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Ws 102_Intro to Western Feminisms_Spring 2010

Ws 102_Intro to Western Feminisms_Spring 2010

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Spring 2010Instructor: Alessandra Capperdoni
Contact:acapperd@sfu.caLecture: Mondays 12:30 – 2:20pm AQ 3154Office hours: Mondays 3:30 – 4:20pm or by appointment
What is feminism? When did it originate? What is its history? Is it awomen’s concern only? Does it still speak to the sexed and gendered identities of our times? In addressing thesequestions, this course will examine the
history of feminism in Western cultures
fromancient times (Greek and Judeo-Christian traditions) to the mid-20
century. Our methodology will comprise the
analysis of historical texts
of various sources (religion,mythology, history, law, philosophy, medicine, and cultural representations) alongside their critical re-readingsto illuminate the ways in which, throughout history and across geographies, women have fought, resisted, andsubverted the knowledge that patriarchal discourses have construed about female identities and roles in society.
Our focus, therefore, will be the
understanding of the ways gender is produced through knowledgeformation and the new ‘feminist’ visions that are produced through acts of resistance
. Topics will include:definitions of feminism/s and feminist consciousness; theories of the origin of patriarchies; women’s role inreligion (Judaism, Christianity, Muslim, and Native American); feminine symbolism in spiritual practices;struggles for emancipation and equal rights; maternal feminism; the suffrage movement in Europe and NorthAmerica; female sexuality and reproduction; women and labour; women and race; women’s creativity; andfemale subjectivity in language.
Le Gates, M.
 In Their Time: A History of Feminism in Western Society
. New York, Routledge, 2001.Delamotte, E., Meeker, N. & O’Barr, J. (eds).
Women Imagine Change: A Global Anthology of Women’s Resistance from 600 B.C.E. to Present 
. New York: Routledge, 1997.Woolf, Virginia.
 A Room of One’s Own and Three Guineas
. London, UK: Random House, 2000.Supplementary readings will be posted on
20%Attendance and tutorial participation (includes Blog discussion)10%Documentary analysis20%Mid-term exam25%Paper (6-7 pages, max 1,500 words) on a pre-second wave feminist25%Final exam
Readings on WebCt(Only chapters and sections listed)
# refers to sections, not pages
Week 1 – Jan. 4
Women’s Life in Greece and Rome: Medicine and Anatomy
 (#345-346; #348-349; #351-352; #355)
*Women’s Life in Greece and Rome: Women’s Voices, Men’s Opinions, and Public Life
(Women’s Voices: Sappho # 1, 3, 4, 5, 6; Men’s Opinions: all; Public Life: until # 176)
Week 2 – Jan.11
Women and the Bible: Genesis
(chapters 1 to 4 and 16 to 19)*
Women and the Bible: Leviticus
(chapters 11, 12, 15 and 18)“How to do a document analysis”
Week 3 – Jan.18
Women and the Bible: The Book of Ruth
(chapters 1 to 4)*
Women and the Bible: Ezekiel 
(chapters 16, 20, 22, 23 and 24)
Week 4 – Jan. 25
Women and the New Testament: Gospel according to St. Luke
(chp. 1 and 2)*
 Paul of Tarsus on women
(#441 and 442)*
 Paul of Tarsus_selection
(1 Corinthians chp. 11 and 14; Ephesians chp. 5; 1 Timothy chp. 2 and 3)“Peer Review of document analysis”
Week 9 – March 1
Women’s Life in Greece and Rome: Philosophers on women’s education
 (#67; from #73 to 75; from #213 to 218; from #221 to 223)(File contained in
folder Week 10
following “Legal Status of Women”)
Week 10 – March 8
Women’s Life in Greece and Rome: Legal Status of Women
 (#88; from #112 to 116; #118; #123; from #129 to 136)(File also contains “Philosophers on women’s education” for week 9)
Week 13 – March 29
Simone de Beauvoir, Introduction to
The Second Sex

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