Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies
Spring 2013
SMITH COLLEGE


Anthropology 15 Wright Hall 585-3500

ANT 226 – Archaeology of Food
Elizabeth Klarich
Tuesday, Thursday  10:30-11:50 a.m.
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This course explores how and why humans across the globe began to domesticate plant and animal resources approximately 10,000 years ago. The first half of the course presents the types of archaeological data and analytical methods used to study the "agricultural revolution." The second half examines case studies from the major centers of domestication in order to investigate the biological, economic and social implications of these processes. Special emphasis will be placed on exploring the relationship between agriculture and sedentism, food and gender, the politics of feasting, and methods for integrating archaeological and ethnographic approaches to the study of food.

ANT 267 – Self and Society in South Asia
Pinky Hota
Tuesday, Thursday  3:00-4:30 p.m.

This course introduces students to the culture, politics and everyday life of South Asia. Topics covered will include religion, community, nation, caste, gender and development, as well as some of the key conceptual problems in the study of South Asia, such as the colonial construction of social scientific knowledge, and debates over "tradition" and "modernity." In this way, we will address both the varieties in lived experience in the subcontinent, and the key scholarly, popular and political debates that have constituted the terms through which we understand South Asian culture. Along with ethnographies, we will study and discuss novels, historical analysis, primary historical texts and popular (Bollywood) and documentary film.

Comparative Literature Pierce Hall 105 585-3302

CLT 216 – The Body in Ancient Greek Art
TBA
Tuesday, Thursday  1:00-2:20 p.m.
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This course investigates the representation of human, divine, and animal bodies in ancient Greek art. Adopting a roughly chronological, but always contextual, approach (that is, an approach that takes into account both the broader spatial and socio-cultural milieux), we will engage with ancient Greek roles and perceptions of divinities, mortals, and animals. We will also unpack attitudes and expectations concerning male and female, Greek and foreign, rich and poor, and consider ancient Greek perceptions of beauty and sexuality.

CLT 229 – The Renaissance Gender Debate
Ann Jones
Tuesday, Thursday  10:30-11:50 a.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 239/EAL 239 – Contemporary Chinese Women’s Fiction
Sabina Knight
Tuesday, Thursday  1:00-2:50 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.

East Asian Languages and Literature Wright Hall 108 585-3591

EAL 242 – Modern Japanese Literature
Kimberly Kono
Monday, Wednesday  1:10-2:30 p.m.
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A survey of Japanese literature from the late 19th century to the present. Over the last century and a half, Japan has undergone tremendous change: rapid industrialization, imperial and colonial expansion, occupation following its defeat in the Pacific War, and emergence as a global economic power. The literature of modern Japan reflects the complex aesthetic, cultural and political effects of such changes. Through our discussions of these texts, we will also address theoretical questions about such concepts as identity, gender, race, sexuality, nation, class, colonialism, modernism and translation. All readings are in English translation.

EAL 248 – The Tale of the Genji & the Pillow Book
Thomas Rohlich
Tuesday, Thursday  3:00-4:20 p.m.

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 Sh¿nagon 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. Open to all sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Readings in English translation.

English Languages and Literature 101 Wright Hall 585-3302

ENG 285 – Introduction to Contemporary Literary Theory
Andrea Stone
Tuesday, Thursday  3:00-4:20 p.m.
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What is literature? Why and how should it be studied? How does literature function in culture and society? Does the meaning of a text depend on the author's intention or on how readers read? What counts as a valid interpretation? How do changing understandings of language, the unconscious, history, class, gender, race, or sexuality change how we read? This course introduces some of the major 20th century philosophical questions that have shaped literary studies today, drawing upon a variety of disciplines, and influential movements or approaches such as the New Criticism, structuralism, poststructuralism, Marxism, psychoanalysis, postcolonialism, gender and cultural studies. Strongly recommended for students considering graduate studies.

