Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies
Spring 2013
MOUNT HOLYOKE COLLEGE


Anthropology 102 Porter Hall 538-2283

ANTH 222-1 – Making Class Visible
Deborah Battaglia
Monday 7:00-10:00 p.m.
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This course examines questions of social class within the Mount Holyoke community, at critical intersections with race, gender, and disability. Drawing upon readings in anthropology and film studies that critique the notion of a homogeneous "community" and offer alternative theoretical models, students will focus reflexively on three projects. the co-production of an ethnographic film, the creation of an advertising campaign for the film, creation of a website, for extending the conversation about class, Among the questions we explore at all three sites are: What is your idea of work? Where and when do you notice class? Is class a topic of conversation and/or storytelling in your family?

ANTHR 346 – Identities/Differences
Deborah Battaglia
Wednesday  1:15-4:05 p.m.
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This course examines notions of person and self across cultures, with specific reference to the social construction and experience of cultural identities. Discussions focus on issues of gender, race, ethnicity, and the values of individuality and relationality in different cultures.

Asian Studies Ciruti 112 538-2885

ASIAN 252 – Stories and Storytelling
Indira Peterson
Monday, Wednesday  2:40-3:55 p.m.
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India is a treasure-house of tales, and the home of vibrant traditions of oral and written storytelling in classical Sanskrit and in modern languages. Indian tales have travelled around the world and have parallels and versions in The Arabian Nights, Decameron, and Canterbury Tales. Indian epics and myths are related to those of the Greeks. We will study the epic Ramayana, myths of Hindu gods, animal fables (Panchatantra), women's stories, and folktales in various forms, puppet plays, song, and dramatic performance. We will examine who tells stories, why and when, and compare Indian stories with tales from elsewhere, e.g., Aesop, Grimm, Homer.

English 111 Shattuck Hall 538-2146

ENGL 239 – When Families Attack
Elizabeth Meadows
Tuesday, Thursday  1:15-2:30 p.m.
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Although nineteenth-century political economists and social theorists often invoked the family as the building block of social organization, novelists paradoxically persisted in portraying families that were anything but exemplary. In this course we will explore how literary representations of families articulate and resist ideas of class, gender, privacy, and identity. We will track the evolving concept of family in novels by Austen, E. Brontë, Gaskell, A. Trollope, and Dickens to investigate how familial power dynamics function in opposition to or connivance with larger social networks and structures.

ENGL 311 – Chaucer:  The Canterbury Tales
Wesley Yu
Tuesday  1:15-4:05 p.m.
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Known as a storyteller par excellence, Chaucer was also a famous reader of classical epic, romance, and philosophy. This research seminar will give students the opportunity to read the Canterbury Tales in light of the work's cultural, historical, and literary contexts. Throughout the semester, students will engage with Chaucer's tales and his favorite sources to examine and discuss his representations of gender and class, his perspectives on religious authority, his use of the English vernacular, and his commitment to poetry.

ENGL 332 – George Eliot
Jenny Pyke
Tuesday  7:00-9:05 p.m.

When George Eliot's first stories were published, Charles Dickens wrote, "The exquisite truth and delicacy both of the humor and the pathos of these stories, I have never seen the like of." Decades later, Virginia Woolf called Middlemarch "one of the few English novels written for grown-up people." In her letters, Eliot said she wanted to change what the novel could do. Her novels are concerned with the mysterious and mundane, with the force of culture and history, and with the reverberations that move through the world from individual to individual. We will read some of her major works, including Adam Bede, Middlemarch, and Daniel Deronda, as well as some of her essays, influences, and historical and critical contexts.

Environmental Studies 304 Clapp Lab 538-2898

ENVST 321 – Food Justice:  Literature, Art and Activism
Chiyo Crawford
Monday 1:15-4:05 p.m.
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In a world of diminishing resources, the complex balance of the global food supply calls into question issues of justice and human values. Why is it that certain groups of people suffer disproportionately from food scarcity and contamination? How do we ensure affordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate food for all in the face of overconsumption, climate change, and population growth? We will study a diverse range of contemporary media as we engage in critical discussion of the production, distribution, and consumption of food. Topics will include food sovereignty and security; food disparities related to race, class and gender; animal liberation; and new food technologies.

Gender Studies 109 Shattuck 538-2257

GNDST 201 – Practices and Methods in Feminist Scholarship
Angela Willey
Tuesday, Thursday  8:35 – 9:50 a.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.

GNDST 204-1/CST 204 – Gender and Animality
Christian Gundermann
Tuesday, Thursday  6:00-7:30 p.m.

Are animals persons? Subjects? Do they have gender? Important shifts in public opinion have taken place concerning the moral, legal, and affective status of animals, yet liberal Academia still marginalizes the "animal question." In this course, we will draw on feminism's engagement against speciesism to chart diverse forms of human/non-human companionship. The analytic categories of gender and species will be examined side by side for their usefulness in understanding a world in which we no longer approach the human as the great exception. We will consider theory, fiction, films, art work, and the internet in approaching post-human concepts of life, personhood, and subjectivity.

