Syllabus & Readings

Ecofeminism Syllabus 8.31.10

Course Readings by Week

THEORY AND GROUNDWORK

Week One: Introduction to Ecofeminism

Tuesday August 31st

  • Mies & Shiva, Ecofeminism

In class reflection: What prejudices/presumptions have guided perceptions of your body? Of gender? Nature?

Friday September 3rd

  • Gaard, Greta. 1998. Pp. 11-52 in Ecological Politics: Ecofeminists and the Greens, Philadelphia: Temple University Press.   (Study the Ecofeminist Map)
  • Epstein, Barbara. 1993. Ecofeminism and Grass-roots Environmentalism in the United States, pp. 144-152 in Hofrichter, Richard (ed.). Toxic struggles: the theory and practice of environmental justice. Philadelphia: New Society Publishers.
  • Alvin Y. Wang, “Gender and Nature:  A Psychological Analysis of Ecofeminist Theory” (Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 1999, vol. 29, issue 11, pp 2410-2424).
  • Rosemary Radford Ruether, “Ecofeminism:  Symbolic & Social Connections…” (from Ecofeminism and the Sacred edited by Carol J. Adams; New York:  Continuum, 1993)

Week Two: Grounding Ecofeminism:  Biology, Nature, and the Body

Tuesday September 7th

WRITING DUE: ECOFEMINISM UNPACKED BLOG (online by class time)

  • Plumwood, Val.  1993. Feminism and Ecofeminism.  Pp 19-40. From Feminism and the Mastery of Nature. New York: Routledge.
  • Fausto-Sterling, Anne.  “Dueling Dualisms” from Sexing the Body (New York:  Basic Books, 2000)
  • Serano, Julia.  “Boygasms and Girlgasms” from Whipping Girl (Seal Press, 2007).

Friday September 10th

  • Gruen, L. (1993). Dismantling oppression: An analysis of the connection between women and animals. In G. Gaard (Ed.), Ecofeminisrn: Women, animals, nature (pp. 60-90). Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press.
  • Somerville, Siobhan.  “Introduction” and “Scientific Racism” from Queering the Color Line (Duke University Press, 2000).

Week Three:  Our Home: Women Speak for/with the Land

Tuesday September 14

  • Plant, Judith, 1990, Revaluing Home: Feminism and Bioregionalism, Pp. 21-23 in Andruss, V., Plant, C., Plant, J. & Wright, E. Home! A bioregional reader. Philadelphia: New Society Publishers.
  • Forsey, Helen, 1990, Community: Meeting Our Deepest Needs, pp. 83-85 in Andruss, V., Plant, C., Plant, J. & Wright, E., Home! A bioregional reader. Philadelphia: New Society Publishers.
  • Conon, William.  The Trouble With Wilderness. http://www.williamcronon.net/writing/Trouble_with_Wilderness_Main.html

Living is Breathing is Being Exercise

Friday, September 17

  • Andrea Smith, “Rape of the Land” (from Conquest)
  • Sturgeon, N. (1997). The nature of race: Discourses of racial difference in ecofeminism. In K. J. Warren (Ed.), Ecofeminism: Women. culture. nature (pp. 260-278). Bloomington, M: Indiana University Press.
  • Hill Collins, Patricia.  “The Sexual Politics of Black Womanhood.” Black Feminist Thought, Routledge 1991.
  • Dolores Williams, “Sin, Nature and Black Women’s Bodies” (from Ecofeminism and the Sacred edited by Carol J. Adams; New York:  Continuum, 1993)
  • Jenny Reardon, “Discourses of Participation.”

Week Four:  Connecting ‘isms’ and Power

Tuesday, September 21 – Class meets from 12:30-2:45pm (Guest lecture from Prof. Megan Glick)

  • Adler, Margot. 1989.The juice and the mystery. Pp. 151-154 in Judith Plant (ed), Healing the Wounds: the Promise of Ecofeminism. Philadelphia: New Society Publishers.
  • Plumwood, Val.  1993. Dualism: The Logic of Colonialism.  Pp 41-68. From Feminism and the Mastery of Nature. New York: Routledge.

