Women on the Fringe examines societal responses to female behavior deviating from prescribed norms of social and feminine behavior from the colonial period to the present through the use of historical narratives, literature, and film to treat such themes as heresy, madness, prostitution, adultery, criminality, juvenile delinquency, drug and alcohol addiction, political protest, and lesbianism.
Department Learning Goals Met by this Course:
Students will be able to synthesize an interdisciplinary dialogue among the different disciplinary methodologies that compose American Studies investigation of American culture across time and space in the history, politics, literature, and arts of the peoples of the United States. Students will be able to write well; speak articulately; and think critically, analytically, and creatively.
Additional Learning Goals Met by this Course:
Women on the Fringe will provide students with an historical perspective on the evolution of the concepts of female deviance from the colonial period to the present with particular attention to the influence of race, ethnicity, class, region, gender, and religion. Students will learn how to analyze film critically in terms of its cultural context and will receive training in the analytical and methodological skills necessary to pursue a research project in American Studies on the history of female deviance.