Fall 2013 Course Listings

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ANSO 231: Gender and Society

In this course we will examine gender as a social construct and a central organizing principle of our social world. We will explore major sociological theories explaining gender inequality in institutions such as the family, the workplace, and politics. We will also examine how dominant standards of masculinity and femininity shape our individual lives, life chances, and experiences with violence. Throughout the semester we will pay close attention to the ways in which social constructions of gender are raced and classed. Prerequisites: None

MWF 02:00-02:50 pm
Professor Angela Frederick

ANSO 327: Gender and Power in Latin America

This course looks at the construction of sex and gender in Latin American societies, both past and present, exploring anthropological approaches to the study of social identities, gender relations, and the complex negotiation of power that they entail. We will examine anthropological, ethnohistoric, and archaeological evidence to understand gender roles and ideologies and consider how sex and gender intersect with ethnicity and social class in a range of prehispanic, colonial, and postcolonial societies. Prerequisite: Any one of the following: Anthropology/Sociology 103, Latin American Studies 200, Gender and Sexuality Studies 200, Anthropology/Sociology 231, or permission of the instructor.

TR 11:00-12:15 pm
Professor Jeanne Lopiparo

ENGL 219: Comparative Studies in Medieval Literature - Medieval Romance

This course examines medieval vernacular romances from the 12th through the 14th century. Topics will include the development of the Arthurian tradition and the conventions of chivalry and courtly love. While traditional gender roles abound in medieval romance, these narratives also provide examples of cross-dressing woman warriors and knights who require rescue from their ladies. As we read these narratives, we will pay attention to the ways in which they establish, negotiate, and sometimes subvert concepts of masculinity and femininity. All texts will be read in modern English translation. Prerequisites: FYWS 151, F2, F4

MWF 01:00-01:50 pm
Professor Judith Haas

ENGL 225: Region, Race, Gender and Class in Southern Literature

How does one define the South? Is it a region? A culture? A historical construct? And perhaps, more to the point, who or what is a Southerner? The literature that we’ll read this semester will offer no easy answers, but it will reveal an enduring set of concerns. We’ll investigate the construction and complexities of Southern identity in the works of several Southern writers, including Chopin, Faulkner, Hurston, O’Connor, Welty, Williams, Wright and many others. Prerequisites: FYWS 151 or permission from instructor. F2, F4

Section 01 TR 11:00-12:15 pm
Section 02 TR 02:00-03:15 pm
Professor Leslie Petty

ENGL 380: Topics in Literary Study - Masculinities and Literature

A study of ideas and ideals of masculinity, maleness and manhood as represented in contemporary world literature in English and in a selection of films.The course analyses ways in which masculinities (including notions of female masculinity and male femininity) have historically been constructed, maintained and deconstructed in relationship to changing ideas and ideals of the feminine, race, class, sexuality and sexual orientation. The seminar makes use of cultural criticism, masculinity-, feminist-, gender- and queer theories to forge an understanding of challenges that face normative representations of gendered identity in contemporary literature and popular culture. Prerequisites: any 200-level English course or permission of instructor.

TR 03:30-04:45 pm
Professor Mark Behr

GSST 200: Introduction to Gender & Sexuality Studies

The course will primarily be devoted to examining key concepts in the study of gender and sexuality and to understanding the three “waves” of American feminist thought. We will proceed roughly chronologically, tracing the way gender and sexuality studies increasingly intersects with the study of race, class and nation, among other concerns. In the final days of the semester, we will shift gears, considering “Gender and Sexuality Studies” as a mode of intellectual inquiry that has transformed almost all academic disciplines. Required for the minor in GSS minor.

MWF 09:00-09:50 am
Professor Leslie Petty

GSST 460: Internship
2-4 credits

A directed internship in which students integrate their academic study of gender issues with practical experience in off-campus organizations, agencies, or businesses (10 hours per week). The student and faculty mentor devise a reading list to complement the internship and submit it, along with an internship proposal, to the chair of the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program for approval. Assignments may include short papers, a reading journal, and a presentation at the Gender Studies symposium or URCAS. Prerequisite: GSS 200 or the equivalent; G.P.A. of 2.5 or higher. F11

SPAN 350: Fiction by Spanish Women Writers

This course aims to examine issues associated with women′s literary expression through the study of works by some of the most prominent Spanish writers of the last two centuries. Questions of marginality (as related to gender, language and culture), the representation of female sexuality and creativity, and the challenge of writing under the watchful eye of state censors will be addressed. We will read several pieces of feminist literary theory from the French, Anglo-American and Spanish traditions. Discussions, written work, and readings will be in Spanish (with the exception of 2-4 classic essays in anthologies of feminist literary criticism). Prerequisite: SPAN 301 or 302, or permission from instructor.

MWF 03:00-03:50 pm
Professor Kathleen Doyle