Fall 2010 Courses

017. Sex and the Church
Elizabeth Pritchard T  11:30 - 12:55
TH 11:30 - 12:55
An examination of the themes, varieties, and conflicts of Christian teachings and practices regarding sex and sexuality. Source materials include the Bible, historical analyses, Church dogmatics, and contemporary legal cases. Although the focus of the course is on Catholic traditions, the course will include comparative analyses of the sexual ethics of other Christian denominations.
020. In Sickness and in Health: Public Health in Europe and the United States
Susan Tananbaum M  2:30 - 3:55
W  2:30 - 3:55
Introduces a variety of historical perspectives on illness and health. Considers the development of scientific knowledge, and the social, political, and economic forces that have influenced public health policy. Topics include epidemics, maternal and child welfare, AIDS, and national healthcare.
029. Historians, Comediennes, Storytellers: Women Filmmakers in the German-Speaking Countries
Birgit Tautz T  1:00 - 2:25
TH 1:00 - 2:25
Examines the work of women filmmakers in the German-speaking countries since the 1960s. Explores key interests of these directors: the telling of stories and (German, European, global) histories, the exploration of gender identity, sexuality, and various waves of feminism, the portrayal of women, the participation in the cinematic conventions of Hollywood as well as independent and avant-garde film, spectatorship. Analyzes a range of films and cinematic genres—to include narrative cinema, biography, documentary, and comedy.Also introduces students to film criticism; includes weekly film screenings. No knowledge of German is required.
101. Introduction to Gender and Women's Studies
Samaa Abdurraqib M  1:00 - 2:25
W  1:00 - 2:25
An interdisciplinary introduction to the issues, perspectives, and findings of the new scholarship that examines the role of gender in the construction of knowledge. Explores what happens when women become the subjects of study; what is learned about women; what is learned about gender; and how disciplinary knowledge itself is changed.
201. Feminist Theory
Jennifer Scanlon T  8:30 - 9:55
TH 8:30 - 9:55
The history of women’s studies and its transformation into gender studies and feminist theory has always included a tension between creating “woman,” and political and theoretical challenges to that unity. Examines that tension in two dimensions: the development of critical perspectives on gender and power relations both within existing fields of knowledge, and within the continuous evolution of feminist discourse itself.
207. Black Women, Politics, Music, and the Divine
Judith Casselberry M  11:30 - 12:55
W  11:30 - 12:55
Examines the convergence of politics and spirituality in the musical work of contemporary Black women singer-songwriters in the United States. Analyzes material that interrogates and articulates the intersections of gender, race, class, and sexuality, generated across a range of religious and spiritual terrains with African diasporic/Black Atlantic spiritual moorings, including Christianity, Islam, and Yoruba. Focuses on material that reveals a womanist (Black feminist) perspective by considering the ways resistant identities shape and are shaped by artistic production. Employs an interdisciplinary approach by incorporating ethnomusicology, anthropology, literature, history, and performance and social theory. Explores the work of Shirley Caesar, The Clark Sisters, Me’shell Ndegeocello, Abby Lincoln, Sweet Honey in the Rock, and Dianne Reeves, among others.
214. Psychology of Women
Desdamona Rios T  10:00 - 11:25
TH 10:00 - 11:25
A survey of feminist theories and empirical findings on the psychology of women, as well as controversy related to and current approaches for studying women. This course will consider how the social construction of gender, the gendered nature of social institutions, and the way that gender intersects with race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, social class, and other social categories contribute to the psychology of women.
215. Black Women in Atlantic New Orleans
Jessica Johnson T  1:00 - 2:25
TH 1:00 - 2:25
Seminar. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina turned a national spotlight on the politics of race, sex, property and power in the city of New Orleans, Louisiana. But for centuries, New Orleans has made and remade itself at the intersection of history and memory, slavery and freedom. Women of African descent have been central to this process. This course explores the multi-layered and multi-valent history and culture of New Orleans as a site for Afro-Atlantic women's religious and political culture, resistance, and transnational interaction. The course will consider New Orleans historic connections to Senegal, France, Haiti, and Cuba and the way slavery, the slave trade and resistance to both created complicated global connections even within the city. The course will also explore the city's Afro-creole expressive and material culture, and how it emerged, and the ways it complicated and confounded neat racial and gender categories of the Atlantic world. Course material includes primary sources from the archives of the city, multimedia material, books and articles.
216. Sociology of Gender
Wendy Christensen M  11:30 - 12:55
W  11:30 - 12:55
Our ideas about gender – about women, men, masculinity, femininity –organize our social life in important ways that we often do not even notice. Critically examines the ways gender informs the social world in which we live and how beliefs about gender create and enforce a system of gender difference and inequality. Examines how gender is involved in and related to differences and inequalities in social roles, gender identity, sexual orientation, and social constructions of knowledge. Particular attention paid to exposing the gendered workings of institutions such as the family and the workplace, the link between gender and sexuality, and how race and class inform our ideas about gender.
