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Classics Women s Gender and Sexuality Studies 127 Women Gender and Sexuality in Ancient Greece and Rome Macalester College Professor Beth Severy Hoven Fall 2009 Aristophanes Three Plays by Aristophanes Staging Women Jeffrey Henderson translator Routledge 1996 Blundell Sue Blundell Women in Ancient Greece Cambridge MA 1995 Carson Anne Carson If Not Winter Fragments of Sappho New York 2002 D Ambra Roman Women Cambridge 2007 W illiamson Margaret W illiamson Sappho s Immortal Daughters Cambridge MA 1995 Reading or link provided on course Moodle site see http moodle macalester edu WEEK 1 Wednesday September 9 Welcome and Introduction Friday September 11 Women Gender and Classics Reading 1 M Skinner Classical Studies Patriarchy and Feminism Women s Studies International Forum 10 1987 181 6 2 Selected Poetry 3 Blundell Introduction 9 12 Questions What has been the role of Classics in Western society Why is the field well suited to this role Why are you taking this course what does Classics mean to you What specific changes did Skinner call for in the discipline in 1986 How do the poems reflect the same world described by Skinner WEEK 2 Monday September 14 Introduction to Sex Gender Sexuality and Archaic Greece Reading 1 Mari Mikkola Feminist Perspectives on Sex and Gender Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy sections 1 3 4 and Conclusion 2 Blundell The Archaic Age and Women and the Poets 63 94 Questions Tasks 1 Be prepared to give a definition of the terms gender sex and sexuality and to offer objections to your own definitions How does Judith Butler s notion of performativity relate to these terms 2 What were the salient features of the archaic period in Greek history economic political artistic etc What were the salient features of women s lives in Archaic Greece How do we know What are the problems with the evidence we have Wednesday September 16 Introduction to Sappho Reading Williamson 1 89 Questions 1 What problems face us in interpreting the poems of Sappho 2 What



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