POL 363-800, Feminist Theory
Fall 2019 |

Complete assigned readings before coming to class on the indicated dates. Always bring a copy of the day's reading to class with you and be ready to discuss the subject material.

Tue, Aug 27

Turabian: §7.9, Guard against Inadvertent Plagiarism (81-83); §11.1, Focus on the First Seven or Eight Words of a Sentence (114-121); §15.1, Reasons for Citing Your Sources (139-140); §15.2, The Requirements of Citations (140-142); Ch. 18, Author-Date Style: The Basic Form (223–235)
Mann & Patterson: Introduction (xxi-xxiv)

Thu, Aug 29

Mann & Patterson: Ch. 1, 1-21 - Doing Feminist Theory (Mann & Patterson, 1-6); "Woman," "Feminists," and "Feminism" (Kramarae & Treichler, 7-8); "Theory as Liberatory Practice" (hooks, 8-14); "The Woman Question in Science to the Science Question in Feminism" (Harding, 14-21)

Tue, Sep 3

Mann & Patterson: Ch. 1, 21-40 - Not by Degrees: Feminist Theory and Education (Bunch, 21-23); "Have We Got a Theory for You! Feminist Theory, Cultural Imperialism and the Demand for 'The Woman's Voice'" (Lugones & Spelman, 23-32); "The End of Innocence" (Flax, 32-36); "The Project of Feminist Epistemology: Perspectives from a Nonwestern Feminist" (Narayan, 36-40)

Thu, Sep 5

Mann & Patterson: Ch. 2, 42-65 - Liberal Feminisms (Mann & Patterson, 42-50); Selected Letters from the Adams Family Correspondence (Adams & Adams, 51); Introduction to A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (Wollstonecraft, 52-54); From Letters on the Equality of the Sexes and the Condition of Women (Grimké, 55-57); "Declaration of Sentiments" (Stanton, 58-60); "Enfranchisement of Women" (Mill, 60-62); From The Subjugation of Women (Mill, 63-65)

Tue, Sep 10

Mann & Patterson: Ch. 2, 65-87 - "And the Truth Shall Make You Free": A Speech on the Principles of Social Freedom (Woodhull, 65-67); Speech after Arrest for Illegal Voting (Anthony, 67-69); "The Story of an Hour" (Chopin 69-70); "American Suffragettes" (71); "On Municipal Housekeeping" (Addams, 72-73); "Shakespeare's Sister" (74-75); "A Room of One's Own" (76-77); "Sex and Temperament" (Mead, 78-80); "The Problem That Has No Name" (Friedan, 80-82); "1966 Statement of Purpose" (NOW, 83-87)

Thu, Sep 12

Mann & Patterson: Ch. 3, 88-115 - Radical Feminisms (Mann & Patterson, 88-95); From "Miss Furr and Miss Skeene" (Stein, 96); From "The BITCH Manifesto" (Freeman, 97-99); "Redstockings Manifesto" (Redstockings, 100-101); "Revolutionary Demands" (Firestone, 101-103); "The Woman Identified Woman" (Radicalesbians, 103-106); "Lesbians in Revolt" (Bunch, 106-109); "Theory and Practice: Pornography and Rape" (Morgan, 109-111); "Use" (Griffin, 112-113); "Why Women Need the Goddess: Phenomenological, Psychological, and Political Reflections" (Christ, 113-115)

Tue, Sep 17

Mann & Patterson: Ch. 3, 116-140 - "Mandra, II" (Nin, 116-117); "Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence" (Rich 117-123); "If Men Could Menstruate" (Steinem, 123-125); "Thinking Sex: Notes for a Radical Theory of the Politics of Sexuality" (Rubin, 125-133); "Model Antipornography Civil Rights Ordinance" (Dworkin & MacKinnon, 133-134); "From Here to Queer: Radical Feminism, Postmodernism, and the Lesbian Menace (or, Why Can't a Woman Be More Like a Fag?)" (Walters, 135-140)

Thu, Sep 19

Mann & Patterson: Ch. 4, 141-176 - Marxist, Socialist, and Anarchist Feminisms (Mann & Patterson, 141-151); "The New Colossus" (Lazarus, 152); From The Origin of the Family, Private Property, and the State (Engels, 152-155); From "The Yellow Wallpaper" (Gilman, 155-157); From Women and Economics: A Study of the Economic Relation between Men and Women as a Factor in Social Evolution" (Gilman 157-159); "Girl Slaves of the Milwaukee Breweries" (Jones, 160-161); "The Traffic in Women" (Goldman, 162-165); "Bread and Roses" (Oppenheim, 165); "We Have Found You Wanting" (Schneiderman, 165-166); "Working Woman and Mother" (Kollotai, 166-169); "Now We Can Begin" (Eastman, 169-171); "My Fight for Birth Control" (Sanger, 171-174); "I Want You Women Up North to Know" (175-176)

