Feminisms: Cultural Studies and Gender

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  • WS 14/15

Instructor and Course Number

Course Description

The United States women’s suffrage of 1920 is nearing its centennial and many perceive the 1960s as the height of feminist activism. It is thus not surprising that most people in Germany and the US question the relevance of feminism for the 21st century turning a blind eye to the variety of questions and issues that could be labeled feminist.

This class will introduce you to major texts, approaches, and issues that fall into the realm of feminism such as theoretical explanations for the differential access to power among men and women, and issues of inequality in representation and other cultural practices. We will examine our inheritance in the 21st century and the varied traditions of feminism. Starting with the first suffragette movement we will look at the women’s liberation movement of the 1960s and the third-wave feminism and eventually discuss recent issues in American as well as transnational contexts. Our class topics will include Marxist feminism, womanism, third-world feminism, lesbian feminism, ecofemnisnism, queer studies and post-structural feminism. The objective of this class is to get an understanding for this plurality of feminist thought and its history as well as to discover those questions, theories, and methodologies that are relevant today.

Course Dates and Room

  • Tue 10:15 - 11:45, R. 0.420


Lehramtsstudiengänge Angewandte Sprachwissenschaften/Angewandte Literatur-/Kulturwissenschaften
  • BA LA: 203
  • MA LA:
  • B.A.ALK: Kern 1c 2abc, 3bc Komp 1b, 2d
  • B.A.AS: NUR Komp TG 5 Basis
  • M.A.ALK:
  • M.A.AS:
  • LPO 2003:
    • GHR: 1f
    • GyGe: 1f, 4c
    • SP1. Fach: 1f
    • SP2. Fach:
    • BK: 1f, 4c
  • LPO 1994/2000: B4, E2
  • LABG 2009:
    • G: 602
    • HRG: 503
    • GyGe/BK: 503
    • SP: