Communication and Culture | Topics in Performance and Culture (Topic: Voices of Women)
C414 | 8108 | Stoeltje, B.

MW, 2:30 PM-3:45 PM, SB 150

Meets with ANTH-E 314 and FOLK-F 363

Fulfills College A&H Requirement

Instructor: Beverly Stoeltje
Office: SB 130
Phone: 855-8014

This class approaches the study of women ethnographically and cross
culturally.  It emphasizes women’s experience, images of women, and
major influences on those experiences and images.  Women’s
experience and images of women will be viewed through documents,
ethnographies, and through women’s own voices (in writing,
interviews, and film).  Emphasis will be placed on the social and
cultural contexts in which every woman lived or lives.  Influences
include  the 16thc.  and 17th c. witch hunts, the Suffrage movement
in the U.S., and popular fairy tales (in print and film).   We
explore works on these topics from several perspectives.   We will
also read some ethnographic studies that feature women in specific
societies in Africa.  We will utilize the work of the African-
American scholar/writer, Zora Neale Hurston, both her
autobiographical statements and some of her short fiction.  We will
read some poetry of Hebrew women, some ballads of or about Scottish
women, some  murdered girl ballads of the U.S., and some Dixie
Chicks ballads.

Students will work in groups to research specific topics,
individuals will write a contemporary fairy tale, and individuals
will conduct interviews with a specific woman whom they know about
her experiences.  There will be several short exams over the
readings throughout the semester, but no final as the projects will
take the place of a final.

Texts will include, but will not be limited to the following: Zora
Neale Hurston, I Love Myself When I am Laughing, Romero, Life
Histories of African Women, Tatar, The Classic Fairy Tales, Angela
Carter, The Bloody Chamber. Readings from Barbara Ehrenreich,
Dorothy Scarborough, Sandra Cisneros.