Tue, Sep 24

Mann & Patterson: Ch. 4, 177-217 - "The Married Woman" (de Beauvoir, 177-181); "The Political Economy of Women's Liberation" (Benston, 181-184); "Gender Personality and the Reproduction of Mothering" (Chodorow, 184-186); "The Unhappy Marriage of Marxism and Feminism: Towards a More Progressive Union" (Hartmann, 187-193); "Throwing Like a Girl: The Phenomenology of Feminine Body Comportment, Motility, and Spatiality" (Young, 194-200); "Feminism and the Revolt of Nature" (King, 200-203); From The Everyday World as Problematic: A Feminist Sociology (Smith, 204-209); "Foucault on Power: A Theory for Women?" (Hartsock, 210-212); "The Cyborg Manifesto and Fractured Identities" (Haraway, 212-217)

Thu, Sep 26

Mann & Patterson: Ch. 5, 218-259 - Intersectionality Theories (Mann & Patterson, 218-228); "Ain't I a Woman?" (Truth, 229); From Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (Jacobs, 229-231); "On Woman Suffrage" (Douglass, 231-234); "Woman versus the Indian" (Cooper, 235-237); "Lynch Law in America" (Wells-Barnett, 237-240); "Sweat" (Hurston, 240-245); From I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Angelou, 246-247); "A Black Feminist Statement" (Combahee River Collective, 247-252); "Invisibility Is an Unnatural Disaster: Reflections of an Asian American Woman" (Yamada, 253-256); "I Walk in the History of My People" (Chrystos, 256-257); "Womanist" (Walker, 257); "The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master's House" (Lorde, 258-259)

Tue, Oct 1

No Class Meeting

Thu, Oct 3

Mann & Patterson: Ch. 5, 260-298 - From Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza (Anzaldúa, 260-263); "Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex: A Black Feminist Critique of Antidiscrimination Doctrine, Feminist Theory, and Antiracist Politics" (Crenshaw, 264-273); From Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness and the Politics of Empowerment (Collins, 273-276); "U.S. Third World Feminism: The Theory and Method of Differential Oppositional Consciousness" (Sandoval, 277-284); "Outcast Mothers and Surrogates: Racism and Reproductive Politics in the Nineties" (Davis, 284-288); "Ecofeminism through an Anticolonial Framework" (Smith, 288-293); "Integrating Disability, Transforming Feminist Theory" (Garland-Thomson, 294-298)

Tue, Oct 8

Mann & Patterson: Ch. 6, 300-327 - Postmodernism, Poststructuralism, Queer, and Transgender Theories (Mann & Patterson, 300-308); "Method" (Foucault, 309-311); "Foucault, Femininity, and the Modernization of Patriarchal Power" (Bartky, 312-316); "Imitation and Gender Insubordination" (Butler, 317-321); "The Body and the Reproduction of Femininity" (Bordo, 321-327)

Thu, Oct 10

Mann & Patterson: Ch. 6, 327-352 - From Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us (Bornstein, 327-330); "An Introduction to Female Masculinity: Masculinity without Men" (Halberstam, 331-335); "Should There Be Only Two Sexes?" (Fausto-Sterling, 336-340); "A Certain Kind of Freedom: Power and the Truth of Bodies" (Wilchins, 341-345); "Queer Temporality and Postmodern Geographies" (Halberstam, 345-349); "Trans Woman Manifesto" (Serano, 349-352)

Tue, Oct 15

Mann & Patterson: Ch. 7, 353-369 - Third-Wave Feminisms (Mann & Patterson, 353-361); Bikini Kill Zine Cover (90); "Being Real: An Introduction" (Walter, 363-365); "Klaus Barbie, and Other Dolls I'd Like to See" (Gilman, 366); "A Day without Feminism" (Baumgardner & Richards, 367-369)

Thu, Oct 17

Mann & Patterson: Ch. 7, 370-394 - "Unpacking the Mother/Daughter Baggage: Reassessing Second- and Third-Wave Tensions" (370-376); "Introduction" from Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today's Feminism (Rehman & Hernández, 376-380); From Women without Class (Bettie, 380-384); "'It's All About the Benjamins': Economic Determinants of Third Wave Feminism in the United States" (Heywood & Drake, 384-388); "Solitary Sisterhood: Individualism Meets Collectivity in Feminism's Third Wave" (Henry, 389-394)

Tue, Oct 22

Mann & Patterson: Ch. 8, 395-411 - Bridging the Local and the Global: Feminist Discourses on Colonialism, Imperialism, and Globalization (Mann & Patterson, 395-396); Feminism and Imperialism in Early Modernity (Mann & Patterson, 397-404); "Civil Disobedience" (Thoreau, 405-407); "Mothers' Day Proclamation" (Howe, 408); "Indian Citizenship" (Gage, 408-409); From The Squatter and the Don (Ruiz de Burton, 410-411)

