Department of Women's and Gender Studies University of Missouri Department of Women's and Gender Studies

Current Semester Courses

Spring 2015

  • 1005 Early Black Women’s Spiritual Identity
  • 1120 Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies (online)
  • 1360 The Female Experience: Body, Identity, Culture
  • 2010 Gender and Identity: Understanding Intersectionality
  • 2020 Feminist Theory
  • 2050 Gender Perspectives: Issues in Public Health
  • 2250 Perspectives on Gender, Race, Class, and Sexuality in the Americas
  • 2340.01 Perspectives on Gender and the Popular Culture: Studies in Black Culture
  • 2340.02 Perspectives in Gender and Culture (9mo Self Paced Online)
  • 2960 Sexual Health Advocacy and Service Learning
  • 3003 Topics: Women, Work, and Childcare
  • 3080 Sexuality Studies
  • 3300 Queer Theories/Identities
  • 3320 Sociology of Gender
  • 3370 Themes in Gender and Religion
  • 3850 Themes in Gender and the Politics of Representation: Disability & Sexuality in American Culture
  • 3960 Strategies for Effective Peer Education
  • 4001/7001 Topics: Social Perspectives on Gender and Emotion
  • 4005/7005 Writing Human Rights
  • 4020/7020 Studies in Feminist Thought: Intersectionality
  • 4230/7230 Women, Development, and Globalization
  • 4400/7400 Contemporary Issues in Domestic Violence
  • 4420/7420 Studies in Gender, Culture, and Politics
  • 4600 Studies in Women and Health
  • 4640/7640 Studies in Gender and Performance: Black Women, Expressive Culture, and Negro Womanhood 1890-1935
  • 4750/7750 Women, Religion, and Culture
  • 4874/7874 Women’s and Gender Studies Abroad – Buenos Aires Program
  • 4940 Internship in Women’s and Gender Studies
  • 4965 Special Readings in Women’s and Gender Studies
  • 4990 Capstone: Senior Research Seminar in Women’s and Gender Studies
  • 8005 Topics: Emily Dickinson
  • 8020 Graduate Feminist Theory
  • 8060 New Directions in Feminist Theory
  • 8965 Problems in Women’s and Gender Studies


WGST 1005 – Topics in Women’s & Gender Studies
April Langley
TTh 12:30-1:45pm | Pershing C241

Semester theme: Early Black Women’s Spiritual Identity
This course introduces students to the political, cultural, and historical aspects of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century black women's spiritual identity, and they ways in which they defined "spirituality" and "religion." It does so by exploring the origins of black women's religious and other worldly voices and experiences, through readings in various genres of literature and orature from history, literary criticism and theory to spiritual autobiography, political treatise, speeches, sermons, memoirs, letters and journals. Thus, we read their works to consider the significant role that spirituality played in the development of their intersecting social, political, and religious worlds, and most importantly in early black women's literature. Thus, we use autobiographical writing, sermons, history, and literary criticism and theory to reflect on the extent to which black women articulated their progress and empowerment and simultaneously challenged class conflicts, as well as patriarchal and racial limitations and oppression in terms of their faith.

Satisfies Humanities General Education Requirement

Cross-Listed with Black Studies (BL_STU 1705.01) & English (ENGLSH 1160.02)

WGST 1120 - Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies (online)
Jes Philbrook
Arranged (Online Course: Mizzou Online/Off Campus)

This class is designed to help you learn to think critically and analytically about the various ways that gender is socially constructed and how its construction has both social and cultural importance. We will pay particular attention to how race, class, gender, sexuality, ability, and location structure the lived experiences that women face. In addition, we will delve into the ways in which these constructions and intersections shape women's lives. Another key area of this course's focus will be gender inequality. We will explore how women may endure similar struggles while engaging with the ways that differing social, political, economic, and cultural conditions create distinct differences among individuals.

As an interdisciplinary introduction to Women's and Gender Studies, in this class you will read and view a variety of texts: personal narratives, feminist theory, analytic essays, poems, stories, documentary films, TED lectures, and YouTube videos (to name a few). These texts will help you gain a comprehensive understanding of gender as a historical and socio-cultural construction, an introduction to concepts and issues emerging in the field of Women's and Gender Studies, and an understanding of contemporary debates taking place in feminist theory and scholarship.

