WGS 391 Foundations II:
Theories of Knowledge and Praxis
**NOTE: Many of the assignments require you to pick from among alternatives, or have just a title listed. Check the complete bibliography for details on readings.
PART ONE: Defining the Women's and Gender Studies Community:
The Ethics of Embodied Research
Week 1: 13, 15 January:
Setting the Stagewhere WS stands, in institutions, professions, and professoriat
introduction of course materials and assignments
M Introduction to the Course: Sites and Skills
- Michel Foucault, "Body/Power." From Power/Knowledge (class handout)
- Adrienne Rich, "Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence."
DOWNLOAD from class website as an e-doc & read before class
Recommended background: Rosen, The World Split Open.
W Discussion: where do disciplinary boundaries lie, and what do they imply for individuals, what kinds of data does gender/feminist studies make available?
- Sandra Harding, ed. "Introduction: Is There s Feminist Method?" Feminism and Methodology
- Shulamit Reinharz with Lynn Davidman. Feminist Methods in Social Research
(passim -- skim only; Intro, 12 & 13 are particularly recommended)
**ASSIGNMENT 1 DUE: personal disciplinary history assignment
Week 2: 22 January
M MLK Holiday
W Gender, Knowledge, Disciplinary Practice
- Nancy Tuana and Sandra Morgen, eds. Engendering Rationalities
(read at least one of the 3 case studies [science, Chicana studies, Hair Testimony])
- Donna Haraway, Primate Visions (excerpts)
**ASSIGNMENT 1 DUE: completion of oral history projects from last class (if needed)
PART TWO: Research Parameters:
How Gender Theory Turns into Research and Engaged Practice
Week 3: 27, 29 January
M Epistemology of Gender: The Origin of Psycho-Social Oppression
- Mary Margaret Fonow and Judith A. Cook, eds. Beyond Methodology
(read intro plus at least two essays)
- Gunew, Sneja, ed. Feminist Knowledge: Critique and Construct
Read Gunew, "Feminist Knowledge" and one other essay of choice
Rosi Braidotti, Nomadic Subjects"
Read "Introduction: By Way of Nomadism" and skim one other section
OPTIONAL: Alcoff, Linda, and Elizabeth Potter, eds. Feminist Epistemologies
*PRÉCIS DUE: any essay
Week 4: 3, 5 February
M Social-Science /Governmental Issues
- Micaela di Leonardo, ed. Gender at the Crossroads of Knowledge
- Candace West and Sarah Fenstermaker, "Accountability in Action"
*PRÉCIS DUE: any essay
W GUEST SPEAKER: Lucia Gilbert, Vice-Provost and Professor of Counseling Psychology
Gender as a Research Parameter
- Lucia Gilbert, "Reclaiming and Returning Gender to Context"
- READ AT LEAST ONE CASE STUDY FROM AMONG:
Linda Thompson, "Conceptualizing Gender in Marriage"
Linda Thompson and Alexis J. Walker, "The Place of Feminism in Family Studies"
Feminism and Nursing. Special issue of Advances in Nursing Science
Janet Shibley Hyde, "Meta-Analysis and the Psychology of Gender Differences"
Week 5: 10, 12 February
M Legal Definitions of Gender
- Zillah R. Eisenstein, The Female Body and the Law (excerpts)
- Martha Hodes, ed. Sex, Love, Race: Crossing Boundaries in North American History
(your choice of legal history essay)
- Janet L. Dolgin, "Family Law and the Facts of Family," in
Sylvia Yanagisako and Carol Delaney, eds. Naturalizing Power
- Judith Butler, "Burning Acts, Injurious Speech," in Andrew Parker and
Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, eds. Performativity and Performance
W GUEST SPEAKER: Laura Lein, Professor, School of Social Work
- Laura Lein, et al. "Economic Roulette: When is a Job not a Job?"
- Ronald J. Angel, et al. "Health Insurance Coverage for Children and their
Caregivers in Low-Income Urban Neighborhoods."
- Linda M. Burton, Tet al. "The Three-City Ethnograhy: An Overview."
Week 6: 17, 19 February
M DEBRIEF: where women's studies / theory informs my area. Your posted materials will be the basis for the discussion.
