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Spring 2017 Class Schedule - updated July 28, 2016 at 07:26 pm

Number/Section  Title
Days Time Room Instructor
WGSS 100-01  Introduction to Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
MWF 01:10 pm-02:10 pm Corie Hammers
WGSS 117-01  Women, Health, Reproduction
MWF 09:40 am-10:40 am Elizabeth Jansen
Cross-listed with BIOL 117-01; first day attendance required; ACTC student may register on December 2nd with permission of the instructor*

WGSS 240-01  Comparative Feminisms: Whiteness and Postcolonialisms
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm Sonita Sarker
WGSS 261-01  Feminist Political Theory
MWF 02:20 pm-03:20 pm Zornitsa Keremidchieva
*Cross-listed with POLI 261-01*

WGSS 294-01  Queer Futures
M 07:00 pm-10:00 pm Corie Hammers
WGSS 300-01  Advanced Feminist/Queer Theories and Methodologies
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm Sonita Sarker
*Cross-listed with INTL 300-01*

WGSS 305-01  Race, Sex and Work in the Global Economy
MWF 03:30 pm-04:30 pm Corie Hammers
*Cross-listed with AMST 305-01*

WGSS 400-01  Senior Seminar: Linking Theory and Practice
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am Sonita Sarker

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Fall 2016 Class Schedule - updated July 28, 2016 at 07:26 pm

Number/Section  Title
Days Time Room Instructor
WGSS 100-01  Introduction to Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
MWF 01:10 pm-02:10 pm MAIN 010 Benjamin Singer
WGSS 100-02  Introduction to Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
MWF 02:20 pm-03:20 pm MAIN 009 Benjamin Singer
WGSS 102-01  Gender and Sport
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am MAIN 009 Corie Hammers
WGSS 141-01  Latin America Through Women's Eyes
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am NEILL 214 Paul Dosh
*Cross-listed with LATI 141-01 and POLI 141-01*

WGSS 200-01  Feminist/Queer Theories and Methodologies
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm MAIN 010 Corie Hammers
WGSS 264-01  The Psychology of Gender
TR 08:00 am-09:30 am OLRI 301 Anjali Dutt
*Cross-listed with PSYC 264-01*

WGSS 294-02  19th C Russian Literature in Translation:Superfluous Men and Necessary Women
MWF 03:30 pm-04:30 pm NEILL 212 Anastasia Kayiatos
*Cross-listed with RUSS 251-01* Fall semester topical theme: This survey course choreographs a sustained encounter with the nineteenth-century canon by following the footsteps of the "superfluous man" and his nimble partner, the necessary woman, who dance through Romanticism and Realism; bump into other “social types"; and animate the "accursed questions" bedeviling Russian culture back then. The syllabus also brushes up against a robust body of critical literature spanning century, country, genre and authorial gender. Waltzing between immanent and intertextual analysis with a WGSS spin, the class will come to grasp the state and stakes of the Russian novel from its debut to the present day.

WGSS 294-03  The Veil in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam
M 07:00 pm-10:00 pm MAIN 111 Susanna Drake
*Cross-listed with RELI 294-03* In this course, we will examine the role of the veil in societies from the ancient Near East to the present. We will pay special attention to veiling as a cultural and religious practice that reflects ideas about piety, gender, and status. Along with learning about the history of the veil and its use in some of the major religious traditions, we will consider the function of the veil in contemporary political debates, and we will explore women's veiling, in particular, as a topic in feminist discourse.

WGSS 294-04  Narrating African American Women's 20th Century Resistance
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm MAIN 002 Crystal Moten
*Cross-listed with AMST 294-04 and HIST 294-01* Using critical biographies of both well-known and lesser known African American women, this course will examine traditions of 20th century African American women’s activism, the ways in which they have changed over time, and also the interior lives of African Amercican women. Too often, the narrative of the “strong black woman” infuses stories of African American women’s resistance, which coupled with a culture of dissemblance, makes the inner workings of their lives difficult to imagine. This course, at its heart, seeks to uncover the motivations, both personal and political, behind African American women’s activism. It also seeks to address the ways in which African American women have responded to the pressing social, economic, and political needs of their diverse communities. We will read biographies of African American women such as Ida B. Wells, Amy Jacques Garvey, Henrietta Lacks, Ella Baker, Rosa Parks, Fannie Lou Hamer, Florynce Kennedy, and Barbara Jordan, to name a few. Biographical reading will be coupled with primary sources, documentaries, and additional secondary sources to provide context.

