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Graduate Course Information

Spring  2016 WGST courses that can be used to satisfy the core requirements for the Gender Studies Graduate Certificate:


WGST 510 Feminist Theory – Jaksch – Monday – 5:30 – 8:20 pm

The basic theoretical questions that e will address in this cousre range from deceptively simple ones, which attempt to define concepts such as woman/ women, the body, gender, nature, otherness, labor, oppression and change, to more abstract interrogations of the theoretical assumptions operating within the explicative frameworks of postmodernism, poststructuralism, social constructivism, postcolonialism, materialism and transnational feminisms.

WGST 520 Gender Equity in the Classroom – Thursday – Rodriguez – 5:00 – 7:50 pm

This graduate seminar examines theoretical writings on feminist pedagogy and also addresses practical issues related to teaching Women’s and Gender Studies.  Participants will develop familiarity with  feminist pedagogies and their significance for the field of Women’s and Gender Studies; interpret their own educational experiences within the context of feminist reflections on education; formulate their own philosophies of education; and develop and test pedagogical strategies for developing critical consciousness about social inequalities.

Spring 2016 English Graduate Courses that can be used to satisfy the elective requirements for the Gender Studies Graduate Certificate:

ENGL 505 Contemporary Literary Theory and Methods – G. Steinberg  – Tuesday – 5:00pm – 7:30pm

An introduction to the scholarly methods necessary for graduate work in literature and to the study of theoretical frameworks important to contemporary literary criticism, including formalism, structuralism, Marxism, deconstruction, feminism, post-colonial studies, cultural studies, new historicism, and psychoanalysis. The course exposes students to the primary texts from which those theoretical frameworks are derived and requires students to critique and construct applications of those theories to specific literary texts.

ENGL 650 – Early American Literature – Tarter – Thursday, 5:00 – 7:30pm

Women living in early America (1630-1800) faced many challenges and adventures; indeed, picking up the pen to write was a major accomplishment for them.  Scholars over the last few decades have unburied an enormous treasure trove of archives written by women centuries ago. Representing many races and classes, these women were writing, speaking, contesting, and re-shaping culture in early America. Our interdisciplinary seminar will look at such primary documents as manuscript diaries and letters, commonplace books, Indian captivity narratives, trial and courtroom records, prophetic broadsides, cross-dressing narratives, prophetic poetry, and bestselling Revolutionary fiction.  Ultimately, we will address the historical, literary, and cultural influences that shaped women’s lives at this time and then discern the ways that women negotiated and subverted such influences through the power of the written word. Requirements include short response papers, a research presentation, and a final research paper.

ENGL 670 Studies in Literature:  Shakespeare and His Sisters – Carney – M – 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

In “A Room of One’s Own,” Virginia Woolf lamented the dearth of women writers in the literary canon and asked “What if Shakespeare had a sister?”  Fortunately, the recovery work of the last several decades has demonstrated that Shakespeare in fact had several literary sisters.  In this course, we will read several works by Shakespeare alongside the poetry, plays, and polemical essays of early modern women writers, including Amelia Lanyer, Elizabeth Cary, Mary Wroth, and Rachel Speght.  Various critical approaches will inform our readings: we will consider how these works illuminate our understanding of the early modern period, including their focus on monarchy and political stability, religious conflicts, and popular beliefs in magic and ritual. We will also explore issues engaging to readers and audiences then and now, including romantic love and erotic desire; violence and its representation; power and rebellion; class tensions, and nationalistic conflict. Above all, we will consider the ways in which gender paradigms influenced literary process and product.