What role do vision and visuality play in constituting gender? In pursuing answers to this question, this course considers various ways in which the visual arts gender subjects. Considering structures of artistic production, the representation of bodies, and patterns of viewing, students explore various approaches to the visual cultures of gender, through detailed examination of canonical paintings, sculptures, and photographs, but also of various popular media, including print advertisements, film, and TV. Dist: ART. WCult: W.
This course explores the theoretical underpinnings of some of the most highly contested issues in society today. We will look at a spectrum of positions on such issues as: questions of difference and equality; women’s health and reproductive rights; identity and identity politics; morality-pornography-violence; eco-feminism-environmentalism; children, family, and human rights; and the representation/performance of femininity/masculinity. Special emphasis will be placed on the connection between theory and practice.
Open to all students. Dist: SOC. Class of 2008 and later: WCult: CI..
Marriage was the widely expected norm for men and women within African societies. The institution was an important marker of adulthood and it linked individuals and lineages in a network of mutual cooperation and support. This course explores marriage and divorce from the pre-colonial to the post-colonial eras. Using examples from East, West and Southern Africa, it highlights women’s agency, masculinity, and changing gender relations of power as the political economies of African societies transformed.
Open to all students. Dist: SOC. WCult: NW.
This course has been canceled
What do stories about animals tell us about the treatment of women in Western society? What do stories about women tell us about the treatment of animals in Western society? In this course, we will examine the philosophical traditions that associate women with animals, and will interrogate women’s complex response to those associations. We will read literary alongside religious and philosophical texts, and draw on current schools of critical thought such as ecofeminism to develop an understanding of these issues. Open to all students. Open to all students. Dist. LIT. Class of 2008 and later: WCult: CI.
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