219. Anthropology of Science, Sex, and Reproduction
Jan Brunson T  2:30 - 3:55
TH 2:30 - 3:55
Explores anthropological approaches to reproductive health and procreation in developed and developing countries. Locates science as one epistemology among many and explores the hegemonic aspects of science in relation to sex and reproduction. Examines sex and reproduction as sites of intervention for public health, development, and biomedical specialists, while also considering local constructions and strategies. Topics include cervical cancer, family planning, and new reproductive technologies. Draws primarily from ethnographies.
220. Soviet Worker Bees, Revolution, and Red Love in Russian Film
Jane Knox-Voina T  10:00 - 11:25
TH 10:00 - 11:25
Explores twentieth-century Russian society through critical analysis of film, art, architecture, music, and literature. Topics include scientific utopias, eternal revolution, individual freedom versus collectivism, conflict between the intelligentsia and the common man, the “new Soviet woman,” nationalism, the thaw and double think, stagnation of the 1970s, post-glasnost sexual liberation, and black hole post-soviet film. Works of Eisenstein, Vertoy, Pudovkin,Tarkovsky, Kandinsky, Chagall, Mayakovsky, Bulgakov, Pasternak, Brodsky, Akhmatova, Solzhenitsyn, Petrushevskaya, and Tolstaya. Weekly film viewings. Russian majors are required to do some reading in Russian.
223. Cultural Interpretations of Medicine
Susan Bell T  2:30 - 3:55
TH 2:30 - 3:55
Explores a series of topics in health studies from the perspectives of the humanities and social sciences: medical ethics, the development and use of reproductive technologies, relationships between doctors and patients, disability, public health, and the experience of illness. Encourages reflection about these topics through ethnographies, monographs, novels, plays, poetry, and visual arts, such as Barker’s Regeneration, Squiers’ The Body at Risk: Photography of Disorder, Illness, and Healing, Kafka’s Metamorphosis, Bosk’s Forgive and Remember, and Alvord’s The Scalpel and the Silver Bear.
235. Lawn Boy Meets Valley Girl: Gender and the Suburbs
Jennifer Scanlon T  2:30 - 3:55
TH 2:30 - 3:55
The suburbs, where the majority of the nation’s residents live, have been alternately praised as the most visible sign of the American dream and vilified as the vapid core of homogeneous Middle America. How did the “burbs” come about, and what is their significance in American life? Begins with the history of the suburbs from the mid-nineteenth century to the post-World War II period, exploring the suburb as part of the process of national urbanization. Then explores more contemporary cultural representations of the suburbs in popular television, film, and fiction. Particular attention paid to gender, race, and consumer culture as influences in the development of suburban life.
237. Family, Gender, and Sexuality in Latin America
Krista Van Vleet T  1:00 - 2:25
TH 1:00 - 2:25
Focuses on family, gender, and sexuality as windows onto political, economic, social, and cultural issues in Latin America. Topics include indigenous and natural gender ideologies, marriage, race, and class; machismo and masculinity; state and domestic violence; religion and reproductive control; compulsory heterosexuality; AIDS; and cross-cultural conceptions of homosexuality. Takes a comparative perspective and draws on a wide array of sources including ethnography, film, fiction, and historical narrative.
247. Modernism/Modernity
Marilyn Reizbaum M  1:00 - 2:25
W  1:00 - 2:25
Examines the cruxes of the “modern,” and the term’s shift into a conceptual category rather than a temporal designation. Although not confined to a particular national or generic rubric, takes British works as a focus. Organized by movements or critical formations of the modern, i.e., modernisms, psychoanalysis, postmodernism, cultural critique. Readings of critical literature in conjunction with primary texts. Authors/directors/works may include T. S. Eliot, Joyce’s Dubliners, Lawrence’s Sons and Lovers, Sontag’s On Photography, W. G. Sebald’s The Natural History of Destruction, Ian McEwen’s Enduring Love, Stevie Smith, Kureishi’s My Son the Fanatic, and Coetzee’s Disgrace.
260. African American Fiction: (Re) Writing Black Masculinities
Guy Foster T  11:30 - 12:55
TH 11:30 - 12:55
In 1845, Frederick Douglass told his white readers: “You have seen how a man was made a slave; you shall see how a slave was made a man.” This simple statement effectively describes the enduring paradox of African American male identity: although black and white males share a genital sameness, until the nation elected its first African American president the former has inhabited a culturally subjugated gender identity in a society premised on both white supremacy and patriarchy. But Douglass’s statement also suggests that black maleness is a discursive construction, i.e. that it changes over time. If this is so, how does it change? What are the modes of its production and how have black men over time operated as agents in reshaping their own masculinities? Reading a range of literary and cultural texts, both past and present, students examine the myriad ramifications of, and creative responses to, this ongoing challenge. Note: This course fulfills the literature of the Americas requirement for English majors.
302. The Economics of the Family
Rachel Connelly M  1:00 - 2:25
W  1:00 - 2:25
Seminar. Microeconomic analysis of the family—gender roles and related institutions. Topics include marriage, fertility, married women’s labor supply, divorce, and the family as an economic organization.