ASSIGNMENT 2 DUE: Posted on Web: problems of speaking
in WS, gender studies, feminism across disciplinary lines
PART THREE: Expanding Theories and Praxes
W Identity Construction:
Gender, Ethnicity, Race, and the Politics of Representation
- Gita Rajan, "Subversive-Subaltern Identity: Indira
Gandhi as the Speakiing Subject," in: Sidonie Smith and Julia Watson, eds.
De/Colonizing the Subject
- Chandra Talpade Mohanty, "Under Western Eyes: Feminist Scholarship and Colonial Discourses."
- Sylvia Yanagisako, "Transforming Orientalism," in Sylvia Yanagisako and Carol
Delaney, eds. Naturalizing Power
*Assignment 2 follow-up: you have to post comments to others' essays
Week 7: 24, 26 February
M Gendered Language, Symbolic Forms, and Rhetorical Authority
- Anuradha Dingwaney & Carol Maier, eds. Between Languages & Cultures
- Alice Parker, "Under the Covers . . . (Lesbian Translation)", in Susan J.
Wolfe and Julia Penelope, eds, Sexual Practice, Textual Theory
**PRÉCIS DUE: any essay
- Sherry Simon, Gender in Translation (excerpts)
- Barbara Godard, "Theorizing Feminist Discourse/Translation."
- Luise von Flotow, Translation and Gender (excerpts)
Week 8: 3, 5 March
M Activist Rhetorical Theory
- Susan Gal, "Between Speech and Silence: The Problematics of Research
on Language and Gender," in Micaela di Leonardo, ed. Gender at the Crossroads of
- Teresa de Lauretis. "The Violence of Rhetoric: On Representation and Gender," in
Roger N. Lancaster and Micaela di Leonardo. The Gender/Sexuality Reader
- Norma Alarcón, "Traddutora, Traditora"
- James Paul Gee, Introduction to Discourse Analysis
*PRÉCIS DUE: any essay
SPRING BREAK: 8-16 March
Week 9: 17, 19 March
Case studies: Space and epistemology
M Cultural Studies
- Yanagisako and Delaney, eds. Naturalizing Power: Essays in
Feminist Cultural Analysis
W *Assignment 4 due: abstract
Class discussion: difficulties in specifying projects.
Week 10: 24, 26 March
M Feminist Pedagogy
- bell hooks, Teaching to Transgress (excerts)
- Paolo Friere, Pedagogy of the Oppressed (passim)
- Adrienne Rich, "Taking Women Students Seriously (1978)"
- Wendy Luttrell, "'The Teachers, They All Had Their Pets,'"
in Ruth-Ellen B. Joeres and Barbara Laslett, eds. The Second Signs Reader
*Feedback on abstracts due
Week 11: 31 March, 2 April
- Annamarie Jagnose, Queer Theory
- Susan J. Wolfe and Julia Penelope, eds.. Sexual Practice, Textual Theory
(Wolfe and Penelope, Zimmerman)
- Donna Haraway, " A Cyborg Manifesto"
Assignment 5 (Research Plan) due: and post
Week 12: 7, 9 April
- Nina Lykke and Rosi Braidotti, eds. Between Gods, Monsters, and Cyborgs
(READ ONE RESPONSE TO HARAWAY)
- Judith Butler, excerpt from "Introduction" to Bodies That Matter,
in Roger N. Lancaster and Micaela di Leonardo. The Gender/Sexuality Reader
W Discussion on Research Methods/Presentation
- Be sure you check Reinharz, Feminist Methods, for inspiration
*Feedback on research plans due
Week 13: 14, 16 April
M Music, Performance
- Andrew Parker and Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, eds. "Introduction," in
Performativity and Performance
- Corinne E. Blackmer & Patricia Juliana Smith, eds. En Travesti (excerpts)
- Sheila Whiteley, ed., Sexing the Groove (musician of your choice!!)
- Lisbeth van Zoonen, Feminist Media Studies passim (read around)
*PRÉCIS DUE: any essay
Week 14: 21, 23 April
Feminism and Historiography
- Canning, Kathleen. "Feminist History after the Linguistic Turn"
W Poster Session Presentations
Draft version posted; comments due by Wednesday, 30 April
Week 15: 28, 30 April
Poster Session Presentations (continued)
- W *LAST DAY OF CLASS: Assignment 7 (CV) due
*FINAL PROJECT DUE (Assignment 8):
Official exam time: Wednesday, May 7, 7 pm.
Which means I'll accept projects up to 9:00AM on Thursday, 8 May.
Late projects will be docked.