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

Fall 2007

WGS 393 • FEM/VISUAL REPRESENTN IN 1970S

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
49973 F
10:00 AM-1:00 PM
ART 3.432
REYNOLDS

Course Description

This seminar will function both as a historical survey of some of the major feminist texts and works of the 1970s, and as a methods course for students interested in working on U.S. cultural production during the 1960s and 70s in relation to feminist issues and exhibition practices. The seminar will focus on three topics important to feminists during the decade -- theories of sexuality, eroticism and feminine sensibility; feminism's relation to Marxism; and the development of a "feminist criticism" -- and three of the master texts being reread during the 1970s: the writings of Freud, Marx and Engels, and Simone de Beauvoir. This structure is appropriate because so much feminist critique and art emerged out of the reading collectives which initially defined the feminist community both inside and outside the art world. In each section, we will discuss a variety of responses to the master texts, and then consider these responses in relation to parallel or dependent debates within the art world specifically and the field of visual culture generally. Although this course is designed to cover a range of issues, the limited focus and selection of texts means that it will not be an exhaustive survey.

GRADUATE STANDING REQUIRED. DESIGNED TO ACCOMMODATE 35 OR FEWER STUDENTS. COURSE NUMBER MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT WHEN THE TOPICS VARY. HISTORICAL SURVEY AND METHODS COURSE FOR STUDENTS INTERESTED IN WORKING ON US CULTURAL PRODUCTION DURING THE 1960S AND 70S IN RELATION TO FEMINIST ISSUES AND EXHIBITION PRACTICES. WGS 393 AND W S 393 MAY NOT BOTH BE COUNTED. MEETS WITH ARH 386P.

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