Honors attachment to Women’s Studies Capstone -- 91A

Spring 2003 (Tentative syllabus)

Sibelan Forrester
Kohlberg 340
(610-328-) 8162
fax 610-328-7769
home 610-328-3642 (before 9 p.m. please!)

Women's Studies and Gender Studies as emerging and sometimes polemical fields have questioned, reshaped, and energized academic theory as well as practice. In many cases scholars and activists have motivated progress in awareness and understanding by interrogating the assumptions or status quo of the "First World" (North America, Western Europe, and other limited regions selected according to certain political, economic or cultural criteria) from the point of view of the "Third World," regions and populations with a distinct set of historical and cultural experiences often involving colonization. This Honors attachment will address the questions: what has happened to the "Second World," the formerly socialist "Bloc" of Russia and Eastern Europe, both in the context of this disciplinary evolution and in the ten or so years since the great political changes associated with the fall of the socialist systems? How are the commonplaces of feminist theory and criticism or praxis challenged by this different region, this dismembered empire, which now includes both former colonies and former colonizer?

This course is designed both to provide an overview of "the state of the field," and to give you the chance to compile a bibliography tailored to your specific interests, working in consultation with me and with one another.

Week 1: Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies in Russia and Eastern Europe, the relationship of theory to the rest of the field

Week 2: Barbara Evans Clements, Bolshevik Feminist: The Life of Aleksandra Kollontai -- at Bryn Mawr, HQ1662.K6 C55
Slavenka Drakulic, How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed -- Tripod says “Gen. Res.,” HX365.5.A6 D73 1993

Week 3: Chester and Forrester, “Introduction” to Engendering Slavic Literatures -- PG504.5 .E54 1996
Costlow, Sandler and Vowles, “Introduction” to Sexuality and the Body in Russian Culture -- HQ18.R9 S49 1993
Helena Goscilo, Dehexing Sex: Russian Womanhood During and After Glasnost -- PG3026.W6 G67 1996

Week 4: Laurie Essig, Queer in Russia: A Story of Sex, Self and the Other -- HQ76.3.R8 E85 1999
David Tuller, Cracks in the Iron Closet: Travels in Gay and Lesbian Russia -- HQ76.3.R8 T85 1996
Eliot Borenstein, Men without Women: Masculinity & Revolution in Russian Fiction, 1917-1929 -- PG3096.M45 B67 2000

Week 5: Lynne Attwood, The New Soviet Man and Woman: Sex-Role Socialization in the USSR -- HQ1075.5.S65 A88 1990 (There are lots of other good-sounding things by Lynne Attwood in Tripod!)
Ann Hibner Koblitz, “Science, Women, and the Russian Intelligentsia: The Generation of the l860s,” in Sally Gregory Kohlstedt, ed., History of Women in the Sciences: Readings from Isis -- at Bryn Mawr and Haverford, Q130 .H58 1999

Week 6: Tatyana Mamonova, ed., Women and Russia: Feminist Writings from the Soviet Union -- HQ1663 .W63 1984
Tatyana Mamonova, ed., Russian Women's Studies: Essays on Sexism in Soviet Culture -- HQ1662 .M34 1989
Dubravka Ugresic, The Culture of Lies -- DR1601 .U3713 1998

Week 7: Meet to discuss your bibliography, gather suggestions for sources.

Weeks 8-14: Working on bibliography, meeting individually with instructor. We’ll meet one last time during week 13 or 14 to present your projects.

Website for the Women's Studies Capstone, WMST 91.

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