Anthropology | Voices of Women
E314 | 11536 | Stoeltje
This class approaches the study of women ethnographically and cross
culturally. The emphasis will rest on women’s experience, the major
influences on those experiences, and women’s expression of their
experience in writing, speaking, organizing, or through film and art.
Utiizing the concept of gender as the means of constructing female
roles, as well as male, in every society, the course will identify
specific influences affecting women in specific cultures and eras.
Examples of influences include the 16th c. and 17th c. witch hunts,
the U. S. Suffrage movement, colonialism, legal systems, the U.N.
Decade of Women, folklore and popular culture. Prominently featured
will be women in the U.S. and in specific African societies, but
others will be included as well. We will read works by the
African-American scholar/writer, Zora Neale Hurston, the British
writer, Angela Carter, the Ghanaian writer, Ama Ata Aidoo. Films
will focus on specific women who have played a significant role in a
historical period or who have a position of prominence in today’s world.
There will be 2 exams (mid-term and final), and two major papers: one
on gender roles in a specific society and one an interview with a
specific woman. Other short papers will include a fairy tale and a
short paper on an interview.