AMCULT 341 - Feminist Thought
Section: 101
Term: SP 2009
Subject: American Culture (AMCULT)
Department: LSA American Culture
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Advisory Prerequisites:
AMCULT 240 or WOMENSTD 240, and one additional WOMENSTD course.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

What is feminism? What is theory? Beginning with these questions, this course will focus on both U.S. feminist thought and its transnational intersections, largely in the second half of the twentieth century and beyond—the periods known as the "second" and "third" waves of feminism. We will explore the social construction of gender and ideologies of gender as experienced in conjunction with race, class, sexuality, nation, and other categories. Furthermore, we will read feminist theories within the historical contexts and intellectual traditions of their production and dissemination, charting why feminist theory emerged, how it has been critiqued, how it has evolved, and why it matters. Some of the central questions we will ask are: What is a woman? What is gender? What is the connection between feminist theory and lived gendered experience? How does theory influence feminist practice and activism? How do feminist theoretical frameworks address, accommodate, or ignore differences among women and the experiences of women worldwide? How does feminist theory look different when produced in different social and global locations? Is theory useful for feminism—and what is its value?

AMCULT 341 - Feminist Thought
Schedule Listing
101 (SEM)
MWTh 3:00PM - 5:00PM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.

Books should be available new and used both in local bookstores and online. 
bell hooks' Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center will be the first book of the term. After that we will read Feminist Thought: A More Comprehensive Introduction and The Second Wave in conjunction with one another. 
Finally we will read Borderlands, Unbearable Weight, and Black Feminist Thought. We will not be reading the entire books, but we will be reading much of them. It is worth it to purchase the books if you can--these are widely taught books, so you should be able to re-sell them.  
If you are unable to afford all the books for the course, please contact me near the beginning of the semester and I can make arrangements for you to either borrow books or to make photocopies of the sections we are reading. Don't be shy--I'm happy to help if you have any trouble acquiring the texts. Just be sure to talk to me in advance so you don't fall behind on the reading!
ISBN: 0813343755
Feminist thought : a more comprehensive introduction, Author: Rosemarie Tong., Publisher: Westview Press 3rd ed. 2009
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0896086135
Feminist theory : from margin to center, Author: Bell Hooks., Publisher: South End Press 2nd ed. 2000
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0415917603
The second wave a reader in feminist theory, Author: ed. by Linda Nicholson, Publisher: Routledge 1997
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 1879960745
Borderlands : the new mestiza = La frontera, Author: Gloria Anzaldua., Publisher: Aunt Lute Books 3rd ed. 2007
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0520240545
Unbearable weight feminism, Western culture, and the body, Author: Susan Bordo, Publisher: Univ. of California Press 10th anniv 2005
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0415964725
Black feminist thought : knowledge, consciousness, and the politics of empowerment, Author: Patricia Hill Collins., Publisher: Routledge 2008
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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