As an online course, students' primary responsibilities each week will be to: read/view materials in the book (Women's Voices, Feminist Visions: Classic and Contemporary Readings, 5th edition) and online, participate in an online discussion board which focuses on the reading/viewing materials, take a reading quiz, and write personal blog posts. There will also be a midterm during week 7 and a final exam during week 15. You will be able to access all course materials online and in your textbook, and you will take all quizzes and exams on the course Blackboard site during a several-day window of opportunity to accommodate varied student locations and schedules. 

Satisfies Social Science General Education Requirement

WGST 1360 - The Female Experience: Body, Identity, Culture
MWF 3:00-3:50pm | Middlebush 309

This course examines the ways individuals come to understand what it means to be a woman in U.S. culture. We explore the diversity among women's experiences with special attention to the meanings of body image, sexuality, and race/ethnicity. The course also examines institutions in U.S. society that exert social control over women's bodies, especially the media, the legal system, and the medical professions.

Satisfies Behavioral Science General Education Requirement

Cross-listed with Sociology (SOCIOL 1360)

WGST 2010 - Gender and Identity: Understanding Intersectionality
Zakiya Adair
MW 12:00-1:15pm | A&S 310

This intermediate level course will explore the historical and contemporary dimensions of social inequality centered in gender, race, class and sexuality. Using an interdisciplinary lens and feminist analysis this course will analyze social, cultural, political and economic experiences of various individuals and communities. Additionally the course will explore feminist theories of intersectionality and power. Readings, lectures, films and discussions will focus on diverse structures of power and inequality and their relationship to constructions of patriarchy, capitalism, heterosexism, racism, nationality, and ability. Emphasis will be placed on the socially constructed definitions of various groups and how these definitions affect individual and group experiences.

Satisfies Social Science General Education Requirement

WGST 2020 – Feminist Theory
Julie Elman
MW 1:00-2:15pm | Hill 201

Feminist theory is a critical and activist interrogation of the relationships among identity, knowledge and power through sustained attention to issues of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, ability, and nation. This intersectional perspective argues that gender does not exist in isolation from these other identities and social divisions, rather, it shapes and is shaped by them. This course will explore feminist theories with an eye to the historical and intersectional roots of these evolving perspectives and diverse activisms that emerge from different variations of feminist inquiry. We will also account for the ways in which feminist theory necessarily overlaps with and is informed by other critical bodies of theory, such as queer theory, critical race theory, disability theory, science studies, and postcolonial theory. Finally, we will situate our inquiry around key concepts such as agency, identity, embodiment, difference, location, intersectionality, transnationalism and nationalism, representation, resistance, power and knowledge.

Satisfies Social Science General Education Requirement

WGST 2050 – Gender Perspectives: Issues in Public Health
Enid Schatz
MW 3:30 – 4:45pm | A&S 104

Addresses issues of gender and public health in the US and abroad. Considers how race, class, gender, sexuality, and geopolitical context may impact health. May focus on specific health issues. May be repeated for credit with different semester themes.

Satisfies Behavioral Science General Education Requirement

WGST 2250 - Perspectives on Gender, Race, Class and Sexuality in the Americas
Rebecca Martνnez
TTh 11:00am - 12:15pm | Pershing Dining Hall C241

Semester theme: Latinas in the U.S.
This course provides an introduction to the formation of Chicana and Latina identities in the U.S. We will take a feminist perspective as we explore the historical formation of these identities. In other words, we will take on gender as one of the central themes for understanding the social location of Chicana/Latinas. Chicana feminism has carved out a space for Chicanas and other women of color, a space where they can articulate their experiences at the intersection of race, class, gender, and sexuality, among other considerations. Some of the areas covered are: immigration, transnational identity, popular cultural, literary expression, body image, spirituality, racism/sexism, assimilation, acculturation, and activism. Note: This course is writing intensive.

Satisfies Behavioral Science General Education Requirement

WGST 2340 - Perspectives on Gender and Popular Culture
Stephanie Shonekan
MW 1:00pm - 2:15pm | Middlebush 304

Semester theme: Studies in Black Culture
This course will survey selected forms of black cultural expression from a range of U.S., Africa, and the African Diaspora cultures in various media including literature, music, film studies, as well as other related disciplines.