GNDST 204-2 – Paper is on Its Way:  Black Women's Creative Production as Feminist/Womanist Thought
Bettina Judd
Tuesday, Thursday  4:15-5:30 p.m.

This course explores the interconnections of Black women's creative production and Black Feminist and Womanist thought. We will explore Black women's art, performance, and creative processes as a means of physical and psychic survival. Students will be exposed to emerging and classic Black Feminist and Womanist texts as well as the creative work of emerging and established visual artists, musicians and poets. Students will have the opportunity to engage with the work closely through close reading, formal analysis as well as creative and improvisational modes of engagement.

GNDST 204-3/ASIAN 215/THEAT 234/ENGL 204 – Androgyny/Gender in Chinese Theater
Ying Wang
Wednesday  1:15 – 4:50 p.m.

Yue Opera, an all-female art that flourished in Shanghai in 1923, resulted from China's social changes and the women's movement. Combining traditional with modern forms and Chinese with Western cultures, Yue Opera today attracts loyal and enthusiastic audiences despite pop arts crazes. We will focus on how audiences, particularly women, are fascinated by gender renegotiations as well as by the all-female cast. The class will read and watch classics of this theater, including Dream of the Red Chamber, Story of the Western Chamber, Peony Pavilion, and Butterfly Lovers. Students will also learn the basics of traditional Chinese opera.

GNDST 206/HIST 296 – Women in Chinese History
Jonathan Lipman
Tuesday, Thursday  2:40-3:55 p.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 210-1/PHIL 249 – Women in Philosophy
E. Katarina Vavova
Tuesday, Thursday  10:00-11:15 a.m.

This course will focus on three topics to which feminist thinking has made important philosophical contributions: pornography, objectification, and consent. We will draw on a variety of philosophical resources, ranging from liberal and feminist political theory, to speech act theory. We'll be looking at work by Simone deBeauvoir, Andrea Dworkin, Sally Haslanger, Rae Langton, Catharine MacKinnon, Martha Nussbaum, and others. The goal will be to see how careful philosophical thought can help us with pressing issues of gender.

GNDST 210-2/RELIG 241 – Women and Buddhism
Susanne Mrozik
Tuesday, Thursday  1:15-2:30 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 221A – Feminist and Queer Theory
Christian Gundermann
Wednesday  10:00-11:15 a.m.

We will read a number of key feminist texts that theorize sexual difference, and challenge the oppression of women. We will then address queer theory, an off-shoot and expansion of feminist theory, and study how it is both embedded in, and redefines, the feminist paradigms. This redefinition occurs roughly at the same time (1980s/90s) when race emerges as one of feminism's prominent blind spots. The postcolonial critique of feminism is a fourth vector we will examine, as well as anti-racist and postcolonial intersections with queerness. We will also study trans-theory and its challenge to the queer paradigm.

GNDST 226 – The Art of Fact
Martha Ackmann
Monday  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 333J-1/ANTHR 316 – Gender, Food and Agriculture
Chaia Heller
Wednesday  1:15 – 4:05 p.m.

This course explores the gendered domains of food and agriculture as they unfold within household and community economies in the global south and in G-8 countries. We will examine the place of women in systems of food production, processing, marketing, and consumption. We will address locally regulated markets, cuisines, and peasant farming systems as they interface with international neo-liberal systems of market and trade. We will also pay close attention to emergent women's agricultural cooperatives and unions as they shape new transnational coalitions that offer sustainable (and flourishing) solutions to problems associated with post-industrial agriculture.

GNDST 333K-1/RELIG 352 – Body Images & Practice/Religion
Susanne Mrozik
Wednesday  1:15-4:05 p.m.

This course examines body images and practices in diverse religious traditions around the world. Working with different methodological and theoretical perspectives, we will ask the following questions: What are bodies? How do body images perpetuate or challenge religious and social norms? What roles do bodies play in religious experience? We will generate answers to these questions by investigating a wide range of religious phenomena including healing rituals, relics, saints, fasting, asceticism, and modest dress.

GNDST 333L-1/HIST 381 – Women, Politics & Activism in the U.S.
Mary Renda
Monday  1:15-4:15 p.m.

This seminar examines the changing relationship between women and politics in the United States. We will examine the histories of Cherokee, African American, immigrant, and native-born white women's activism as we lay the groundwork for individual projects, each culminating in a substantial essay based on historical research.

GNDST 333M-1/ENGL 373/ENVST 395 – Nature and Gender
Leah Glasser
Monday  1:15-4:05 p.m.

This course will focus on portrayals of women in nineteenth through mid-twentieth century America, particularly in the context of nature and landscape. We will explore how women, often objectified in visual images of the period, appropriated established devices or developed new images and structures to represent womanhood in their own terms. Texts will include selected poetry, sketches, autobiographical essays or memoirs, short stories, novels, paintings, films, and photography.

GNDST  333N-1/HIST 301 – Women and Gender in Modern South Asia
Kativa Datla
Wednesday  1:15-4:05 p.m.

