Folklore | Women's Bodies Women's Selves
F363 | 28051 | Kousaleos

This course focuses on the embodied cultural experiences and
expressions of women as viewed from an ethnographic perspective.  It
is the goal of this course to explore  women’s cultural experience
(mainly in the U.S. and West Africa), by focusing on the ways  women
transform their experiences and make meaning in their lives through
art, ritual, performance, narrative and other expressive forms.
This course also seeks to examine the gender systems in various
cultural contexts that influence and shape (and sometimes
constrain), the way that individual women make meaning.   We will be
looking in depth at some of our own gender systems and the
institutions through which these are spread, in order to explore
some of the ways our cultural constructions of gender affect the way
we experience being women living inside particular bodies.   Some of
the readings we will be doing will be theoretical while the bulk of
the material will come from the field experiences and writings of
various women ethnographers and women artists.  Coursework for the
class includes several mini-papers, a journal, and a in-depth
fieldwork project.