English 299G: Intermediate Interdisciplinary Writing (Social Sciences):
“The Cage of Patriarchy and Pathways to Women’s Liberation”
This course provides a series of interdisciplinary lenses through which to study historical and contemporary structures of patriarchy and feminist critiques of those structures. Students will be introduced to concepts such as ecofeminism, reproductive justice, primitive accumulation and scientific racism, and will place sex and gender in conversation with nature/ecology, health, culture, capitalism, industry and racial justice. Through conscientious practices of reading and writing, students will navigate the relationship(s) between sex, constructions of gender, systems of patriarchy, and forms of feminist resistance.
Central course texts include Silvia Federici’s detailed history of the body in the transition to capitalism, Caliban and the Witch (2004), Carol J. Adams’ ecofeminist account of the sexual objectification of women in relationship to objectification of animals, The Pornography of Meat (2020), Sheila Jeffreys’ radical critique of harmful cultural practices in the west in Beauty and Misogyny (2015), Harriet E. Washington’s documentation of medical experimentation on women and eugenic control of black reproduction in Medical Apartheid (2008), and Virginia Woolf’s revolutionary anti-war call to destroy inequalities between the sexes, Three Guineas (1938). Classroom expectations include a high level of engagement and collaboration, as well as a willingness to converse respectfully across difference (these can be controversial and triggering topics). Examples from campus and student life are welcome in the classroom space, in addition to official course texts.
Please note: English 299G is linked to Psych 210: “The Diversity of Human Sexuality” through the Interdisciplinary Writing Program (IWP), but it is its own full 5-credit course (i.e. not a supplementary or lab add-on). You can expect the level of rigor of any other 5-credit 200-level undergraduate English course
Please see syllabus or MyUW for list of course texts (any edition is acceptable). Hard copies are required, as consistent textual annotation will comprise a portion of participation grades. Expect to read and write vigorously in this course.