WGSS 294-05  Muslim Women Writers
MWF 12:00 pm-01:00 pm CARN 404 Jenna Rice
*Cross-listed with ENGL 294-04 and INTL 294-02; counts for social science general distribution* Against the swirling backdrop of political discourses about women in the Islamic world, this course will engage with feminist and postcolonial debates through literary works by Muslim women writers. The course will begin with an exploration of key debates about women’s agency and freedom, the Islamic headscarf, and Qur’anic hermeneutics. With this in mind, we will turn to the fine details of literature and poetry by Muslim women. How do these authors constitute their worlds? How are gendered subjectivities constructed? And how do the gender politics of literary texts relate to the broader political and historical contexts from which they emerge? Themes will include an introduction to Muslim poetesses and Arabic poetic genres, the rise of the novel in the Arabic speaking world, and Muslim women’s literary production outside of the Middle East: from Senegal to South Asia, and beyond.

WGSS 294-06  Black Feminist Thought
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm NEILL 401 Brittany Lewis
*Cross-listed with AMST 294-03* The aim of this course is to critically examine key issues, assumptions, and debates in the history and development of Black Feminist Thought in the United States. We will immerse ourselves in the writings and activisms of Black women who invoke Black womanhood as a position from which to speak otherwise concealed truths of power. We will analyze how Black women have resisted dominant cultures tendency to silence their voices through both their written work and the politics of mobilization as a way to bring themselves back into existence, often in response to such issues as racism, classism, sexism, and homophobia among other forms of systemic oppression.

The first section of the course will introduce students to Black feminist ways of knowing paying close attention to intersectionality as a concept and tool of analysis utilizing the scholarly works of historic Black feminist studies scholars such as bell hooks and Patricia Hill Collins. Then we will focus our attention on the politics of pleasure and the art of naming oneself a “Black feminist” as contested issues within contemporary Black feminist studies scholarship through scholars such as Jennifer Nash, Evelyn Simien, and Nikol Alexander-Floyd. The second section of the course moves from debates within Black feminism to the politics of writing oneself back into existence as an act of Black feminist activism where Black women from the 19th to the 20th century are viewed as the producers of knowledge (fiction & non-fiction). The third section focuses on Black feminist politics from the 20th to the 21st Century, which aims to reiterate the importance of Black feminism as a contemporary political project not simply a theory of being in the world. This section will examine 1970s Black feminist organizing, Black women’s contemporary participation in national electoral politics, and the rise of Third Wave Black Feminism/Hip Hop Feminism through scholars such as Duchess Harris, Melissa Harris-Perry, Kimberly Springer, Brittany Lewis, and Joan Morgan.

WGSS 294-07  Girls' Manga: Gender/Sexuality in Japan through Popular Culture
MWF 09:40 am-10:40 am NEILL 110 Grace Ting
*Cross-listed with ASIA 294-02 and JAPA 294-01* This course is a brief survey of girls’ comics in Japan, also known as shōjo manga, largely produced for girls, by women. We will trace major historical trends in girls’ manga and culture, from around the 1910’s to the early 21st century. As the foundation for the class, we will read manga series to sample the wide range of style and content developed over the relatively brief history of manga, while developing a basic knowledge of major artists and the workings of the shōjo manga industry (magazines, reader-artist relationship). Along the way, we will also work on visual analysis skills and examine the relationship between style/technique, narratives, and identities. Short secondary readings will be assigned, largely specific to shōjo manga but also related to feminist theory, media studies, etc.

As a course on gender and sexuality, this course addresses the following: What is the significance of manga “for girls” in terms of content, readers, creators, etc.? How do these narratives and images take pleasure in / resist / reproduce / etc. various gender/sexual norms? Instead of judging texts as “good” or “bad,” our focus is to trace forms of desire found within shōjo manga—whether “guilty,” feminist, or more ambiguous—against the historical context of modern Japanese society. We will seek to challenge preconceptions about subjects & objects of desire and grasp forms of logic behind shocking or surprising depictions of sexualities. Please note that we will occasionally encounter graphic content involving depictions of sex and violence (e.g. sexual assault, rape), which will be discussed in class. (If you have any concerns, please speak with me ASAP, and we can consider whether the class is suitable for you or if you can complete an alternate assignment, etc.) In short, this class will push your ability to think, speak, and write (even draw) about gender and sexualities, as well as engage with popular cultural texts from a wider range of perspectives. A background in queer and feminist studies, Japan, and/or art is certainly welcome but not necessary.

WGSS 346-01  Constructions of a Female Killer
MWF 02:20 pm-03:20 pm NEILL 214 Alicia Munoz
*Cross-listed with HISP 446-01 and LATI 446-01; first day attendance required*

WGSS 354-01  Gender and Music
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am MUSIC 228 Victoria Malawey
*Cross-listed with MUSI 354-01*

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