Folklore | Voices of Women
F363 | 11870 | B. 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.
Texts to be announced
Fulfills COLL A&H, CSA