Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies
Spring 2014 Mount Holyoke College WGSS Courses

AFCNA/REL 242 - Islam in America
Tuesday, Thursday 10:00 – 11:15 a.m.
V. Gardner
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This course examines the lived experiences of Muslims brought to North America against their will, modern African-American uses and adaptations of Islam, including the Nation of Islam, as well as the ideas of Muslims who have voluntarily immigrated or converted here in the US. The course examines issues of race, gender and the status of women, and includes discussions of American Muslim youth cultures, including music, film and novels. Students acquire a familiarity with the history of Islam in the US as well as the diversity of the many American Muslim cultures.

Asian Studies                                           Ciruti 112                                                             538-2885

ASIAN 262/REL 261F - Hinduism
Tuesday, Thursday 1:15 – 2:30 p.m.
E. Gough
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In this thematic and historical introduction to the major religious tradition of India, Hinduism is explored in its various expressions, including texts (Ramayana, Bhagavad Gita), myths and gods (Krishna, the Great Goddess), philosophy, rites, art, worship, and popular practice. The roles of key religious figures (Shankara, Mirabai), movements (Bhakti), techniques (yoga), institutions (guru, caste, women's rites), and concepts (karma, dharma) are studied in their cultural contexts, and with reference to issues of gender, class, and agency. Extensive use of audiovisual material.

 

Economics                                                  115 Skinner                                                         538-2432

ECON 205 - Women in Business
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:00 – 10:50 a.m.
M. Robinson

This course explores a number of economic issues relevant to women in the economy and an introduction to the economic concepts and analytical tools necessary to understand those issues. We will pay particular attention to the issues faced by professional women and women in business. We will examine issues of gender equality and discrimination, the interaction between family roles and work, and the challenges faced by women in running large organizations.

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

EDUC 220 - Multicultural Education
Monday 1:15 – 4:05 p.m.
C. Banks
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This course offers a study of the historical, theoretical, and philosophical perspectives that are the underpinnings of multiculturalism in education. Through selected readings, class discussion, and oral presentations, the course will examine the epistemological elements of race, class, culture, and gender in the classroom.

English Department                             111 Shattuck Hall                                             538-2146

ENGL 220 - Victorian Period
Tuesday, Thursday 10 – 11:15 a.m.
J. Pyke
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This course offers a broad study of selected figures in modern literary and intellectual history and helps prepare students for more advanced classes in British and/or postcolonial studies. We will use these figures to probe the dynamic relationship between imaginative practice and social change, which may involve global as well as national contexts. This course will introduce students to writing sustained pieces of critical analysis, challenging them to explore the theoretical relationship between literary form and historical transformation in the modern period. This section examines the major ideas, shifts, expansions, and disruptions of the Victorian period. We will discuss prose, poetry, fiction, and art to understand how these forms engage with movements in voting rights, industry, living conditions, money, gender, definitions of class, and imperialist expansion. Writers may include Arnold, Carlyle, Martineau, Mill, Eliot, Dickens, Bronte, W. Collins, Browning, Rossetti, Hopkins, and many others, as well as painters and current readings in criticism and theory.

ENGL 283 - Graphic Narrative
Tuesday, Thursday 11:30 – 12:45 p.m.
E. Young                                       
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This course will examine form and theme in the graphic narrative. Focusing on a small group of contemporary memoirs and novels, we will also analyze some antecedents, such as the early twentieth-century "wordless novel"; relevant works in other media, such as documentary film; and selected secondary criticism. Topics will include: relations between word and image; constructions of time, space, and sequence; representations of gender and sexuality; depictions of memory, archive, and history. Authors, filmmakers, and critics may include Barry, Bechdel, Chute, Eisner, McCloud, McElwee, Pekar, Satrapi, Spiegelman, Ward, and Ware.

Film Studies                                             201 Art Building                                                538-2200

FLMST 370/LATINAM 387S-02 - Visualizing Immigrant Narratives: Migration in Film    
Thursday 1:15 – 4:05 p.m.
D. Hernandez
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This course offers an interrogation of overt and embedded narratives of migrants and the migration process in popular and documentary film, paying specific attention to cinematic representations of non-citizen bodies confronting migration, deportation, labor, acculturation, and anti-immigrant hysteria. Film screenings and class discussions comprise the interpretative lens through which students will examine the aesthetic, cultural, economic, gendered, historical, political, racial, and sexual dimensions of cultural texts. The course is supplemented with readings about immigration policies and histories.

