Reyes Lazaro
Monday, Wednesday  9:00-10:20 a.m.

This is a hinge course between beginning-intermediate and advanced-intermediate courses. Its goal is to begin to develop students’ sophistication and analytical capacities as readers of fiction, as well as to move them along in the acquisition of linguistic and cultural literacy in Spanish. Students will read short stories and biographical pieces written by Spanish women from the 12th century to our day, as well as one novel. Texts will be presented in reverse chronological order given that older texts tend to present certain additional difficulties. Students will write essays (1, 2, 4 pages) and short pieces of fiction (1/2, 1, 2 pages) in order to become introduced to the history of women’s writing in Spain; develop an understanding of what makes fiction-writing a unique form of expression; develop Spanish vocabulary (in general and for literary analysis), a sense of register, audience and style, as well as clarity of expression and grammatical accuracy; become introduced to reading longer texts in Spanish.

SPAN 230 – Central American Poetry of War and Peace
Nancy Sternbach
Monday, Wednesday  9:00 a.m.-10:20 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..

SPAN 245:  Muslim Women in Spain:  756 to the Present
Ibtissam Bouachrine
Monday, Wednesday, Friday  11:00-12:10 p.m.

This course examines the experiences of Muslim women in the Iberian Peninsula from the Middle Ages until today. Discussions will focus on Muslim women’s literary and cultural contributions to the Spanish society. Students will also be invited to think critically about categories and identities such as, woman, Muslim, European, African, Amazighi, and Mediterranean. Highly recommended for students considering JYA in Spain. A satisfactory command of Spanish is required.

SPAN 372 – Women, Environmental Justice and Social Action
Michelle Joffroy
Tuesday, Thursday  10:30 – 11:50 a.m.

This multi-disciplinary course explores key debates and theoretical approaches involved in understanding environmental concerns, as well as the role of art and cultural production in social movements, in Latin America from a gender and justice perspective. With Latin American women’s and environmental movements as our lens, we will map the politics and poetics of environmental justice in Latin America from the early 20th century to the present. Through films, memoirs, ethnography, music and narrative fiction we will explore how women’s cultural and social activisms have articulated the multiple ways that gender, class and race mediate paradigms of political-environmental justice.