Exercise and Sport Studies 101 Wright Hall 585-3302

ESS 250 – Nutrition and Health
Barbara Brehm-Curtis
Tuesday, Thursday  10:30-11:50 a.m.
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An introduction to the science of human nutrition. We will study digestion, absorption, and transportation of nutrients in the body, and the way nutrients are used to support growth and development and maintain health. We will also examine how personal dietary choices affect nutritive quality of the diet and health of an individual. The relationship between diet and health will be explored throughout this course. Special topics will include diet and physical fitness, weight control, vegetarianism, and women's nutrition concerns. High school chemistry recommended but not required.

ESS 200 – In Search of the American Dream
Donald Siegel, Christine Shelton
Tuesday, Thursday  10:30-11:50 a.m.
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A study of whether sport has served to promote or inhibit ethnic/minority participation in the American Dream. Biological and cultural factors will be examined to ascertain the reasons for success by some groups and failure by others as high-level participants. The lives of major American sports figures will be studied in depth to determine the costs assessed and rewards bestowed on those who battled racial, ethnic, and/or sexual oppression in the athletic arena.

ESS 550 – Women in Sport
Christine Shelton
Tuesday, Thursday  9:00-10:20 a.m.

A course documenting the role of women in sport as parallel and complementary to women's place in society. Contemporary trends will be linked to historical and sociological antecedents. Focus is on historical, contemporary, and future perspectives and issues in women's sport.

Film Studies 107 Wright Hall 585-3729

FLS 250 – Queer Cinema/Queer Media
Lokeilani Kaimana
Monday, Wednesday  1:10-2:30 p.m., Tuesday  7:00-10:00 p.m.

From the queer avant-garde of Kenneth Anger and Su Friedrich, to The Kids are Alright and Glee, the queer in film and television is often conflated with gay and lesbian representation on screen. Instead of collapsing queer cinema into a representational politics of gay and lesbian film and television, we look at theories and practices that uphold what queerness means in a contemporary framework of America neoliberalism and transnational media. Screenings include the New Queer Cinema classics Paris Is Burning, It Wasn't Love, and Poison, and work by multimedia artists including Shu Lea Cheang, Issac Julien, Carmelita Tropicana, and PJ Raval. Readings by Alexander Doty, Thomas Elsaesser, Kobena Mercer, Jasbir Puar, B. Ruby Rich, Judith Halberstam, Jose E. Munoz's, Chris Straayer and Hayden White.

FLS 351 – Film Theory
Lokeilani Kaimana
Tuesday  1:00-2:50 p.m., Thursday  7:00-10:00 p.m.
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This upper-level seminar explores central currents in film theory. Among the ideas, movements and concepts we will examine: formalist, realist, structuralist, psychoanalytic, feminist, and poststructuralist theories, and auteur, genre, queer and cultural studies approaches to questions regarding the nature, function, and possibilities of cinema. We will also consider how new media and new media theories relate to our experience in film and film theory. We will understand film theory readings through the socio-cultural context in which they were and are developed. We will also be particularly attentive to the history of film theory: how theories exist in conversation with each other, as well as how other intellectual and cultural theories influence the development, nature and mission of theories of the moving image. We will emphasize written texts (Bazin, Eisenstein, Kracauer, Vertov, Metz, Mulvey, DeLauretis, Doty, Hall, Cahiers du Cinema, the Dogme Collective, Manovich, etc.), but will also look at instantiations of film theory that are themselves acts of cinema (Man with a Movie Camera, Rock Hudson¿s Home Movies, The Meeting of Two Queens). The course is designed as an advanced introduction and assumes no prior exposure to film theory.

Film Studies 107 Wright Hall 585-3729

GOV – Urban Politics
Martha Ackelsberg
Monday, Wednesday  9:00-10:20 a.m.

The growth and development of political communities in metropolitan areas in the United States, with specific reference to the experiences of women, black and white. Focus on the social structuring of space; the ways patterns of urban development reflect prevailing societal views on relations of race, sex, and class; intergovernmental relations; and the efforts of people -- through governmental action or popular movements -- to affect the nature and structure of the communities in which they live.

History 227 Wright Hall 585-3702

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.