Friday, September 24

WRITING DUE: Gendered, Dualistic Bodies Paper

  • Lorde, Audre.  “Uses of the Erotic.”  (from Sister Outsider, The Crossing Press, 1983).
  • bell hooks, Chapters 1-7 (from Belonging:  A Culture of Place; New York, Routledge, 2009)

Week Five: Our Home: Women Speak for/with the Land

Tuesday, September 28

WRITING DUE: BIOREGIONAL QUIZ blog

  • Plant, Judith, 1990, Searching for Common Ground: Ecofeminism and Bioregionalism, pp. 79-82 in Andruss, V., Plant, C., Plant, J. & Wright, E., Home! A bioregional reader. Philadelphia: New Society.
  • Williams, Terry Tempest.  Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and  Place.  New York: Vintage, 1991.
  • Leonard, Charles, Jim Dodge, Lynn Milliman, and Victoria Stockley, 1990, Where you at? A Bioregional Quiz, Pp.. 29-30 in Andruss, V., Plant, C., Plant, J. & Wright, E. Home! A bioregional reader. Philadelphia: New Society Publishers.
  • Hayden, Delores. “Is it Possible to Design a Nonsexist City?” Gender and Planning.

Friday, October 1

  • Barbara Kingsolver, from Animal, Vegetable, Miracle
  • LaDuke, Winona. 1993. A Society Based on Conquest Cannot be Sustained: Native Peoples and the Environmental Crisis, pp. in. 98-106 Hofrichter, Richard (ed.), Toxic struggles: the theory and practice of environmental justice. Philadelphia: New Society Publishers.
  • Bradley, Candice. 1997.  Chapter 17: Keeping the Soil in Good Heart: Women Weeders, the Environment, and Ecofeminism. Karen J. Warren (ed.) Ecofeminism: Women, Culture and Nature. Indiana University Press. Bloomington.

EVENING THIS WEEK: (Meet @ the College Farm)

Week Six:  The Creation Narrative / Our Home: Women Speak for/with the Land

Tuesday, October 5

  • Carolyn Merchant, “Reinventing Eden.” Chapter 1.
  • The Hebrew Christian Creation Story
  • Iroquois creation story.
  • Andrea Smith, “For All Those Who Were Indian in a Former Life” (from Ecofeminism and the Sacred edited by Carol J. Adams; New York:  Continuum, 1993)
  • Eisler, Riane. 1987. Chapter 8. The Other Half of History: Part I. Pp. 104-119 and Chapter 9. The Other Half of History. Part II. Pp.120-134. The Chalice and the Blade. San Francisco: Harper & Row.

Friday, October 8: Class at Waggoner’s Gap

  • Crouch, Martha L. 2001. From Golden Rice to Terminator Technology: Why Agricultural Biotechnology Will Not Feed the World or Save the Environment. Pp. 22- 39 in Brian Tokar (ed) Redesigning Life? The Worldwide Challenge to Genetic Engineering. New York: Zed Books.
  • Thomas Hariot. A Brief and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia. http://docsouth.unc.edu/nc/hariot/hariot.html
  • Vandana Shiva: Soil Not Oil excerpt

Week Seven: Ecofeminist Mapping

Tuesday, October 12 – Work on Ecofeminist Mapping Project in class

WRITING DUE: THIS LAND IS MY LAND BLOG


Friday, October 15

MIDTERM DUE:  ECOFEMINIST MAPPING PROJECT

Come prepared to share with the class

Tuesday, October 19

NO CLASS—FALL PAUSE


CONTEMPORARY ISSUES

Week Eight: Menstruation – Toxic Tampons and Coming of Age

Friday, October 23

Week Nine: Reproductive Justice

Tuesday, October 26

  • Nelson, Jennifer.  “’Abortions Under Community Control’” from Women of Color and the Reproductive Justice Movement (New York University Press, 2003)
  • Loretta Ross, “The Color of Choice” (from The Color of Violence: the INCITE! anthology edited by INCITE:  Women of Color Against Violence; Cambridge, MA, South End Press, 2006)
  • —.  “What is Reproductive Justice?” from The Reproductive Justice Briefing Book, available at http://www.sistersong.net/documents/RJBriefingBook.pdf.
  • Briggs, Laura.  “Discourses of ‘forced sterilization’ in Puerto Rico:  the Problem with the Speaking Subaltern”.  d i f f e r e n c e s:  A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies.  10.2 (1998).

Friday, October 30: Location TBA – Joint discussion with Prof. Glick’s Race & the Body course

  • David Serlin, “Reconstructing the Hiroshima Maidens.”
  • Documentary Clip: White Light / Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (Dir. Steven Okasaki, 2007).

