|Course Title||Constructing Gender in American Literature and Culture|
AIM OF THE COURSE
This course (4 hours per week) is meant to help students to understand the importance of gender in the production of literature and culture alongside with other constructs, such as ethnicity or class. The course starts from very basic notions as students do not possess any notions on gender theory, and it exemplifies gender theory in American culture and literature.
ROLE OF THE COURSE IN THE OVERALL DEGREE CURRICULUM
This course is an optional course for the senior undergraduate students. It aims to provide those who are interested in gender issues or curious about gender issues with some basic notions that will allow them to pursue reading or researching on their own.
The course is a combination of lectures, oral presentations by the students and seminar discussions.
Gender and Sex lecture and group discussion.
In this class students will be taught about the distinction between gender and sex, gender as a cultural and historical construct, gender stereotypes.
Nancy Chodorow The Reproduction of Motherhood
Movie interpretation: Bambi. This class is a practical application of the knowledge acquired in week 1. After watching the movie, students will discuss gender stereotypes in the famous cartoon.
The First Theoretical Approaches in America.
This class is dedicated to the beginnings of American Feminism.
Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions, Seneca Falls in Miriam Schneir (ed.) The Vintage Book of Historical Feminism
Margaret Fuller Woman in the 19th Century
Sojorner Truth Aint I a Woman? in Miriam Schneir (ed.) The Vintage Book of Historical Feminism
Elizabeth Cady Stanton - A Womans Bible
The New American Feminism in the 20th Century (1).
In this class we shall analyze the revival of feminism after World War II and the influence of leftist ideologies on American feminism.
Betty Friedan Feminine Mystique
Shulamith Firestone The Dialectic of Sex
The New American Feminism in the 20th Century (2). This class is dedicated to the classic textual and political feminist approaches in the 20th century.
Kate Millett Textual Politics
Robin Morgan Sisterhood Is Powerful
Gender and Epistemology.
Knowledge is not an impersonal process beyond our personal circumstances. Therefore, such a thing as objective knowledge does not exist for humans. Gender is one of the factors that influence knowledge.
Donna Harraway Simians, Cyborgs and Women: the reinvention of nature
Sandra Harding Feminist Epistemologies
Language and Gender.
Starting from the Sapir Whorf hypothesis about the epistemic grid imposed by different languages, feminists have wondered about the influence of gender on our ideolects. This class is a discussion of ecriture feminine, silencing and silence in language.
Alice Walker In Search of Our Mothers Gardens
Tillie Olsen - Silences
From Writing the Body to Pornography.
In this class we shall continue the previous discussion about gender and language, discussing whether there is a gendered language. If language can be analyzed through the body, the body can also be read as a language. Pornography then is a derogatory reading of the body.
Ann Rosalind Jones Writing the Body: Toward an Understanding of lEcriture Feminine in Roby R. Warhol and Diane Price Herndl (eds.) - Feminisms
Andrea Dvorkin Pornography
Ann Marie Doane La femme fatale
Cultural Representation of Homosexuality and Lesbianism.
Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick The Epistemology of the Closet
Adriennne Rich Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existance in Mary Eagleton (ed.) Feminist Literary Theory
Monique Wittig One Is Not Born a Woman in Henry Abelove, Michele Alina Barale, David M. Halperin - The Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader
Bonnie Zimmerman What Has Never Been: An Overview of Lesbian Feminist Literary Criticism in Roby R. Warhol and Diane Price Herndl (eds.) - Feminisms
Literary Representation of Homosexuality and Lesbianism.
Beth Brant Coyotes New Trick
Gloria Naylor - The Two
Gender Literary Theory
Elaine Showalter A Literary of Their Own: British Women Novelists from Bronte to Lessing
Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar The Madwoman in the Attic: The Woman Writer and the 19th Century Imagination
Barbara Smith Toward a Black Feminist Criticism in Mary Eagleton (ed.) Feminist Literary Theory
Toril Moi Sexual/Textual Politics
Gender in American Literature
Kate Chopin The Awakening
Henry James The Portrait of a Lady
Gender and Ethnicity in American Literature (1).
Maxine Hong Kingston The Woman Warrior
Alice Walker Color Purple
Leslie Silko Yellow Woman
Gender and Ethnicity in American Literature (2).
Sandra Cisneros Woman Hollering Creek
Bharati Mukherjee A Wifes Story
Grace Paley Farewell and Good Luck