Classes - Fall 2010
SP.401 - Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies
3-0-9, HASS-D, Category 4, CI-H
You must enter the HASS-D lottery to take this subject.
Lecture: MW 3-4:30 (5-134)
Drawing on multiple disciplines - such as literature, history, economics, psychology, philosophy, political science, anthropology, media studies and the arts - to examine cultural assumptions about sex, gender, and sexuality. Integrates analysis of current events through student presentations, aiming to increase awareness of contemporary and historical experiences of women, and of the ways sex and gender interact with race, class, nationality, and other social identities. Students are introduced to recent scholarship on gender and its implications for traditional disciplines.
SP.406 - Sexual and Gender Identities
Lecture: T EVE 7-10 (4-253)
Introduces scholarly debates about sexual identities, gender identities and expressions, and sexual orientation and its representation in various media. Topics may include lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI) identities as well as their histories in Western and non-Western cultures; queer theory and theories of identity; the origins of social movements for equality; issues of race and diversity within LGBTQI communities; questions of visibility and media representation; and the politics of sexual orientation in contemporary American institutions. Materials include secondary readings in history, philosophy and cultural theory as well as novels and plays, films and television programs, community studies, oral histories, and legal cases.
SP.414 - Gender and Media Studies
3-0-9, HASS E
Lecture: W 2-5 (4-253)
Examines representations of race, gender, and sexual identity in the media. Considers issues of authorship, spectatorship, and the ways in which various media (film, television, print journalism, advertising) enable, facilitate, and challenge these social constructions in society. Studies the impact of new media and digital media through analysis of gendered and racialized language and embodiment online in blogs and vlogs, avatars, and in the construction of cyberidentities. Provides introduction to feminist approaches to media studies by drawing from work in feminist film theory, cultural studies, gender and politics, and cyberfeminism.
SP.427 - Women in the Developing World: Globalization & South Asia (New)
3-0-9, HASS-E - Can be repeated for credit
Lecture: TR 3-5 (2-147)
Explores the social, cultural, political, and economic dimensions of globalization in South Asia. Uses feminist analysis to study processes of globalization and their impact gender relations. Pays special attention to issues such as gendered division of labor, international circuits of service workers including maid and nannies, global sex industry, micro-credits, free trade and inequality.
SP.429/21A.232J - Rethinking the Family, Sex and Gender
3-0-9, HASS E
Lecture: TR 11-12:30 (16-220)
Cross-cultural case studies introduce students to the anthropological study of the social institutions and symbolic meanings of family, gender, and sexuality. Investigates the different forms families and households take and considers their social, emotional, and economic dynamics. Analyzes how various expectations for, and experiences of, family life are rooted in or challenged by particular conceptions of gender and sexuality. Addresses questions surrounding what it means to be a "man" or a "woman," as well as a family member, in different social contexts.
SP.459J/21H.575J - Women in South Asia from 1800 to Present
Lecture: T1-3 (1-379)
This course is designed to introduce and help students understand the changes and continuities in the lives of women in South Asia from a historical perspective. Using gender as a lens of examining the past, we will examine how politics of race, class, caste and religion affected and continue to impact women in South Asian countries, primarily in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. We will reflect upon current debates within South Asian women's history in order to examine some of the issues and problems that arise in re-writing the past from a gendered perspective. The chronological focus of this course is on the condition of women in the subcontinent from the 1800s till the present day. Students are required to have some knowledge about South Asia. However it is not a necessary pre-requisite and I will suggest some basic texts to provide those with no previous courses on South Asia. To help us evaluate the different historical and temporal experiences of South Asian women, this course will extensively use primary documents, secondary readings, films, and contemporary newspaper and Internet articles. Students will be required to actively engage and participate in class discussions and group debates, which will form a substantial part of individual evaluations.
SP.466/ 21F.346 - Topics in Modern French Literature: Current Debates on Love, Sex, and National Identity in France
3-0-9, HASS E, Prereq: One intermediate subject in French
Lecture: TR 11-12:30 (1-379)
The course addresses the question of romance and asks to what extent contemporary French identities are based on stereotypes about love and sex. The class will introduce students to the main changes in the family as well as feminist and queer subcultures. We will explore various songs, movies, and novels (i.e. Catherine Breillat, Christophe Honoré, Annie Ernaux, Marie Desplechin, Anne Garreta, Nina Bouraoui, Pierre Guyotat, etc.) and examine how they interact with social movements (such as La Barbe, Les panthères roses, Ni putes, ni soumises, etc.) Course taught in French.
SP.513J/21L.473J - Jane Austen
3-0-9 HASS-E, Prereq: One subject in Literature
Lecture: TR1-2:30 (14N-112)
We will study the full range of Jane Austen's work, reading not just her novels, but her earlier juvenilia, several unfinished fragments, and her wonderful letters to her sister Cassandra. This great writer's work will be examined in relation to both biography and history. We will learn to analyze Austen's characteristic style and techniques, thereby gaining an enhanced appreciation of her writing-its intelligence, its wit, its themes-and of the times that produced it. Enrollment limited.
SP.514/21L.460 - Medieval Literature
3-0-9, HASS E
Lecture: MW 11-12:30 (56-167)
As a quasi-historical, quasi-legendary figure of consistently great popularity, King Arthur has been subject to an extraordinary amount of reinvention and rewriting: as a Christian hero and war-leader; as an ineffective king and pathetic cuckold; and as a tragic figure of noble but doomed intentions. As we trace Arthur's evolution and that of principal knights, we will ask what underlies the appeal of this figure whose consistent reappearance in western culture has performed the medieval prophecy that he would be rex quondam et futurus: the once and future king. Particular attention will be paid to how women have participated in this literary tradition, as both authors (the Lais of Marie de France) and characters (Guenevere, Morgan le Fay, and the host of often unnamed ladies who variously guide, deceive, enchant, seduce, rescue and otherwise make themselves integral to the stories of the knights they meet).
SP.575J/21W.742J - Writing About Race
3-0-9, HASS-D, Category 2, CI-H
You must enter the HASS-D lottery to take this subject.
Lecture: MW 1-2:30 (5-134)
In this course, we will read different forms of nonfiction writing to investigate the concept of race, both as a lived experience and as a socially constructed form of identity. Over the course of the semester, we will read and discuss journalistic writing/reportage, science writing, personal essays, memoirs, blogs, documentary media, graphic texts, and forms of writing that blur the distinctions between nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. We will explore the ways in which nonfiction writers approach issues of history, memory, community, language, biology and technology, paying close attention to the complex interconnections between race, gender, class, sexuality, and citizenship. What are the possibilities and limitations of nonfiction as a genre? How do we think about issues such as truth, authenticity, fact, evidence, imagination, and invention when reading and writing nonfiction? Students will have the opportunity to explore various kinds of nonfiction writing through essay assignments and brief, informal in-class writing exercises.
SP.650J/9.75J - The Psychology of Gender and Race (International focus)3-0-9, HASS-E
Lecture: R EVE 7-10PM (14E-310) + final
Examines evidence (and lack thereof) regarding when and how an individual's thoughts, feelings, and actions are affected by gender and race. Topics include gender and racial factors in: identity development; cognition and emotion; achievement; stereotypes; physical and mental health, sexuality, close relationships, work and violence. Enrollment limited.