HST 267 – The United States Since 1877
Jennifer Guglielmo
Wednesday, Friday  2:40 – 4:00 p.m.
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Survey of the major economic, political and social changes of this period, primarily through the lens of race, class, and gender, to understand the role of ordinary people in shaping defining events, including industrial capitalism, colonialism, imperialism, mass immigration and migration, urbanization, the rise of mass culture, nationalism, war, feminism, labor radicalism, civil rights, and other liberatory movements for social justice.

Interdisciplinary Studies 207B Seelye Hall

IDP 102 – Race and Its Intersections with Class, Gender and Sexuality
Tom Riddell, Jane Stangl
Wednesday  7:30-9:00 p.m.

This course offers an interdisciplinary, critical examination of race largely in the context of the United States. Although race is no longer held by scientists to have any essential biological reality, it has obviously played a central role in the formation of legal codes (from segregation to affirmative action), definitions of citizenship, economics (from slavery to discriminatory loan arrangements), culture (dance, fashion, literature, music, sport), and identities. Where did the concept of race come from? How has it changed over time and across space? What pressures does it continue to exert on our lives? How does it intersect with gender, and sexuality, social class, religion, and abilities? By bringing together faculty from a variety of programs and disciplines, and by looking at a range of cultural texts, social studies, and historical events where racial distinctions and identities have been deployed, constructed and contested, we hope to give the students an understanding of how and why race matters.

IDP 142 – Women’s Sexuality
Emily Nagoski
Wednesday  7:00-9:00 p.m.

What does it mean for women’s sexuality to be “healthy”? Taking biological, psychological, and social views, this course offers a comprehensive overview of the nature of human female sexuality in terms of both its development across the lifespan and its evolutionary antecedents, along with awareness of the science of sexuality. The emphasis throughout the semester is on the implications of the information on women’s sexual wellbeing, on both cultural and individual levels.

IDP 208 – Women’s Medical Issues
Leslie Jaffee
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.

Jewish Studies 207B Seelye Hall 585-3390

JUD 251 – Women and Gender in Israeli Society
Michal Frankel
Tuesday, Thursday  10:30-11:50 a.m.

Explores the ways in which gender (both, masculinities and femininities, and gender ideologies) have shaped Israeli society, and how masculinity, femininity and gender relations are constantly reinterpreted and reconstructed. Like most other industrialized countries, one can identify instances of gender discrimination and complex gender relations in Israel. Yet, some of the unique features of Israel, such as the centrality of military service, the dominance of religious institutions, pro-natalism (high fertility rates), and the importance of traditional family structures find themselves in friction with the emergence of another Israeli society that sees itself as secular, post-Zionist, and globalized. The course takes a feminist and sociological approach to exploring how sensitivity to gender enhances our understanding of this complex society.

 

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

LAS 301 – Gender and Sexuality in the Modern History of Latin America
Daniel Rodriguez
Thursday  3:00-4:50 p.m.

This seminar shows how gender shaped the political and social history of 19th and 20th century Latin America. Focusing on the recent historiography on gender in Latin America, we will explore some of the themes at the center of this still-emerging body of scholarship, such as the role of honor and sexual morality in shaping post-independence Latin American societies, the efforts of states to regulate the family, and the role of gender in the organization of the modern labor force. Other topics include: changing conceptions of homosexualities in the twentieth century; gender and imperialism and anti-imperialism; and eugenics-inflected efforts to control reproduction. Throughout the semester, we will discuss the intersections of race, gender and class that are at the heart of changing understandings of sexual morality and ideals of modern family organization.

Religion Dewey Hall II 585-3662

REL 255- Islam, Women, And Culture
Leyla Keough
Tuesday, Thursday  9:00-10:20 a.m.

From media to policy discussions, we are presented with images of oppressed and victimized Muslim women segregated from public life. Yet, ethnographic accounts of the lived experiences of Islamic women complicate and confound such stereotypes. In this course, we will read ethnographies detailing Muslim women's lives in various contexts -- from Shi'a women in Lebanon to African-American Muslims in the US. We will explore how their lives are informed by Islamic texts and practices and also by politics, sectarianism, nationalism, migration, class, ethnicity and race. Topics we will cover include Islamist resurgence, religious piety/practices, Islamist feminism, and controversies over veiling.

