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Traditions in Feminist Thought (230-0-20)


Paola Zamperini
1880 Campus Drive, Kresge Hall, Office 4-431
Office Hours: Varies quarter to quarter, please check with instructor.

Meeting Info

University Hall 122: Tues, Thurs 3:30PM - 4:50PM

Overview of class

This course is a rigorous introduction to feminism's multiple intellectual and political traditions and genealogies within and outside the US at different historical junctures. The course emphasizes the rich debates that have been staged within feminism as feminists have labored to imagine other worlds in a variety of media and contexts. Our task is to understand how these varied feminist traditions have interrogated the same sites -- marriage and family, sexuality, reproduction, the nation and the state, work, liberation, and feminism itself - in radically different ways. Why are these the key areas that feminist theorists have focused on across time and cultural divides? How have feminists around the world imagined these spaces as both sites of oppression and potential venues for freedom?

Learning Objectives

1) To introduce major ideas in the study of feminism over time, from the perspective of a variety of disciplines
2) To think critically about the standpoints, methods, omissions, and possible uses of each study
3) To foster detailed, persuasive writing and conversation about these complicated topics
4) To introduce a variety of disciplinary methodologies to think about and study feminism, its genealogies, and history across time and space
5) To create individual and communal spaces of dialogue and conversation around the course topics

Teaching Method

Lecture and discussion

Evaluation Method

Paper #1 (20%), short writing assignments (25% total), Final Paper (30%), and participation and attendance (25%).

Class Materials (Required)

All readings and films, including optional material, will be available on the Canvas site.

Class Attributes

Historical Studies Foundational Discipline
Historical Studies Distro Area
U.S. Perspectives on Power, Justice, and Equity

Associated Classes

DIS - Parkes Hall 224: Fri 10:00AM - 10:50AM

DIS - Parkes Hall 224: Fri 11:00AM - 11:50AM

DIS - Parkes Hall 224: Fri 1:00PM - 1:50PM

DIS - Parkes Hall 224: Fri 2:00PM - 2:50PM

DIS - Parkes Hall 214: Fri 12:00PM - 12:50PM