Satisfies Humanities General Education Requirement

Cross-listed with Black Studies Department (BL_STU 2715)

WGST 2340 Sec. 2 - Perspectives on Gender and Popular Culture (online)
Evelyn Rogers
Arranged (Online SP 9 Months)

Semester theme: Gender & Popular Culture
This online, themes-based course explores issues in popular culture in the 20th and 21st centuries with respect to feminism, gender, sexuality, race, class, and ability. Students keep a pop-culture journal to increase their awareness of how women are represented in television, movies, music, advertising, news media, women's magazines, popular literature, and social media. Some areas we will cover include: how portrayals of working women in entertainment media do or don't coincide with the reality of women in the labor force; representations of poverty and social class; sex in advertising; and the bias against women's genres ("chick lit" and "chick flicks.") Course texts include Feminism and Pop Culture by Andi Zeisler and Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. There are several required films, as well as recommended TV episodes, websites, news stories, songs, magazines and more.

Satisfies Humanities General Education Requirement

WGST 2960 - Sexual Health Advocacy and Service Learning
Heather Eastman-Mueller
TTh 2:00-3:15pm | Strickland Hall 307

The course will offer the student an opportunity to critically investigate sexuality, as it exists within a cultural context including religion, politics, gender analysis, social justice, familial, and societal influences. Through assigned readings, reflection, experiential activities, and small group presentations, students will increase their awareness of sexual health issues, enhance self awareness and learn how to effectively educate their peers surrounding issues of sexual health.

Satisfies Social Science General Education Requirement

WGST 3003 – Topics: Women, Work, & Childcare
Sara Gable
TTh 9:30-10:45am | Middlebush 210

As the U.S. settles into the 21st century, the lack of a national policy for childcare is felt by millions of families every day.  For decades, childcare in the U.S. has suffered from societal anxiety about maternal employment, a lack of common language and purpose, and a workforce beset by low expectations and low pay.  This seminar addresses these issues in detail and provides a critical analysis of the complex ecology of childcare from several different, yet inter-related perspectives.  In particular, gender and contemporary ideologies of the “good mother” are used to explain cultural reluctance to establish a professional childcare workforce.  These ideas are further complicated when race and class are introduced and applied to social expectations of mothers and the needs of young children.  Overall, the course takes a feminist perspective on a subject with enormous implications for the well being of individuals, families, and society.  Upon completing the course, students will have a thorough understanding of the ever-present ideological and emotional extremes that color policies and practices for working mothers and childcare in the U.S. 

Satisfies Social Science General Education Requirement

WGST 3080 – Sexuality Studies
Elisa Glick
TTh 11:00 – 12:15pm | Middlebush 309

"Sexuality Studies." Debates about the politics of sexuality have been at the forefront of contemporary efforts to rethink concepts of identity, desire, and embodiment. This course seeks to provide a theoretical and cultural context for such debates by investigating the complex and often contradictory relationship between sexuality and society. After tracing the historical emergence of the modern sexual self, we will survey contemporary theories of sexuality and sexual representations, particularly as they intersect with systems of race, class, and gender. Topics include sexuality and desire under capitalism; feminist theories of sexuality; queer theory; medicalization of sex; reproductive technology; racism and reproductive rights; same-sex marriage; AIDS and queer politics; global politics of sex work; gender performance; sexual politics of post feminism; the social construction of the body. Readings and other course materials range from theoretical and historical essays to literary texts, documentary films, and popular culture.

Satisfies Humanities General Education Requirement

Cross-listed with English (ENGLSH 3080)

WGST 3300 - Queer Theories/Identities
Wayne Brekhus
TTh 2:00 – 3:15pm | Strickland 105

Queer theories have become increasingly influential in the behavioral sciences, social sciences and humanities. Like feminist and critical race theories, queer theories have begun to enter the canon and to become essential literacies within several disciplines, including sociology. Similarly lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) identities and standpoints have become increasingly important to the discipline of sociology. In this course we examine the development of queer theories, discuss the controversies and debates within and about these theories, and analyze identity issues related to the broad rubric of social categories related to queer theories and identities. The first section of this course outlines trends in gender and queer analyses, paying particular attention to queer theoretical challenges to essentialist identities and categories. After examining queer theoretical traditions related to gender presentation and transgender and exploring institutionalized heterosexuality and the policing of gender, we then examine empirical works on gay male, lesbian, bisexual, and queer identities. These empirical works are either central to, informed by, or present complications and challenges to queer theoretical traditions.

Satisfies Behavioral Science General Education Requirement

Cross-listed with Sociology (SOCIOL 3300)

WGST 3320 - Sociology of Gender
TTh 11:00am-12:15pm | Strickland 105

Study of the ways in which femininities and masculinities are constructed in American society with particular attention to gender ideologies and the gendered nature of the social structure. Prerequisite: Sociology 1000, 1360, or equivalent. WGST 1120 is considered an equivalent.