Gender Studies                                       109 Shattuck Hall                                             538-2257

GNDST 204-1/SPAN 230 - Assault, Rape and Murder: Gendered Violence from Medieval to Contemporary Spain
Monday, Wednesday 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
M. Romero-Diaz

This survey course will review the complex interaction of gender and violence as a personal and institutional issue in Spain from Medieval times to the present. What are the ideological and sociocultural constructs that sustain and perpetuate violence against women? What are the forms of resistance women have put into play? Among the texts, we will study short stories by Lucanor (thirteenth century) and María de Zayas (seventeenth century), song by Bebé and movie by Boyaín (twentieth century), contemporary news (twenty-first century), and laws (from the thirteenth century to the present).

GNDST 204-2/ENGL 271 20th Century American Women Writers
Tuesday, Thursday 2:40 – 3:55 p.m.
E. Young

This course examines the work of a variety of twentieth-century women writers located in the United States, focusing on the genre of prose fiction and the themes of gender, race, and sexuality. Particular attention will be paid to developments in African American women's writing, to Southern writers, and lesbian literary representation. Writers may include Gwendolyn Brooks, Willa Cather, Kate Chopin, Zora Neale Hurston, Nella Larsen, Carson McCullers, Flannery O'Connor, Gertrude Stein, Alice Walker, Edith Wharton, and Hisaye Yamamoto.

GNDST 204-3/ASIAN 215/THEATR 234 Androgyny/Gender in Chinese Theatre
Seminar Wednesday 1:15 – 4:05 p.m.
Y. Wang

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 204-4/SPAN 240 - Women and Gender in the Study of Culture
Rebels and Radicals: Feminist Art & Literature in Latin America
Monday, Wednesday 1:15 – 2:30 p.m.
T. Daly

In this course we will explore the links between gender and modern Latin American culture, through a study of nineteenth through twenty-first century feminist critical theories and self-representations. We will look at the construction of the female subject and her double, or "other," through travel writing, political writing, revolutionary testimonies, plays, and letters alongside the plastic arts. In addition to primary texts and media, we will read gender and queer theory to disentangle the complexity of women's representations as they intersect with race, class, ethnicity, and sexuality. Students will produce creative projects as well as essays.

GNDST 204-5 - Gender and Species
Seminar Wednesday 1:15 – 4:05 p.m.
Christian Gundermann

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 204-06/FLMST 270s/GERMST 231 - Trans*gender and Queer German Cinema: From Third Sex (1919) to Trans-Papa (2012)              
Tuesday, Thursday 11:30 a.m. -12:45 p.m.
G. Davis

Classic German cinema, 1919-1933, anticipated many present-day gender debates. In educational films, tragedies, travesties, and comedies, many of which were re-made later (Girls in Uniform; Victor Victoria), Weimar Cinema questioned binary definitions of gender, and represented gay and lesbian sexual orientations as standard forms of human sexuality. We will study the link from Weimar to the present through films like Rosa von Praunheim's It Is Not the Homosexual Who Is Perverse, But the Society in Which He Lives and The Einstein of Sex, his biography of Magnus Hirschfeld, gay scientist and founder of the Institute of Sexual Science; and 2011-12 films by young women directors, Bernardi's Romeos, Mettke's Transpapa.

GNDST 204-7/ AFCNA 204 – Sexuality and Hip-Hop
Seminar Monday 7:00 p.m. – 9:50 p.m.
Betina Judd

Hip Hop music has often been the subject of controversy when it comes to sexuality. Whether it be for misogynist lyrics, homophobic icons or sexually explicit video models, conversations about sexuality and Hip Hop are largely portrayed as having two sides: those who embrace Hip Hop and the "sexuality police." In this class we will explore how conversations about sexuality happen within the communities who are invested in the culture. We will examine how different facets of the culture -- fashion, dance, music, film as well as rap music -- display and talk about sexuality and sexual identity and how these representations impact U.S. popular culture.

GNDST 210-01/FLMST 270/REL 239 - Love and Family in
Contemporary Iranian Cinema
Tuesday, Thursday 1:15 -2:30 p.m.
V. Gardner

This course focuses on cinema from Iran after the revolution in 1979 which brought the current Islamic Republic into being. We look at how this cinema, especially from the last twenty years, approaches and questions family relationships and the love upon which they are generally understood to be based, drawing upon Shi'i and broader Islamic conceptions of appropriate social and gender roles. Students acquire familiarity with ideas of family in contemporary Iran as well as the major directors and actors in contemporary Iranian film.

 

GNDST 210-01/REL 241 – Women and Buddhism
Wednesday 2:40-3:55 p.m.
S. Mrozik

This course examines the contested roles and representations of Buddhist women in different historical and cultural contexts. Using a variety of ethnographic, historical, and textual sources, the course investigates both the challenges and opportunities Buddhist women have found in their religious texts, institutions, and communities.

