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Planning, Part II

Anne Dalke's picture

since in class on Thursday we'll need to construct a shared syllabus that allows us to go on exploring critical feminist studies in ways that will continue to interest us all. I'm seeing below several postings that list multiple, multiple possibilities--for which yeah!...

...and want also to nudge us all to shape such lists into ordered, organized forms that recognize that there are 22 of us to be satisfied in this process. So, for example, trying to organize the various desires I heard expressed today, moving from the problematics of gender identities, through various sexualities, to the experiences of women, discriminated against as women (and discriminating "as" mothers!) around the globe, might give us

Mar 27-29: Kate Bornstein, My Gender Workbook (to begin--
again--by asking us to interrogate our own gender identities)
Apr. 3-5: Judith/Jack Halberstam, In a Queer Time and Place:Transgender Bodies, Subcultural Lives
[on Tues, Mar. 13, Halberstam, an English prof @ USC, will lecture here on
"Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender and the end of Normal"]
Apr. 10-12: Live Nude Girls Unite! (film) and The Sex Workers Project (website)
Apr. 17-19: Pink Box: Inside Japan's Sex Clubs (photojournalism) and
Kamala Kempadoo, "Women of Color and the Global Sex Trade"
(Apr. 20: web event due)
T, Apr. 24: Dai Sijie, Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (film, made of semi-autobio novel)
Amy Chua, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother


Amophrast's picture

I am also happy with most of

I am also happy with most of the proposals, and I guess I wouldn't necessarily pick one over the other? I like aybala50's proposal because it has a distinct lesson plan/structure so that's why I'm inclined toward it. *shrug* I feel like whatever happens I will be happy with the rest of the semester.

colleenaryanne's picture

I like the flow of the lesson

I like the flow of the lesson plan here, would possibly suggest that we include more literature/fiction in the curriculum instead of so many movies/biographies? I love the idea of using Halberstam's work, since they're coming to Bryn Mawr.  I agree with aybala50 that it would be great if we brought it back to Bryn Mawr and explore whether we are a "feminist" insitution, or look at feminism in this environment (the bi-co).  I also agree with bluebox in that I'd like to potentially explore modern feminism and its presence in the media, with perhaps a focus on youth and young adults. 

bluebox's picture

My favorite proposal is

My favorite proposal is aybala50's because it covers the major things I wanted to study (though I was in that group so I helped choose what to study.) But, I would also like to investigate some pop culture and modern things, including Twilight.  I also am interested in other media, like movies and graphic novels and webcomics (such as khaos comix). I really like the idea of talking about feminism at Bryn Mawr for the last day.  I think Anne mentioned something about putting theory into practice, like a way to use feminism in the real world that sounded interesting. There's a lot that everybody wants to cover, so I hope we don't leave too much out. If I had to choose one, I would vote for aybala50's proposal.

aybala50's picture

Final Decisions on the rest of the semester

I've looked through all of the proposals and have realized that I am happy with most of the proposals. As someone who has not taken a lot of courses on feminism, I am happy to expand my knowledge through any of the options. Ideally, however, I would love to see some more fiction. Ideally I would love to also study feminist who are not women, maybe we could somehow combine this with the study of queer/LGBTQ/men etc.? I may be a bit biased, but I would love to end the semester by bringing the topic back home and look at feminism at women's colleges. Are we a feminist institution?