WGST 225
Classics in Western Feminist Thought
Last Offered Spring 2009
Division II Writing Skills
Cross-listed PHIL 225 / WGST 225
This course is not offered in the current catalog

Class Details

This course provides an introduction to feminist thought through readings of seminal feminist texts from the Enlightenment to the present. Special attention will be given to feminist revisions (including those by woman of color) of traditional and contemporary emancipatory theories such as liberalism, Marxism, psychoanalysis, poststructuralism, and queer theory as well as transnational feminism. Authors read may include the following: Mary Wollstonecraft, John Stuart Mill, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Alexandra Kollantai, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Jacobs, Emma Goldman, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Adrienne Rich, Marilyn Frye, Gloria Anzaldua, Audre Lorde, Catherine MacKinnon, Judith Butler, Iris Young, Nancy Fraser, Gayatri Spivak, and Chandra Mohanty. We conclude the course with an exploration of the wide range of feminist analyses of issues concerning prostitution and pornography.
The Class: Format: discussion
Limit: 19
Expected: 10
Class#: 3862
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: several 2-page essays, one 4-page essay, one 6-page essay (including a draft) and participation in in-class exercises including short oral presentations
Prerequisites: Women's and Gender Studies 101, or Philosophy 101, or permission of instructor
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
PHIL 225 Division II WGST 225 Division II
Attributes: AMST Critical and Cultural Theory Electives
WGST Feminist Theory Courses

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