Comparative American Studies
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Department Chair:
Wendy Kozol, Chair

Administrative Assistant:
Linda Pardee

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Phone: (440) 775-5290
Fax: (440) 775-8644

Location:
King 141
10 N. Professor Street
Oberlin, OH, 44074-1095

Wendy Kozol's courses

Wendy Kozol's courses
 

202.  Visible Bodies and the Politics of Sexuality - 3 hours
3HU, CD, WR
This course may also count for the major in (consult the program or department major requirements): GSFS
This course considers how visual culture produces and contests concepts of sexuality in American society. We will analyze how mainstream culture universalizes certain experiences of gender and sexuality, as they are inflected by race, ethnicity, class and nationalism, as well as how marginalized groups have used visual representation to contest and subvert these hegemonic ideals. Through case studies, we will explore concepts such as the gaze, spectacle, and agency. Enrollment Limit: 30

235.  Cultural Citizenships - 3 hours
3HU, CD, WR
This course may also count for the major in (consult the program or department major requirements): Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies
Americans have long hailed innovations in media technologies as democratic spaces even as commentators criticize popular culture for sustaining normative ideals of citizenship. This interdisciplinary course explores popular media from the radio to the Internet as formative sites for contested ideals of citizenship, with particular attention to changing notions of gender, sexuality, race, ability, and class. We will examine the intersections of popular culture and legal discourse to address issues of belonging, visibility, and marginalization.
Enrollment Limit: 30

241.  Living with the Bomb - 3 hours
3SS, CD, WP
This course may also count for the major in (consult the program or department major requirements): GSFS
This team-taught course will examine the moral, ideological and historical complexity of the explosion of the atomic bomb during World War II, and subsequent responses in both the United States and Japan. Feminist theories, studies of nationalism, and critical race theory will shape our comparative analyses of political, military, and scientific decisions, as well as cultural texts in Japan and the United States. Course materials include literature, film, visual arts, government documents, survivor narratives, and recent historical analyses. Enrollment limit: 45. This course is cross-listed with East 241.

305.  Feminist Research Methodologies - 4 hours
4SS, CD, WR
This course may also count for the major in (consult the program or department major requirements): GSFS
This course traces the historical and dialectical impact of feminist epistemologies on disciplines of the social sciences and humanities. We will explore feminist approaches to research practices including oral history, case studies, archival research, visual and literary criticism, survey/content analysis, and field work. Throughout the semester, each student works on an individual research proposal that incorporates interdisciplinary methods and includes a literature review.   Prerequisite: CAST 100 or consent of instructor. Priority given to GSFS and CAST majors.  Enrollment Limit: 25.

316.  From Equal Rights to Human Rights: Feminist Perspectives on Social Justice - 4 hours
2HU, 2SS, CD, WR
This course may also count for the major in (consult the program or department major requirements): GSFS
This course will study feminist activism from the passage of the 19th Amendment to the present. We will analyze mainstream and radical American feminist theories as well as challenges to the rights paradigm from Third World and indigenous feminists. The primary methodology will be in-depth intersectional discourse analyses of feminist theories but we will also examine the social and political impact of these theories on activist movements.  Prerequisite:  100 or equivalent.  This course also counts for the GSFS major. 
Enrollment Limit: 20.

400.  Research Seminar: Expanding the Archive - 4 hours
4SS, CD, WR
This course may also count for the major in (consult the program or department major requirements): Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies Semester 
How do American Studies scholars use archives? Is this changing in the 21st century? Do new archives like the Internet require different methodological approaches? This seminar explores the distinctiveness of interdisciplinary research in Comparative American Studies as well as the range of traditional and contemporary sources of evidence available to scholars. In this class, students will work through the various steps of evidence gathering, analysis, and writing a research paper.  Consent of the Instructor Required. Prerequisite: CAST 100.  Enrollment Limit: 12.

407.  Seminar: Picturing War and Human Rights: Trauma, Violence and Spectatorship - 4 hours
4HU, CD, WR
This course may also count for the major in (consult the program or department major requirements): Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies
This seminar examines how American visual culture has represented recent U.S. military actions. Ideals of gender, race, and nation often justify militarism, yet visual depictions also provoke anxieties about masculinity and femininity, home, and national, self and other. We will analyze visual media to consider such issues as the symbolic value of female bodies in narratives of national defense and how racial ideals secure or undermine the authority of the male body under attack. Consent of the Instructor Required.  Enrollment Limit: 15.