This colloquium will explore the history of South Asia as seen from women's perspectives. We will read writings by women from the ancient period to the present. We will focus on the diversity of women's experiences in a range of social, cultural, and religious contexts. Themes include sexuality, religiosity, rights to education and employment, violence against women, modernity and citizenship--in short, those issues central to women's movements in modern South Asia. In addition to the textual sources, the course will analyze Indian popular film and the representation of women in this modern visual genre.

History 309 Skinner Hall 538-2377

HIST 301 – God Save the Queen!  Female Rulership in the Middle Ages
Sean Gilsdorf
Monday, Wednesday  11:00-12:15 p.m.

This course will explore female rulership in Europe from the late Roman empire to the age of Elizabeth I. Our discussion of various texts and images (most of them primary sources in translation)will reveal the role of queens within their societies, their relationship to broader social and cultural institutions such as the Christian Church, and the ways in which queens were celebrated, criticized, and imagined by writers and artists of their time.

Certificate in Latin American, Carribean and Latino Studies

LATAM 287 – Introduction to Latino/a Studies:  Structural Inequalities
David Hernandez
Tuesday, Thursday  10:00-11:15 a.m.
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The course provides an overview of current and past social conditions of Latinas and Latinos within the U.S. We will address laws, policies and institutions that shape the complexity of Latinas'/os' social location and serve as critical sites of resistance. The course addresses legal constructions of race and citizenship, nomenclature, border politics, public health, education, and labor. We will consider the critical intersections of class, gender and sexuality as well as inequality in relation to other persons of color. Students will develop a firm sense of the importance and breadth of the Latina/o political agenda and acquire skills to think across social issues.

LATAM 387/FLMST 370 – Race and Representation in Latina/o Film
Micaela Diaz-Sanchez
Monday, Wednesday  2:40-3:55 p.m.

This seminar offers an interrogation of the ways in which Latinas and Latinos are represented in the cinema. We will explore early portrayals of Latinas and Latinos in film history and then explore contemporary cinema with a focus on race, class, gender and sexuality in these representations. Employing multiple aesthetic and disciplinary approaches we will analyze commercial films alongside independent films with particular attention to the market-driven and political mandates of these projects. We will focus on films by both Latina/o filmmakers and non-Latina/o filmmakers interrogating the multifarious points of entry of these artists.

 

Politics 118 Shattuck Hall 538-2132

POLIT 313 – The Politics of Poverty
Douglas Amy
Tuesday  1:15-4:05 p.m.
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This course is an analysis of economic inequality in America and an exploration of the power relationships, interests, and ideological conflicts surrounding this problem. Topics include the distribution of income and wealth in the United States; the relationship of poverty to race, sex, and class divisions; conservative, liberal, and radical perspectives on poverty and poverty policy.

POLIT 391 – History, Morality and Sexuality
Sarah Tanzi
Thursday  1:15-4:05 p.m.
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In the Genealogy of Morals, Nietzsche took on his famous project of re-valuing moral values such as good and evil. Foucault, crediting Nietzsche as an influence, later devised his own genealogical inquiry of sexuality. Both thinkers were concerned with the relationship of power and knowledge, and used their own distinct forms of genealogical analysis to to highlight the social contingency of these major concepts. This class will explore the relationship between these two thinkers, and their varied methods of inquiry related to history, truth, and power.

 

Psychology and Education 303 Reese Psych-Ed Building 538-2338

PSYCH 328 – Depression and Anxiety
Meryl Fingrutd
Monday  1:15-4:05 p.m.
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This seminar will take a largely clinical perspective on the mental health problems of depression and anxiety. We will examine the traditional definitions of these diagnoses from the DSM and raise questions about the nature of diagnosis and the way diagnoses change over time. We will look at how differently depression and anxiety are understood and treated given differences in gender, race, culture and age. Finally, the course will touch on past and present treatment of depression and anxiety. Theoretically we will focus on the psychoanalytic and cognitive behavioral understanding and treatment of depression and anxiety. Case studies will help us make sense of theoretical insights.

Spanish, Latina/o, Latin American Studies 105 Ciruti 538-2347

SPN 230 – Constructing (Our) America
Dorothy Mosby
Wednesday 2:40-3:55 p.m.
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Who are we? This is the question that Latin American writers, artists, philosophers and politicians have attempted to answer through fiction, nonfiction, visual arts, and film. Through representative cultural texts from figures such as D. F. Sarmiento, José Martí, Gabriela Mistral, Marta Rojas, and Hugo Chávez, we will explore discourses of identity, different sociopolitical positions, and the representation of race and gender in the construction of "latinoamericanidad."

 

Theatre Arts Alice Wittington Rooke Theater 538-2118

THEAT234/LATAM 287 – Latina Theatre and Performance
Micaela Diaz-Sanchez
Monday, Wednesday  11:15-12:30 p.m.

This course offers transnational approaches to the theory and political practice of performance in the Americas with a focus on work by Latinas in the United States and women in Latin America. We will interrogate the ways in which race, sexuality, class, gender, indigenous and diasporic identities inform the methodological and aesthetic mandates of an array of artists from across disciplines. Employing multiple modes of performance from theater, dance, performance art, ritual, visual art, and folkloric music, we will explore how these practices have functioned and continue to allow for politically subversive or resistant transformation