GNDST 221B – Feminist and Queer Theory Through Film
Tuesday, Thursday  2:40-3:55 p.m.
Chrisitian Gundermann

We will be reading a number of key feminist texts that theorize the construction of sexual difference, and challenge the oppression of women. We will then address queer theory, an offshoot 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. We will study these shifts through the analysis of a few moving pictures, or, to put it differently: all you always wanted to know about feminism, but didn't think to ask filmmakers such as Almodóvar, Hitchcock, Jarman, Pasolini, Varda, and others.

GNDST 250/POLIT 255 - Sexual & Reproductive Rights/Latin America
Tuesday, Thursday 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
C. Anderson

Since the 1990s Latin America has witnessed increasing societal and political debates over sexual and reproductive rights. Issues such as abortion, gay marriage, transgender rights, sexual education, and assisted reproductive technology have risen to the top of political agendas after decades of silence, taboos, and restrictive or nonexistent legislation. The course provides a survey of sexual and reproductive rights in Latin America highlighting the disparities within the region and analyzing the multiple factors behind current policies.

GNDST 333E/LATAM 387 - Latina Feminisms
Monday, Wednesday 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
M. Diaz-Sanchez

This course offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of feminist ideologies among Latinas throughout the United States. Employing a range of sources from archival texts to artistic images and ethnographies, we will study the histories and representations of Latina feminist theories across academic and aesthetic approaches. Focusing on the multiplicity of lived experiences among Puertorriquenas, Chicanas, Mexicanas, Centroamericanas, Dominicanas, Suramericanas, and many other communities in the United States, we will interrogate how gender and sexuality have informed the development of Latina feminist movements and political histories.

GNDST 333J/ANTHR 316 - Gender, Food, Agriculture in a Global Context
Seminar Friday 1:15 – 4:05 p.m.
Chia Heller

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 333M/ENGL 373/ENVST 373 Nature and Gender
Seminar Thursday 1:15 – 4:05 p.m.
L. Glasser

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 333R/FREN 321/ITAL 361 - Mothers & Daughters
Wednesday 1:15 – 4:05 p.m.
E. Gelfand

Study of this crucial and problematic relationship in modern novels and films from Romance cultures. Exploration of the mother-daughter bond as literary theme, social institution, psychological dynamic, and metaphor for female creativity. Readings include Western myths and diverse theories of family arrangements (Rousseau, Freud, Chodorow, Rich, Irigaray, Giorgio, Mernissi, Nnaemeka). Authors and films will be grouped cross-culturally by theme and chosen from among: Colette, Vivanti, Morante, Ernaux, Tusquets, Roy, Roig, Rodoreda, Martin Gaite, Ramondino, Pineau, Beyala, Bouraoui; films: Children of Montmartre (La maternelle); Indochine; The Silences of the Palace; My Mother Likes Women.

GNDST 333T/REL 306 - Sex and the Early Church
Monday, Wednesday 1:15 – 2:30 p.m.
M. Penn

This course examines the various ways first- through fifth-century Christians addressed questions regarding human sexuality. We will concentrate on the rise of sexual asceticism and pay particular attention to the relationship between sexuality and issues of gender, culture, power, and resistance. Primary readings will include letters, narrative accounts of female and male ascetics, monastic rules, and "heretical" scriptures. These will be supplemented by modern scholarship in early Christian studies and the history of sexuality.

German                                                       103 Ciruti                                                             538-2294

GRMST 221 - Diversity of German Culture:
Close-Ups and Long-Shots 1800 to the Present
Monday, Wednesday 8:35 – 9:50 a.m.
A. Holden
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This course highlights diversity as characteristic of German culture and society in the present and the past, contrary to the popular image of German cultural homogeneity. Hitler's nationalistic völkisch myth propagated this historical fiction that had already begun with the 1871 political "unification from above." We investigate the many forms of diversity in the German-speaking area: political, social, economic, ethnic, gender identifications, sexual orientations, abilities. Close readings of films, printed texts, and a variety of other media help us discover the changing forms of Vielfalt. Introduction to transcultural writing and speaking, also in preparation for abroad experiences.

GRMST 323 - Tickling Germany's Funny Bone: Laughter in German Film and Television
Monday, Wednesday 1:15 – 2:30 p.m.
G. Davis
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An article in the August 2012 LE MONDE indicates that Germans are indeed equipped with a Funny Bone. We will investigate that Bone to learn if everyone is truly both comic target and stand-up Comedian: Ossi, Wessi, East Fresian native and Turkish immigrant. Le Monde notes the German passion for political cabaret, "No other dictatorship in the world has ever paid actors to mock the regime." Both Film and TV support strong comedy traditions, from slapstick and parodies of Westerns to romantic relationships. Jewish German comedy has created its own film genre, within a trans/national cinema culture. Recent films poke fun at male/female gender roles and smile at (three legal) gender identities.

