Perspectives on Motherhood|
Spring 2010 not offered
Motherhood is a central experience in many women's lives, but its meaning varies widely in different social contexts and has changed dramatically over time. This seminar will examine motherhood as individual experience, cultural construction, public policy, and political force. Focusing on the United States from the 18th century to the present, we will explore changes in pregnancy and birth, ideas about rearing children, combining work and child care, and the political meanings of motherhood. Readings will include historical documents, literature, and scholarship providing historical, anthropological, and feminist perspectives on motherhood.
This course will require writing assignments and will enhance students' skills of interpreting documents.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(FGSS)(SISP-FGSS Conc)
Golden, Janet. MOTHERS AND MOTHERHOOD: READINGS IN AMERICAN HISTORY
Jetter, Alexis, et al. THE POLITICS OF MOTHERHOOD
Crittenden, Ann. THE PRICE OF MOTHERHOOD
Scheper-Hughes, Nancy. DEATH WITHOUT WEEPING
Leavitt, Judith. BROUGHT TO BED: CHILDBEARING IN AMERICA, 1750-1950
Perkins Gilman, Charlotte. HERLAND
Solinger, Ricky. WAKE UP, LITTLE SUSIE: SINGLE PREGNANCY AND RACE BEFORE ROE V. WADE
|Examination and Assignments: |
Regular readings responses; two short papers; ten-page final essay.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
More readings to be announced at the beginning of semester.