GOV 382M • 4-Feminist Theory
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
This course is intended as an introductory overview of western (mainly American) feminist theory. The topics and readings are not covered in depth. Rather, the goal is to familiarize students with classic works, foundational theoretical traditions, and contemporary debates. By the end of the semester, students should have a basic familiarity with feminist theory as an intellectual field, and have preliminary knowledge of the main authors, texts, and debates in this area. From here, you should be able to pursue particular areas in greater depth in other classes. The other goal of this class is to introduce students to some of the faculty members on campus who teach and write in the area. Several faculty will visit to lead the class at different points over the course of the semester.
Most (if not all) of the readings will be available on Blackboard under "Course Documents." This is being done in part because we have so many guest lecturers and it will allow us to provide reading materials to everyone within a week or two of their appearance in the class. Particularly among the classic books, there are many that you may have or ought to have in your own library. Many of these books are widely available at local bookstores. In addition, you should purchase: Rosemarie Putnam Tong, Feminist Thought, second edition. Marguerite Waller and Sylvia Marcos (editors). Dialogue and Difference: Feminisms Challenge Globalization. 2005.