Schedule for WGST 550/ LITR 592 (Spring 2009)

Week 1:

Tuesday, May 5

Introduction of Students, Course, & Topic; Conjectural Response; In-Class Case Study: America Awakens (1580), Pablo Picasso, Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (1906), Cindy Sherman photos (1978), and The Magdalene Sisters (2002)

** Note: The homework for each class period is described below, adjacent to the day due. **

Week 2:

Thursday, May 7

Sexual Division of Labor

Background: Walker, Lorde, & Delmar, Feminist Theory, pg. 11, 15-16, 27-34 (FT)

Theorist: Carole Pateman, “Wives, Slaves, and Wage Slaves,” The Sexual Contract, pg. 117-53 (ER)

Optional: Hakim, “Diversity and Choice” (ER); Pateman, “Beyond the Sexual Contract?” (ER); Sexual Contract, Ch. 1-3, 6-8 (LIBR)

* Homework: Group 1 (RS); Group 2 (QT); Group 3 (DQ); Group 4 (RT); Group 5 (ST)

Week 3:

Tuesday, May 12

First-Wave Feminism

Background: Anthony, Stanton, & Wells-Barnett, Feminist Theory, pg. 71-73, 91-95, 117-19 (FT)

Theorist: Mary Wollstonecraft, Abridged Vindication of the Rights of Woman (ER)

Optional: Weber, “Second Soul-less Sex?” (ER); Wollstonecraft, Vindication of the Rights of Woman, Ch. 1, 5-6, 10-13 (ER)

* Homework: Group 1 (ST); Group 2 (RS); Group 3 (QT); Group 4 (DQ); Group 5 (RT)

Week 4:

Thursday, May 14

Consumerism & Commodification

Background: “Lexicon of the Debates,” Feminist Theory, pg. 42-53 (FT)

Theorist: Ruth Perry, Abridged “Colonizing the Breast” (ER) & Nancy Armstrong, Short “Occidental Alice” (ER)

Optional: Bermingham, “Ready-to-Wear Femininity” (ER); Nicholson, “Feminism and Marx” (ER)

* Homework: Group 1 (RT); Group 2 (ST); Group 3 (RS); Group 4 (QT); Group 5 (DQ)

Week 5:

Tuesday, May 19

Body as Social Text

Background: “Lexicon of the Debates,” Feminist Theory, pg. 53-60 (FT)

Theorist: Anne Fausto-Sterling, Sexing the Body: Gender Politics and the Construction of Sexuality, Ch. 1-3, 6, 8

Optional: Fausto-Sterling, Sexing the Body, Ch. 4-5, 7, 9; Zita, “Male Lesbians” (ER); Irigaray, This Sex Which Is Not One (FT)

* Homework: Group 1 (DQ); Group 2 (RT); Group 3 (ST); Group 4 (RS); Group 5 (QT)

Week 6:

Thursday, May 21

Objectification & the “Male” Gaze

In-Class Film: Pedro Almodóvar, All about My Mother

Background: Sanger, Horney, & de Beauvoir, Feminist Theory, pg. 138-39, 154-57, 175-86 (FT)

Theorist: Laura Mulvey, “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema,” Parts 1 & 2 (ER)

Optional: hooks, “Oppositional Gaze” (ER); Doane, “Economy of Desire” (ER)

* Homework: Group 1 (QT); Group 2 (DQ); Group 3 (RT); Group 4 (ST); Group 5 (RS)

 

Week 7:

Tuesday, May 26

Gender Performance & Queer Theory

Background: Rich & Radicalesbians, Feminist Theory, pg. 239-42, 347-56

Theorist: Judith Butler, Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity, pg. vii-78

Optional: Halberstam, “Transgender Butch” (FT); Wittig, “One is Not Born a Woman” (ER); Butler, Gender Trouble, 78+

* Homework: Group 1 (RS & ST); Group 2 (RS & QT); Group 3 (QT & DQ); Group 4 (DQ & RT); Group 5 (ST & RT)

Week 8:

Thursday, May 28

Individual Conferences on Research Project (in lieu of Regular Class): see the Conference Schedule (/confer.pdf) and the Research Proposal Guidelines (/essay.htm). Submit two copies of the 5-pg. proposal by Fri. June 5, 9:30 AM, one hard copy to the English Department mailbox (612 Pray Harrold) and a second digital copy to the Turn It In website: http://www.turnitin.com/ (password “feminist”)

Week 9:

Tuesday, June 2

Sexualities & the Public Sphere

In-Class Video: “Sexuality 101,” 60 Minutes segment

Background: MacKinnon, Wittig, &  Rubin, Feminist Theory, pg. 475-84, 342-46, 273-86 (FT)

Theorist: Michael Warner and Lauren Berlant, “Sex in Public” (ER)

Optional: Butler/Rubin Interview (ER); Hennessy, Profit and Pleasure (ER); Duggan, “Making it Perfectly Queer” (ER)

* Homework: Group 1 (RT); Group 2 (ST); Group 3 (RS); Group 4 (QT); Group 5 (DQ)

Week 10:

Thursday, June 4

Global Women & Postcolonial Theory

Primary Text: Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Selection from Turkish Embassy Letters (ER)

Background: Mernissi & Narayan, Feminist Theory, pg. 268-73, 542-49 (FT)

Theorist: Anne McClintock, Short Imperial Leather (ER); Cynthia Enloe, “On the Beach” (ER)

Optional: Chow, “Violence in the Other Culture” (ER); Spivak, “Can the Subaltern Speak?” (ER)

* Homework: Group 1 (DQ); Group 2 (RT); Group 3 (ST); Group 4 (RS); Group 5 (QT)

Week 11:

Tuesday, June 9

Gendering Empire &  Colonization

Background: Douglas & Davis, Feminist Theory, pg. 203-11, 509-15

Theorist: Andrea Smith, Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide, Ch. 1, 3-4, 6

Optional: Smith, Conquest, Ch. 2, 7-8; Shohat, “Tropes of Empire” (ER); Haraway, “Cyborg Manifesto” (FT)

* Homework: Group 1 (QT); Group 2 (DQ); Group 3 (RT); Group 4 (ST); Group 5 (RS)

 

Week 12:

Tuesday, June 23

Research Presentations: See the Research Proposal Guidelines (/essay.htm)

Research Paper Due: Submit two copies by 9:30 AM, one hard copy to the departmental mailbox (612 Pray Harrold) and a second to the Turn It In site: http://www.turnitin.com/ (password “feminist”)

[*][*] Abbreviations: Electronic Reserves (ER), Feminist Theory anthology (FT); Quotation from optional reading (QT); Discussion Questions (DQ); Response on required theorists (RS); Show & Tell following week (ST); Respondent for peers (RT). See the Group Assignments handout (/groups.htm) for your group number, and Homework Assignments handout (/hmwk.htm) for a full description of tasks due each day.