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AMELANG 32: Arab Women Writers and Issues

(Formerly AMELANG 162.) Fiction and non-fiction work. The major cultural factors shaping their feminist attitudes. Readings: Fatima Mernissi, Nawal El-Saadawi, Etel Adnan, Alifa Rifaat, and Sahar Khalifeh. All texts in English. No knowledge of Arabic required. Limited enrollment.
Terms: Win | Units: 4 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-Hum, GER:EC-Gender | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
Instructors: Barhoum, K. (PI)

AMSTUD 107: Introduction to Feminist Studies (CSRE 108, FEMST 101, HISTORY 107)

Introduction to interdisciplinary feminist scholarship, which seeks to understand the creation, perpetuation, and critiques of gender inequalities. Topics include the historical emergence of feminist politics and contemporary analyses of work and family, health and sexuality, creativity, and politics. Close attention to the intersections of race, gender, ethnicity, and sexuality and to international, as well as U.S., perspectives. Students learn to think critically about gender in the past, present, and future.
Terms: Aut | Units: 4-5 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-SocSci, GER:EC-Gender, WAY-ED, WAY-SI | Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)
Instructors: Freedman, E. (PI)

AMSTUD 156H: Women and Medicine in US History: Women as Patients, Healers and Doctors

Women's bodies in sickness and health, and encounters with lay and professional healers from the 18th century to the present. Historical consttruction of thought about women's bodies and physical limitations; sexuality; birth control and abortion; childbirth; adulthood; and menopause and aging. Women as healers, including midwives, lay physicians, the medical profession, and nursing.
Terms: Aut | Units: 5 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-SocSci, GER:EC-Gender, WAY-ED, WAY-SI | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
Instructors: Horn, M. (PI)


Considers the political, economic, and social development of women in the United States during a long twentieth century. How have women been shaped or constrained by gendered conceptions of work, reproduction, education, family, and culture? Have all women reacted similarly to wars and depression or domestic and foreign policy? Through personal narratives and historical accounts, the course will answer these questions, observing how women negotiated gender, race, sexuality, and class difference to achieve greater opportunity and citizenship rights.
Terms: Spr | Units: 4-5 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-SocSci, GER:EC-Gender, WAY-ED, WAY-SI | Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)
Instructors: Zarnow, L. (PI)

AMSTUD 183C: Feminism and American Literature (ENGLISH 183C, JEWISHST 153C)

Exploration of the ways in which an eclectic group of American writers from the 19th century to the 20th have endeavored to enlarge the canvas on which women can paint their lives. Readings include stories, novels, journalism, poetry and drama that engage the social cultural, and political forces that can shape the kinds of futures students can imagine for themselves--forces that are further inflected by issues of race, ethnicity and class.
Terms: Win | Units: 5 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-Hum, GER:EC-Gender | Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)
Instructors: Fishkin, S. (PI)

CHINGEN 150: Sex, Gender, and Power in Modern China (CHINGEN 250)

Investigates how sex, gender, and power are entwined in the Chinese experience of modernity. Topics include anti-footbinding campaigns, free love/free sex, women's mobilization in revolution and war, the new Marriage Law of 1950, Mao's iron girls, postsocialist celebrations of sensuality, and emergent queer politics. Readings range from feminist theory to China-focused historiography, ethnography, memoir, biography, fiction, essay, and film. All course materials are in English.
Terms: Spr | Units: 3-5 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-Hum, GER:EC-Gender, WAY-A-II, WAY-ED | Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)
Instructors: Lee, H. (PI)

CLASSGEN 6N: Antigone: From Ancient Democracy to Contemporary Dissent (DRAMA 12N)

Preference to freshmen. Tensions inherent in the democracy of ancient Athens; how the character of Antigone emerges in later drama, film, and political thought as a figure of resistance against illegitimate authority; and her relevance to contemporary struggles for women's and workers' rights and national liberation. Readings and screenings include versions of Antigone by Sophocles, Anouilh, Brecht, Fugard/Kani/Ntshona, Paulin, Glowacki, Gurney, and von Trotta.
Terms: Aut | Units: 4 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-Hum, GER:EC-Gender, WAY-ED, WAY-ER | Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)

CLASSGEN 24N: Sappho: Erotic Poetess of Lesbos

Preference to freshmen. Sappho's surviving fragments in English; traditions referring to or fantasizing about her disputed life. How her poetry and legend inspired women authors and male poets such as Swinburne, Baudelaire, and Pound. Paintings inspired by Sappho in ancient and modern times, and composers who put her poetry to music.
Terms: Spr | Units: 4-5 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-Hum, GER:EC-Gender, WAY-CE, WAY-ED | Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)
Instructors: Peponi, A. (PI)

CLASSGEN 117: Gender, Violence, and the Body in Ancient Religion

The sex-gender system of ancient Greece. How did polarization of the sexes become a master metaphor for power struggles between husbands and wives, among men, and among parts of the self? How did religious activity, including drama, mitigate or intensify the stresses of living in a society polarized along gender lines?
Terms: Spr | Units: 3-4 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-Hum, GER:EC-Gender, WAY-A-II, WAY-ED | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit

CLASSGEN 134: Early Christianity, Early Judaism, and Gender (JEWISHST 122B, RELIGST 132B)

An exploration of gender in Early Christianity and Early Judaism. Possible topics include: an examination of Pre-Christian writings which are indicative of the foundational social contexts in which early Christian and Jewish writers operated; how women¿s preaching was portrayed in Paul¿s letters and the implications for what was actually going on in the community in Corinth; later interpretations of Paul¿s attitudes towards women and marriage, which diverge between a pro-marriage and further restrictive understanding of women¿s involvement in the Church in the pastorals (1 and 2 Timothy and Titus) and a pro-ascetic, cross-dressing, understanding of greater women¿s freedom in the Acts of Paul and Thecla; female Christian martyrs who had visions of themselves as men entering battle and male Rabbis who understood themselves as female virgins and who hid in whorehouses to avoid martyrdom; and a survey of early Rabbinic laws pertaining to men and women and what they reveal about early Jewish conceptions of gender.
Terms: Win | Units: 4 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-Hum, GER:EC-Gender | Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)
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