GNDR 201

Introduction to Gender and Feminist Studies

This course serves as an introduction to Gender and Feminist Studies. It deals with definitions of gender and its relation -- historical, present and intellectual -- to feminism. Its particular focus is on recovery (documenting and illuminating the lives and struggles of those who have been under-represented because they did not fit the gender norm) and analysis of gender on the individual and global levels. The course examines a series of issues from a variety of gendered perspectives. The plural in the last word is crucial: Gender Studies is a rich and invigorating field, but there is no one gendered perspective. In this class students listen and participate in the continuing debates amongst scholars and practitioners, activists and individuals about the shifting meanings of terms, identities, ideas.