WOMENSTD 253 - Special Topics
Section: 001 How Does Feminism Change History
Term: WN 2010
Subject: Women's Studies (WOMENSTD)
Department: LSA Women's Studies
Credit Exclusions:
A maximum of seven credits of WOMENSTD 252 and 253 may be counted toward graduation.
Waitlist Capacity:
May be repeated for a maximum of 7 credit(s).
Primary Instructor:

Have these questions come to your mind? Why is history predominantly about men? Why are some stories and people written into history while others are not? What kind of historians can change the history books we read? A lot of scholars have tried to use their works to answer these questions. Since the 1970s, as a result and part of the vast social and political changes in the U.S. and around the world, women’s studies has flourished as a field of critical studies and produced a great amount of excellent scholarship. Such scholarship has enabled us to rethink our past, how we remember and write about the past, and how a critical view of the past helps us understand the present and imagine the future. In this course, you will have the opportunity to read some of the best-known feminist works, scholarship on women and gender produced in different fields such as literature, cultural studies and history, and some interesting historical source material. We will discuss how feminists have challenged many assumptions about history and the writing of history; we will look at how women’s and gender history has contributed to feminist theorizing; we will also explore how feminism has deepened our understanding of the histories of race, class, nationalism, colonialism and imperialism, which transcends geographical boundaries.

WOMENSTD 253 - Special Topics
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
002 (SEM)
W 4:00PM - 7:00PM
Note: Meets with Econ 195-001
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Most of our readings will be posted on course ctools site. 
We do have several required textbooks. I have placed orders through university bookstores. 
1. Malek Alloula, The Colonial Harem. 
2. Dorothy Ko, Every Step a Lotus: Shoes for Bound Feet. 
3. Deborah White, Telling Histories: Black Women Historians in the Ivory Tower 
4. Judith Bennett, History Matters: Patriarchy and the Challenge of Feminism 
Please note that because I have recently revised the syllabus, the books appearing on the bookstore order list might look different now. But that will be updated before class begins.
ISBN: 9780812239461
History matters : patriarchy and the challenge of feminism, Author: Bennett, Judith M., Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press 2006
ISBN: 0807832014
Telling histories : Black women historians in the ivory tower, Publisher: University of North Carolina Press 2008
ISBN: 0816613842
The Colonial Harem, Author: Alloula, Malek, Publisher: The University of Minnesota Press 1986
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780520232839
Every step a lotus : shoes for bound feet, Author: Ko, Dorothy, 1957-, Publisher: University of California Press 2001
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