Thu, Oct 24

Mann & Patterson: Ch. 8, 411-426 - "A Cry from an Indian's Wife" (Tekahionwake, 411-412); "On Educated Suffrage" (Stnaton, 412-414); "Petition for the Women of Hawaii" (Anthony & Stanton, 414-415); From Patriotism: A Menace to Liberty (Goldman, 415-418); "Militarism as a Province of Accumulation" (Luxdemburg, 418-419); "Resolutions Adopted" (International Cogress of Women, 420); From American Indian Stories (Zitkala-Sa, 421-422); From An Indian Girl's Story Told by Herself to Gilbert L. Wilson (Waheenee, 422-423); From Three Guineas (Woolf, 423-426)

Tue, Oct 29

Mann & Patterson: Ch. 9, 427-454 - Feminism and Imperialism in Late Modernity (Mann & Patterson, 427-435); "The Adverse Impact of Development on Women" (Tinker, 436-441); From Gyn/Ecology: The Metaethics of Radical Feminism (Daly, 441-446); "Life on the Global Assembly Line" (Ehrenreich & Fuentes, 446-450); Off Our Backs Cover (451); "Introduction: Planetary Feminism: The Politics of the 21st Century" (Morgan, 452-454)

Thu, Oct 31

Mann & Patterson: Ch. 9, 454-480 - "Report from Vietnam for International Women's Day" (Salado, 455); "Report from the Bahamas" (Jordan, 455-458); From Patriarchy and Accumulation on a World Scale: Women in the International Division of Labor (Mies, 459-463); "Development, Ecology and Women" (Shiva, 463-466); "The Global Trade in Filipina Workers" (Chang, 467-471); "Wielding Masculinity Inside Abu Ghraib and Guantánamo: The Globalized Dynamics" (Enloe, 472-480)

Tue, Nov 5

Mann & Patterson: Ch. 10, 481-511 - Feminism and Imperialism in Postmodernity (Mann & Patterson, 481-490); From Orientalism (Said, 491-493); "Under Western Eyes: Feminist Scholarship and Colonial Discourses" (Mohanty, 493-499); "Can the Subaltern Speak?" (Spivak, 500-504); "Infinite Layers/Third World?" (Minh-ha, 505-506); "Postmodern and Transnational Feminist Practices" (Grewal & Kaplan, 506-511)

Thu, Nov 7

Mann & Patterson: Ch. 10, 512-544 - "Beijing Declaration" (512-514); From Dislocating Cultures: Identities, Traditions, and Third-World Feminisms (Narayan, 515-521); "Erotophobia and the Colonization of Queer(s)/Nature" (Gaard, 521-524); "After the Metanarratives of Liberation" (Shohat, 524-527); "Do Muslim Women Really Need Saving? Anthropological Reflections on Cultural Relativism and Its Others" (Abu-Lughod, 528-532); "From Tragedy and Injustice to Rights and Empowerment: Accountability in the Economic Realm" (Symington, 533-539); "Towards Transnational Feminisms" (Gupta, 539-541); Fireweed (Brannon, 542-544)

Tue, Nov 12

Zeisler: Introduction (ix-xvi); Ch. 1, The Corridors of Empower (3-28); Ch. 2, Heroine Addicts: Feminism and Hollywood (29-58); Ch. 3, Do These Underpants Make Me Look Feminist? (59-80)

Thu, Nov 14

Zeisler: Ch. 4, The Golden Age of (Feminist) TV (81-110); Ch. 5, Our Beyoncés, Ourselves: Celebrity Feminism (111-138); Ch. 6, Killer Waves (141-168)

Tue, Nov 19

Zeisler: Ch. 7, Empowering Down (169-192); Ch. 8, The Rise of Big Woman (193-220); Ch. 9, Creeping Beauty (221-248); Epilogue: The End of Feel-Good Feminism (249-258)

Thu, Nov 21

Ahmed: Introduction: Bringing Feminist Theory Home (1-18); Part I: Becoming Feminist (19-20); Ch. 1, Feminism is Sensational (21-42); Ch. 2, On Being Directed (43-64)

Tue, Nov 26

Ahmed: Ch. 3, Willfulness and Feminist Subjectivity (64-88); Part II: Diversity Work (89-92); Ch. 4, Trying to Transform (94-114); Ch. 5, Being in Question (115-134)

Thu, Nov 28

No Class Meeting

Tue, Dec 3

Ahmed: Ch. 6, Brick Walls (135-160); Part III: Living the Consequences (161-162); Ch. 7, Fragile Connections (163-186); Ch. 8, Feminist Snap (187-212)

Thu, Dec 5

Ahmed: Ch. 9, Lesbian Feminism (213-234); Conclusion 1: A Killjoy Survival Kit (235-250); Conclusion 2: A Killjoy Manifesto (251-268)