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Dr. Susan Sage Heinzelman, Director 2505 University Avenue, A4900, Burdine Hall 536, Austin Texas 78712 • 512-471-5765

Spring 2007

WGS 345 • Women Radical and Reformers-W

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Course Description

Concentrating on the twentieth century but beginning with eighteenth and nineteenth-century precedents, this course will look at women's radical activism and traditions of reform through the interdisciplinary lens of American Studies. That is, we will consider womens radicalism and reform from historical, literary, sociological, journalistic, and artistic perspectives, with plenty of room for students to bring in material of particular interest to them. Topics covered will include campaigns for female education and womens suffrage; womens challenges to slavery and lynching; womens role in socialist and communist movements; feminism (first and second wave); the settlement house movement; labor activism; literary radicalism; the peace movement; ethnic nationalism; womens liberation; and the new "grrl" power. Throughout, we will consider the ways in which various movements have taken on particularly feminine dimensions (that is, how they come to be understood as womens movements); the role of men in womens movements; the dynamics between individual leadership and communal organizing; the impact of race, gender, ethnicity, class, region, and sexuality on womens individual and collective sensibility; and the variety of ways in which the radical and reform impulses of women and girls have been expressed. Students will actively contribute to course content through research and presentations to the class, and through informed participation in class discussions.


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