Folklore | Women's Bodies, Women's Selves
F363 | 21428 | 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.