Professor Cynthia Freeland
Unit I Outline
[All readings in Women and Values, ed. Pearsall]
Flax,"Women Do Theory," pp. 3-7; or
Lugones and Spelman, "Have We Got a Theory for You!" pp. 18-29
Read both articles. Then write a short (one-page) reflection paper on what is meant by "theory" in one of these articles.
If your student number ends in 0-5, write on Flax.
If your student number ends in 6-9, write on Lugones and Spelman.
Use the assignment sheet as a guide to writing your reflection paper. These will be the basis for assigned small group discussions and class reports.
Hooks, "Black Women: Shaping Feminist Theory," pp. 165-73.
Write a short (one-page) reflection paper asking two questions about Bartky's article. Make one question a question of clarification: What does she mean or what is she talking about in a passage that you find confusing? Make the second question a more substantial one: Is she right in a certain passage, or, Is her argument a convincing one? Try to expand each of your questions into a short paragraph. This paper will be the basis for class discussion on September 11. If you wish, relate this paper to the discussion of Pocohantas .*
* Prof. Freeland will moderate a Women's Studies Panel Discussion, "POCAHANTAS: History v. Hollywood," with panelists Professor Steve Mintz (History) and Professor Beth Olson (RTV), Brown Room, 5th Floor Library, 1:30 p.m. Friday Sept 1. Students are urged to attend if possible; it should be fun and informative.
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