Week Ten: Climate Change & Gender Development; Resistance to War and Violence

Tuesday, November 2

WRITING DUE: ECOFEMINISM UNPACKED

CHOOSE FINAL ISSUES PAPER TOPIC

  • ROJAS-CHEATHAM, Parades, Griffin, Shah, and Shen.  (2009). LOOKING BOTH WAYS: Women’s Lives at the Crossroads of Reproductive Justice and Climate Justice.  Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice.  The Momentum Series – Expanding the Movement for Empowerment and Reproductive Justice.

Friday, November 5

  • Seager, Joni. 1993. Creating a Culture of Destruction: Gender, Militarism, and the Environment. Pp. 58-66 Hofrichter, Richard (ed.), Toxic struggles: the theory and practice of environmental justice. Philadelphia: New Society Publishers.
  • Warren, Karen and Duane Cady. 1996. Feminism and Peace:Seeing Connections.. pp. 2-15 in Cady, D. and Warren, K. Bringing Peace Home: Feminism, Violence and Nature. Bloomington: Indiana University Press
  • Kelly. Petra. 1997. Chapter Six: Women and Power. pp. 112-119 in Karen J. Warren (ed.) Ecofeminism: Women, Culture and Nature. Indiana University Press. Bloomington.
  • Gaard, Greta. 1997.  Chapter 14: Rherotic, Rape, and Ecowarefare in the Persian Gulf. Karen J. Warren (ed.) Ecofeminism: Women, Culture and Nature. Indiana University Press. Bloomington.

Week Eleven:  Consumers and Killers: The Beauty Industry & Nail Salons

Tuesday, November 9: MOVIES DUE: Watch Story of Stuff: Cosmetics and 16 Deaths per Day

Friday, November 12

  • Miliann Kang, “The Managed Hand” (from The Managed Hand)
  • WVE report, “Glossed Over: Health Hazards Associated with Toxic Exposure in Nail Salons.”
  • NPR Report “WGBH Investigates: Sexual and Human Trafficking in the Boston Area.” Thursday, July 8, 2010
  • —. Framing a Proactive Research Agenda to  Advance Worker Health and Safety in the Nail Salon and Cosmetology Communities. 2010. California Healthy Nail Salon Iniative.
  • “Human Health – Sick of Man-Made Chemicals.”  2006.  From “Toxic World.” Women in Europe for a Common Future, pg. 13-22.

Week Twelve: Dumping Grounds, Body and Planet

Tuesday, November 16

  • Marion Moses, “Farmworkers and Pesticides,” from Confronting Environmental Racism: Voices from the Grassroots (packet)
  • Penny Newman, “Killing Legally with Toxic Waste: Women and Environment in the United States,” from Close to Home: Women Reconnect Ecology, Health and Development Worldwide, ed. Vandana Shiva (packet)
  • Kraus, Celene. 1993. Blue Collar Women & Toxic-Waste Protest: The Process of Politicization. Pp. 107-117 in Hofrichter, Richard (ed.). Toxic struggles: the theory and practice of environmental justice. Philadelphia: New Society Publishers

Friday, November 19: Guest Lecture by Dr. Greg Howard

  • Excerpt from Sandra Steingraber, Living Downstream
  • Johnson Controls – Supreme Court Decisions  – Batteries & Gender Processing

Week Thirteen:  Ecofeminist Organizational Tools

Tuesday, November 23

  • Starhawk, 1997, Chapter 6. Building community processes for groups. Pp. 92-113 and Chapter 7. Circles and webs: group structures. Pp. 114-134 in Dreaming the Dark: Magic, Sex, and Politics. Boston: Beacon Press.

Deep listening and Deep Ecology exercise

Friday November 26th: NO CLASS—THANKSGIVING BREAK

Week Fourteen:  Reflection and Synthesis

Tuesday, November 30

WRITING DUE: Cosmetics Toxicity Report

Podcast Workshop at Bosler Media Center

Friday, December 3:

  • Layli Phillips, “Womanism:  On Its Own” (from The Womanist Reader edited by Layli Phillips; New York:  Routledge, 2006)

Week Fifteen: Partnership Ethic

Tuesday, December 7: Discussion of partnership ethic

Friday, December 10: LAST CLASS

PAPER DUE: Contemporary Issues Research Paper

FINAL EXAMS

December 11 & 12        Reading period
December 13-18                   Final Exams

January 4                             All grades due

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