Satisfies Behavioral Science General Education Requirement

Cross-listed with Sociology (SOCIOL 3320)

WGST 3370 - Themes in Gender and Religion
Nazak Birjandifar
TTh 9:30 – 10:45am | Switzer 101

Much of the negative image of Islam in the West centers on the perceived role of Muslim women in Islamic societies. The perception of Muslim women as “oppressed” or “marginalized” has led to a multifaceted and complex discourse among both Muslim and Western intellectuals over the status and representation of Muslim women within and without Islamic societies. This course will expose students to the scholarship on women in Islam in several fields, including Islamic studies, history, anthropology, and literature.

The course will begin by exploring the references to Muslim women in Islamic religious texts. Next, the historical status of women in pre-modern Islamic societies will be explored through topics such as Islamic law, political and economic activities, family, education, gender relations, and concepts of masculinity and femininity. These topics will be explored further as they relate to contemporary Muslim women inside and outside Islamic societies. In order to better understand the diversity among Islamic societies, the course will include studies of Muslim women within different cultural contexts. Finally, the course will cover the involvement of Muslim women in various modern socio-political movements, i.e., the post-colonial, radical Islamic, feminist, and nationalist movements.

Satisfies Behavioral Science General Education Requirement

WGST 3850 - Themes in Gender and the Politics of Representation
Julie Elman
MW 10:00 – 11:15am | Middlebush 304

Semester theme: Disability & Sexuality in American Culture
How do we define a "normal" body?  A healthy body?  How do we define abnormal or unhealthy bodies? How can disability studies expand limiting ideas about what types of bodies, minds, or behaviors are sexy, desirable, or pleasurable? This course will examine disability as it is culturally constructed, experienced, and represented by analyzing the complicated cultural significance of embodiment and its relationship to sexuality and pleasure. We will examine major strands of disability theory, relating them to and understanding them through disability history, lived experience, activist movements, and cultural production. Although medical institutions have constructed disability and disease through ideas of cure and rehabilitation, we will analyze cultural meanings of disability and ability in mainstream and independent film, television, memoir, popular literature, and stand-up comedy. Through the lenses of queer, disability, and feminist theory, we will not only interrogate the issue of sexuality in the lives of people with disabilities, but also we will think critically about the role of disability and able-bodiedness in constructing norms of gender and sexuality. Students will perform cultural critique using the tools of disability and queer studies to analyze the cultural construction of "healthy" and "unhealthy" bodies, normal/abnormal bodies, dis/ability, sexuality, and mental capacity.

Satisfies Social Science General Education Requirement

WGST 3960 - Strategies for Effective Peer Education
Heather Eastman-Mueller
M 3:00-4:00pm | Middlebush 210

This course adopts the "students helping students" model of learning. Through education, experiential practice, skill building and reflection, students will improve their understanding of their own learning preferences as well as how to develop and conduct effective presentations. Emphasis will be placed on adapting the content to various topics target audiences, building a safe space for learning, and managing disruptive behavior in a classroom setting. This course is the second part of a two-part series that trains qualified students to assist their peers in effectively managing and negotiating health decisions as they matriculate through their academic career.

Satisfies Social Science General Education Requirement

WGST 4001/7001 – Topics: Social Perspectives on Gender & Emotion
Tola Pearce
TTh 11:00 – 12:15pm | William Stringer Wing 145

Examines emerging theories of affect and emotions, the social context of emotions and the implications of these in a number of areas, including health work, religion, gender and race. Particular emphasis will be placed on feminist contributions to this developing line of inquiry.

WGST 4005/7005 – Writing Human Rights
Rebecca Dingo
TTh 9:30 – 10:45am | A&S 311

Although the Declaration of Human Rights was ratified post-World War II, the US public has seen a recent resurgence in the circulation of human rights stories such as Malala Yousafzi’s plight for girls’ education in parts of Pakistan, the KONY 2012 social media campaign, and even TOMS Shoes one-for-one consumer program. This circulation has sparked conversation about and activism against human rights abuses in the general US public. This course seeks to read stories of human rights abuses (found in social media, documentary films, novels, short-stories, non-fiction) through the lens of writing criticism and rhetoric (i.e. considering the arguments that each story makes and why they make them) and against the legal documents that define and guide our understanding of human rights.  Some questions that will steer us include:

  1. What and who defines a human rights abuses or crises?
  2. Why do some crises/abuses capture the imagination of the public and others fall flat?
  3. What is the role of the filmmaker/activist and audience in the circulation and uptake of these stories?

