Stevens reading…in english!

Sorry everyone: apparently I posted a link to the Spanish version of Stevens’ article.  The link is now going to the English version.  But you can still find the Spanish translation here, if you prefer it.

And here are some questions to consider in reading Stevens and Navarro together:

Marianismo… Discuss the evidence Stevens uses for her argument that marianismo/machismo is a defining historical framework women’s roles in Latin America.  How does Stevens use “history” and “culture” to support her view of gender relations?

…and its critics: On what grounds have scholars challenged Stevens’ argument?  Why was/is it nonetheless so influential among US academics?  How have LA scholars used it differently?  How does Navarro use history to argue against Stevens?

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Clarification about blog this week

Hello everyone: I’m sorry I have given mixed messages about your first blog posts.  What is required by this Tuesday, January 26 is not a blog post, but for you to send me the address for your own blog via email to ehutch@unm.edu.  That address will look something like the URL for this course blog: http://www.[your domain name]. wordpress.com.

Meanwhile, here are some questions for you to consider in your approach to Tuesday’s readings (January 26). Please come prepared for discussion of these works; grad students, I will put you together to focus on Mohanty and Ahmed.

Gauderman: How does Gauderman define “patriarchy”?  What are some of the limits of “patriarchy” as explanatory model for understanding gender in 17th-century Quito? What evidence supports her assertion that “state policies were not partisan to one sex over another,” and what do you think of that argument?

Ahmed: Does the harem oppress women, or is it a space of female autonomy and sociability? Again, what is Ahmed’s evidence for her answer to this question, and why does she think that “western” observers have been unable or unwilling to consider this perspective?  What does Ahmed’s work suggest about the utility of “patriarchy” as an analytical framework?

First blog post due Monday, February 1!

Hello everyone: I’m sorry I have given mixed messages about your first blog posts.  What is required by next Tuesday is not a blog post, but for you to send me the address for your own blog via email to ehutch@unm.edu.  That address will look something like the URL for this course blog: http://www.[your domain name]. wordpress.com.

Meanwhile, here are some questions for you to consider in your approach to Tuesday’s readings (January 26). Please come prepared for discussion of these works; grad students, I will put you together to focus on Mohanty and Ahmed.

Gauderman: How does Gauderman define “patriarchy”?  What are some of the limits of “patriarchy” as explanatory model for understanding gender in 17th-century Quito? What evidence supports her assertion that “state policies were not partisan to one sex over another,” and what do you think of that argument?

Ahmed: Does the harem oppress women, or is it a space of female autonomy and sociability? Again, what is Ahmed’s evidence for her answer to this question, and why does she think that “western” observers have been unable or unwilling to consider this perspective?  What does Ahmed’s work suggest about the utility of “patriarchy” as an analytical framework?

 

Getting started

I have added a new page to this website to help you get your blogs started: “Blogs.”  Please get those up and running, and send me your blog address, ASAP!

Those of you wanting a little extra background for the course may want to look at this introductory chapter on gender and sexuality by William French and Katherine Bliss: see it here.