History Department                             309 Skinner Hall                                               538-2377

HST 332 - Sex Love and Marriage in Medieval and Early Modern Europe    
Monday, Wednesday 1:15 – 2:30 p.m.
S. Gilsdorf

This course explores the relationships of passion, obligation, and love that bound men and women over the course of nearly two millennia, from Rome in the first century B.C.E. to sixteenth-century France. In particular, we focus on the formal ways in which those relationships were organized under the rubric of "marriage", on the social roles created by that institution, on the relationship (or lack thereof) between marriage, love, and sexual passion, and the role of homosocial and homosexual desire within that history.

Certificate in Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies

LATAM 287 - Introduction to Latina/o Studies: Structural Inequalities
Tuesday, Thursday 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
D. Hernandez

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 387-03/FLMST 370 - Race/Representation in Latina/o Film
Monday, Wednesday 2:40 – 3:55 p.m.
M. Diaz-Sanchez

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.

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

PSYCH 213 - Psychology of Racism: How Race Shapes Child Development
Tuesday, Thursday 11:30 a.m.– 12:45 p.m.
E. Blackburn
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In this course, students will examine issues related to racial identity, stereotypes, prejudice, white privilege, racism and discrimination, from the perspectives of social and developmental psychology. Students will learn about the social and historical context of race and racism, the impact of race and racial disparities on the social, emotional and cognitive development of children and adolescents, and the role that psychological science can play in influencing policies and practices that impact children. The intersections of race with other inequalities such as poverty, gender, and ethnicity, will also be examined.

PSYCH 329 - Personality and Abnormal Psychology Body Image and Identity
Monday 1:15 – 4:05 p.m.
R. Goren-Watts

How does the body "shape" who we are and does our identity shape our body? This course will explore the interacting relationship between the image of the body and body image with identity and sense of self. Drawing on personality theories, social constructivist thought, and feminist principles, this course will examine the intersections of self-image with a focus on gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, social class, size, age, and physical ability.

Religion                                                      205 Skinner Hall                                               538-2233

REL 329 - Buddhism in North America
Tuesday 1:15 – 4:05 p.m.
S. Mrozik
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In this course we will explore the diverse nature of Buddhist identity and practice in contemporary North America. After an overview of the major Buddhist traditions in North America, we will explore key factors in the shaping of North American Buddhist identities and practices, such as race, ethnicity and gender; immigration and conversion; meditation movements (including in prisons); social activism; North American forms of monasticism; and Buddhism in the popular media.

Russian and Eurasian Studies          103 Ciruti                                                             538-2648

RES 231 - Tolstoy on Love Death & Family
Monday, Wednesday 11:00 a.m.– 12:15 p.m.
P. Scotto

Anna Karenina (1873) is one of a series of important works Tolstoy wrote pondering love, death, the nature of happiness, and the foundations of family life. Our reading of Anna Karenina will be the centerpiece of this course which will also include works ranging from Childhood (1852) to The Kreutzer Sonata (1889), which shocked and repelled readers with its unsparing depictions of human sexuality and murderous jealousy. Film versions of works will be screened.

Sociology                                                    102 Porter House                                              538-2283

SOC 316 - Race, Class & Gender
Seminar Friday, 1:15 – 4:05 p.m.
N. Milman

In this class we will investigate questions of power and inequality as they relate to class, race, gender and their various intersections. We will learn some of the foundational theories in the fields of inequality, intersectionality, gender, and race studies. In addition, we will read empirical work from various methodological perspectives, which highlight the theoretical approaches we will explore.

Theatre Arts                                             Alice Whithington Rooke Theater            538-2118

THEAT 334 - Early Modern Drama
Seminar Tuesday 1:15 – 4:05 p.m.
S. Roychoudhury
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This course surveys the era of literary history that invented this powerful idea. The drama of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries is a drama obsessively self-conscious, bursting with disguises, confidence tricks, cross-dressers, rituals, masques, and plays-within-plays. Reading Shakespeare as well as his rivals and peers (Marlowe, Jonson, Webster, and others), we will consider how theater, and the idea of theater, illuminates such concepts as desire, evil, gender, and ideology. Plays will likely include Titus Andronicus, Doctor Faustus, The Alchemist, and The Duchess of Malfi.