Schedule Fall Term

Because this is a full-year course on a contemporary topic, we may change some of the readings or topic as the year progresses in order to respond to a new development in the field.

Week 1: Introduction: Status update (Sept 13)

Podcast This American Life, “Status Update”. In-class writing and discussion.

Week 2: Sept 20

Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar Chapters 1-10

Week 3: Sept 27

The Bell Jar Chapters 11 to end

Week 4: Oct 4

Emily Gould “The Bell Jar at 40” Poetry Foundation

“Sylvia Plath: Reflections on her Legacy” The Guardian

Audrey Whollen, Sad Girl Theory

Week 5: Oct 11

Girls Season 1

Week 6: Oct 18

Rookie Magazine

Week 7: Oct 25

Frances Ha

“The Clique Imaginary” by Alana Massey, The New Inquiry

Week 8: Nov 1

Nancy Fraser interview, “A Feminism Where ‘Lean in’ Means Leaning on Others”

Jacqueline Rose “Honour Killings”

Week 9: Nov 8 NO Class

Week 10: Nov 15

Octavia Butler Parable of the Sower

Week 11: Nov 22

Roxane Gay Bad Feminist

Week 12: Nov 29

The Ardorous Collective

Amalia Ulman “Excellences and Perfections”

Petra Collins

Week 13: Dec 6

Presentation of Collaborative Projects

December Break

Week 1: Jan 10

Sheila Heti, How Should a Person Be?

Hannah Tennant Moore, “Exile in Girlville”

Meta blog assignment due

Week 2: Jan 17

Diary of a Teenage Girl (film and parts of the graphic novel)

Week 3: Jan 24

Peggy Orenstein, Girls and Sex (chapter TBD)

“’Hot Sex’ and Young Girls” Zoë Heller NY Review of Books, Aug 18, 2016.

Week 4: Jan 31

Mary Gaitskill, “Mirror Ball” short story

Lena Dunham, Not That Kind of Girl and Girls, (Season 3, Episode 10)

Week 5: Feb 7

Stanford student letter to her Attacker, BuzzFeed News

Week 6: Feb 14

Lana del Rey, Nicki Minaj, Fiona Apple, Carly Rae Jepsen

Rachel Vorona Cote, “Taylor & Karlie & Lena: The romance of Celebrity Female Friendship in the Feminist Selfie Generation” LA Review of Books, July 16, 2015.

Week 7: Feb 21 READING WEEK

Week 8: Feb 28

Miriam Toews, A Complicated Kindness

Week 9: Mar 7

White Girl (film)

Week 10: Mar 14

Broad City (episodes t.b.d.)

Week 11: Mar 21

Joni Murphy, Double Teenage

Week 12: Mar 28

To be decided by consensus!

week 13: Apr 4

Presentation of Interview Projects