Sociology 224 Wright Hall 585-3520

SOC 212 – Class and Society
Rick Fantasia
Tuesday, Thursday  10:30-11:50 p.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 253 – Sociology of Sexuality:  Institutions, Identities and Cultures
Nancy Whittier
Tuesday, Thursday  10:30-11:50 a.m.

This course examines sexuality from a sociological perspective, focusing on how sexuality is constructed by and structures major social institutions. We will examine the social construction of individual and collective identities, norms and behaviors, discourses, institutional regulation, and the place of sexuality in the state, education, science, and other institutions, and social movements. Consideration of gender, race, class, time, and place will be integrated throughout. Topics include the social construction of sexual desire and practice, sexuality and labor, reproduction, science, technology, sexuality and the state, sexuality education, globalization, commodification, and social movements for sexual purity, sexual freedom, and against sexual violence.

SOC 321 – Globalization and Its Alternatives
Michal Frenkel
Tuesday  1:00-2:50 p.m.
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This course will examine current debates about the nature of globalization, that is, the changing nature of the world economy and its impact on political, social, and cultural arrangements around the world, with special emphasis on the Third World and some attention to the United States. We will read on and discuss such topics as: what is new about the present world-economic system in light of the sociology of development, how are people affected by it, and what forms is resistance to these developments taking, covering social movements based on class, gender, ethnicity, and the environment.

Spanish and Portuguese Hatfield Hall 585-3450

SPAN – Muslim Women in Spain:  756 to the Present
Ibtissam Bouachrine
Tuesday, Thursday  1:00-2:50 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.  A satisfactory command of Spanish is required.

SPAN – Women, Environmental Justice and Social Action
Michelle Joffroy
Monday, Wednesday, Friday  11:00-12:10 p.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.

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. May not be repeated for credit. Offered for 2 credits, graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory only.

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 312 – Queer Resistances:  Identities, Communities, and Social Movements
Nancy Whittier
Tuesday  1:00-2:50 p.m.

How do we know what it means to identify as lesbian, gay, queer, bisexual, or transgender? Why do these terms mean different things to different people and in different contexts? How does claiming or refusing to claim a sexual identity affect community formation or social change? This seminar will explore constructions of queer collective identities, communities, and social protest. We will pay explicit attention to how queer identities, communities, and movements are racialized, shaped by class, gendered, and contextual. Drawing on historical, theoretical, narrative, and ethnographic sources, we will examine multiple sites of queer resistance including local communities, academic institutions, media, the state, social movement organizations, and the Internet. We will examine the consequences of various theories of gender, sexuality, and resistance for how we interpret the shapes that queer, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender identity, community, and social movements take.

SWG 323 – Sex, Trade, and Trafficking
Carrie Baker
Thursday  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.

SWG 360 – The Cultural Work of Memoir
Susan Van Dyne
Thursday  3:00-4:50 p.m.

This course takes the foundational premise of SWG that culture constructs subjects and asks how do queer or non-normative subjectivities come into existence? By studying a selection of literary memoirs by women and men in the last half century in the U.S., we will explore the relationships between queer subjectivities, politicized identities, communities, historical moments, and social movements. The course depends on a second more radical premise that we do not have a life until we narrate it. How does life-writing as an expressive act create livable lives? Students will produce analytical essays and a memoir portfolio. Through the process of reflecting, re-imagining, and revising, we explore multiple writing strategies to turn our lives into art. Prerequisites: SWG 150 and at least one other course in the major, with preference for courses in queer studies and literature. Permission of the instructor and writing sample required.

Theatre T204 Theatre Building 585-3229

THE 319 – Shamens, Shapeshifters, and the Magic If
Andrea Hairston
Tuesday 3:00-4:50 p.m., Wednesday  7:00-10:00 p.m.
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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, Pan's Labyrinth, Children of Men, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, X-Men, Contact, and Brother From Another Planet.