Students in this class will read and watch a range of texts such as The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and its offshoots (e.g. Declaration of the Rights of the Child, Declaration of Indigenous People, and Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women), KONY 2012, Girl Rising, Half the Sky, Blood in the Mobile, Life and Debt, Girl Model, Food Inc., I Am Malala, and What is the What (to name a few possibilities).  There will be one major assignment for the class: students will choose one human rights abuse or crisis that interests them and research how, why, and when the story is told (or not told).  The assignment will be composed of several parts due throughout the semester and then culminating into a final project.  The final project maybe creative (a film, a piece of literature or non-fiction, etc.), a traditional research paper, a series of newspaper or magazine essays or photo-essays, or something the student chooses with the professor’s guidance.  

Cross listed with English (ENGLSH 4045/7045) & Peace Studies (PEA_ST 4005)

WGST 4020/7020 - Studies in Feminist Thought: Intersectionality
Mary Jo Neitz
W 3:00-5:30pm | Strickland 324

This course examines intersectionality as a paradigmatic perspective in feminist thought, and as a tool for research.  Intersectional perspectives emerged in the 1980s as feminist scholars sought to theorize difference. In this course we read core works of Black Feminist Thought on how race and class and gender work together to produce a matrix of oppression.  We then follow with readings from scholars who speak to multiple axes of difference as part of an intersectional analysis, including, sexuality, region, religion, and nation.  Finally we look at recent critiques and extensions.   A second theme of the course is to look at practical applications of the intersectional perspective in the empirical work of feminist scholars.  We explore specific recent exemplars to see how feminist scholars are doing intersectional analyses today. 

Undergraduates: Satisfies Social Science General Education Requirement

WGST 4230/7230 – Women, Development, & Globalization
Tola Pearce
TTh 2:00 – 3:15pm | A&S 114

Examines the history and structure of "development" discourse and practices. Stresses the interconnections and impact on women globally. Reviews women's strategies in defining and instituting programs to improve quality of life in communities.

Satisfies Behavioral Science General Education Requirement

Cross-listed with Sociology (SOCIOL 4230/7230) & Black Studies (BL_ST 4230/7230)

WGST 4400/7400 - Contemporary Issues in Domestic Violence
Jennifer Carter Dochler
M 6:00-8:50pm | Middlebush 212

This course covers the history of the violence against women movement, domestic violence theories, policy issues, prevention and intervention practice models for working with victims of intimate partner violence, their children, and abusers. Contemporary issues such as current laws, trauma-informed care, universal screening, voluntary services, and coordinated community approaches will be examined.

Undergraduates: Elective Course: No General Education Credit

Graduates: MA degree plan only: Does not count towards PhD

Cross-listed with Social Work (SOC_WK 4400/7400)

WGST 4420/7420 – Studies in Gender, Culture, & Politics
Rebecca Martinez
TTh 3:00 – 4:15pm | Strickland 117

WGST 4600 – Studies in Women and Health
Srirupa Prassad
MW 1:00 – 2:15pm | Switzer 101

WGST 4640/7640 – Studies in Gender and Performance
Zakiya Adair
MW 3:00 – 4:15pm | A&S 103A

Semester theme: Black Women, Expressive Culture and Negro Womanhood 1890-1935
This mixed undergraduate/graduate level course will trace black American women’s migration from the mid west and southern regions of the United States to the northeast. With specific focus on black American women who worked as performers in theatre and dinner cafes during the late 19th and early 20th century this course will highlight the unique gendered experiences of black American women working in the emerging urban arts industry. Additionally this course will demonstrate how black women who were performers in early black expressive culture negotiated new Negro Womanhood and the politics of respectability. In addition to core textbooks, primary sources such as; playbills, newspapers, census records and magazines will be used to evidence black American women’s varied experiences in expressive culture.

Undergraduate: Satisfies Humanities General Education Requirement

WGST 4750/7750 – Women, Religion, & Culture
Rabia Gregory
TTh 2:00 – 3:15pm | A&S 301

An advanced study of the role of women in religion, focusing on the methods of determining the significance of gender in religious life, sacred texts, symbols, rituals and/or beliefs. Traditions studied include Christianity, Islam, contemporary pagan communities, and Native American traditions. 

