Monday, December 18, 2017

New Spring 2018 MALAS SEMINAR | Warrior Women in History | Professor Walter Penrose

Topics in Gender and Sexuality
Warrior Women in History

Course Description: This course will explore Amazons and women warriors in various historical settings.   The subject of Amazons will be a theme used to familiarize students with Queer, Feminist, and Postcolonial Theories, which we will use to situate and understand the realities of women who took up the sword and fought for themselves, both in battle and for revenge.  Using these theoretical precepts, we will strive to understand “gender queerness” as a cultural construct that is both time and place specific.  We will begin the course by discussing Judith Halberstam’s groundbreaking Female Masculinity.  We will then explore the legends of the Amazons, as well as histories of ancient warrior queens, women bodyguards, and courageous medieval warrior women such as Joan of Arc.  We will end the course by studying the role of women in the modern U.S. military as well as other nations, paying keen attention to studies and evidence demonstrating the ability of women to serve in military settings.
REQUIRED BOOKS (Available at SDSU Bookstore):
Judith Halberstam, Female Masculinity
Walter Penrose, Jr. Postcolonial Amazons: Female Masculinity and Courage in Ancient Greek and Sanskrit Literature
Rosemarie Skaines, Women in Combat

Dr. Walter Penrose
Office:  AL 565
Spring 2018                                                                                 
Phone:   619-594-1102
Tu/Th  12:30-1:45 PM                                                           
Room: LSN 132

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