Gender Studies | History of Feminist Thought & Practice
G290 | 23279 | Maher, J

This course will explore the roots of feminist theory, beginning
with the work of Mary Wollstonecraft and extending to feminist
theory today. Course work and reading will focus on how the
various "brands" of feminism evolved (for example, liberal, radical,
socialist, and Marxist feminisms). In addition, we will explore
those historical and environmental factors which both shaped and
influenced feminist ideas over the past two centuries. The central
issues and concerns of feminists from specific eras will be
explored. Although the Anglo-American experience will be the focus
of this course, feminist theoretical contributions on the
intersection of gender, race, class and sexuality will be
incorporated. This is an opportunity to explore some of the most
famous (and some not so well-known) feminist theorists of the past
and present, including Mary Wollstonecraft, Virginia Woolf, Simone
de Beauvoir, bell hooks, Shulamith Firestone and Germaine Greer.