Satisfies Humanities General Education Requirement

Cross-listed with Religious Studies (REL_ST 4750/7750)

WGST 4874/7874 - Women's and Gender Studies Abroad - Social Science
Carolina Escudero
Time and Location arranged

Buenos Aires: Gender Perspectives in the South American Media
This course is a portion of the Missouri School of Journalism Argentina Internship Program in Buenos Aires. It is designed to provide students knowledge about the mass media and gender issues in Argentina and South America. It is divided into eight units and it serves as an introductory module to the study of gender perspectives and media in the region. We will examine the gender perspectives in media as social and cultural systems. The course will introduce students to basic concepts such as gender, sex, sexuality, and gender socialization in the region. The seminar will then go on to examine how gender concepts and behaviors shape and are shaped by larger social institutions including class divisions, ethnicity, media, advertising, economic systems, health, organizations and governments.

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Undergraduates: Satisfies Social Science General Education Requirement

WGST 4940 - Internship in Women's and Gender Studies
Contact Joan Hermsen

Directed professional experience in appropriate feminist related agency or organization. Prerequisite: junior standing; departmental consent. Graded on S/U basis only.

Elective Course: No General Education Credit

WGST 4965 - Special Readings in Women's and Gender Studies
Contact Mary Jo Neitz

Directed independent readings for 1-3 credit hours in Women's and Gender Studies for highly qualified and motivated students. Topic selected in consultation with supervisory faculty member. Repeatable up to 6 hours. Consent of department required.

Elective Course: No General Education Credit

WGST 4990 – Capstone: Senior Research Seminar in Women’s & Gender Studies
Contact Mary Jo Neitz
T 3:00 – 5:30pm | Strickland 115

Seminar for senior students earning interdisciplinary B.A. with emphasis in WGST. Students will reflect on the knowledge and experience gained as WGST majors.  We will think collectively and individually about how to take that knowledge and experience out in the "real world.  This course is divided into three sections.  In the first section we review disciplinary debates within Women’s and Gender Studies.  We also reflect on the mission of WGST within the academy, examining the arguments of supporters and detractors. In the second section of the course, we look at connections between feminism and other movements for social change in twentieth century United States.  In the third section we share our own visions of feminist action in the world, and students present capstone projects to the class.

WGST 8005 – Topics: Emily Dickinson
Alexandra Socarides
Th 12:30 – 3:00pm | Tate 310

In this seminar we will study the poems of Emily Dickinson from a variety of angles, at each turn asking how they were constructed by Dickinson herself, by nineteenth-century culture, by her later editors, and by the history of criticism. This seminar will move (at times jarringly and dramatically) between issues of content and form at the most local level (that of the poem’s words and punctuation) to the larger theoretical questions concerning print culture, gender and sexuality, lyric media, and textual/editorial practices that a close engagement with Dickinson’s work necessarily raises. Students will write weekly response papers on individual poems and a final seminar paper. No prior knowledge of Dickinson or nineteenth-century American poetry is required.

Cross-listed with English (ENGLSH 8310)

WGST 8020  – Graduate Feminist Theory
Rebecca Dingo
Th 12:00 – 3:00pm | Strickland 326G

This course will explore the texts and contexts of feminist theories including women of color socialist/Marxist feminism, queer theory, postmodern feminism, and feminist postcolonial theory.

WGST 8060  – New Directions in Feminist Theory: Queer Theory
Elisa Glick
Th 3:00 – 5:30pm | A&S 102

This seminar aims to disrupt, rather than construct, the notion of a queer theoretical canon.  Rather than fixing queer theory into a singular field of inquiry, this course presents various--and sometimes opposing--arguments in order to examine the multiplicity of queer critique across discourses and disciplines. We will study some of the most influential texts and current trends in queer studies, but my objective is neither to offer a comprehensive analysis of "the field" nor to survey its greatest hits. Focusing in particular on the relationship between feminist and queer theories and politics, we will address various LGBTQ debates with an eye toward exploring intersections of gender, race, ethnicity, nation, class, ability, and sexuality.  Together, I hope that we will push the boundaries of queer theory and possibly expand the notion of queer thinking for the future.  Possible topics may include:  queer of color critique, homo/heteronormativity, queer diasporas and migration, global capitalism, queer spectatorship, transgender embodiment, queer affect and feeling, feminist and lesbian feminist critiques, queer pasts/futures, nonnormative sexualities, and queer materialisms.

WGST 8965 - Problems in Women's and Gender Studies
Contact Mary Jo Neitz

Directed individual study on selected topics for qualified graduate students. Plan of study subject to approval by supervising faculty. Consent of department required.


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