Postgraduate Gender Courses
Faculty of Philosophy

School of Philology

Winter semester

Poetics of deception
(3 hours/3 credits)
Instructor: M. Mike
Course Code: NEF 604

School of English Language and Literature

Winter semester

Women’s Movement – Feminist Discourse in the USA
(3 hours/3 credits)
Instructor: D. Pastourmatzi
Course Code: ALit9-588 

The course examines the historical, social and political contexts of the origin and development of the women’s movement(s) in the USA. It studies the three waves of feminism from the 19th to the 21st century. Through a critical analysis of historical and political documents, students will become familiar with significant women leaders and activists; they will understand the different objectives and strategies among feminists. The course also studies influential works of feminist theory and literature and their contribution to the political struggle for equality and to women’s studies. Learning outcomes and competences: Good understanding of the historical development of the women’s movement and of the struggle for equality and women’s human rights Good understanding of the political differences and the various theoretical approaches as well as of the fragmentation of feminism into feminisms Good understanding of the contribution of feminist theory and literature to the political struggle and to women’s studies Familiarization with significant political leaders and activists and their texts and ability to discuss critically literary works in relation to specific feminist issues Ability to define key terms such as the terms sex/gender, sexual difference, sexual stereotypes, sexual identity, social division of labor, class and racial difference.

Spring Semester

Textual Corporealities: The Body in Modern Theory and Practice
(3 hours/3 credits)
Instructor: K. Kitsi-Mytakou
Course Code: Lit8-570

Aim of this seminar is to read the human body as a text, a system of decipherable signs, as well as to trace the diversified perceptions of the body in a variety of literary, scientific, philosophical and visual discourses throughout the modern period. Being the hinge between nature and culture, subjectivity and objectivity, the body is both naturally and culturally produced, both object and subject of desire, and this is perhaps what renders it such a contested site. Western tradition has for most of its part, since Plato, proclaimed the body’s materiality, identified it with the feminine, and subjected it to a series of disciplinary practices. The Cartesian dualist framework, however, that separates body from mind, reason from emotion, and nature from culture, proved in urgent need of revisioning in the twentieth century. With the appearance of psychoanalysis, according to which ‘the ego is first and foremost a bodily ego’, and phenomenology, which defines the body as ‘the medium of all perception’, the body could no longer be thought of as ‘the prison of the soul’. Furthermore, the technological advances near the end of the 20th century, such as the introduction of inorganic bodies, or body parts, and the new reproductive technologies, have made modern embodiments multiple, fluid and differential, and the need for a redefinition of the body is more compelling than ever.

Although this course will cover some of the most climactic moments in the history of the human body, and touch upon some of the most crucial issues related with it, it does not aspire to be historically, or thematically exhaustive. Our main focus will be to explore how bodies and discourses are involved in a dialectic relationship in which they constantly produce and transform one another.

By the end of the seminar students are expected: a) to be familiar with the most important theories of embodiment we discussed in class, b) to have very good knowledge of the literary and cultural texts we analyzed, c) to have developed the critical ability to apply the theories they have been exposed to in order to comprehend more fully and assess our everyday reality

Method of assessment: Students are assessed on the basis of their overall oral presentation (preparation & participation in all seminars (20%), organising of two seminars (20%), two seminar reports (10%), and an end-of-term, 6,000-word research paper (50%)

School of German Language and Literature

Winter Semester

Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaften:
Autorinnen der Weimarer Republik und Frauen in der Literatur der Weimarer Republik
(3 hours/3 credits)
Instructor: Simela Delianidou

In diesem Seminar wird die gesellschaftliche Stellung der Frau am Ende der Weimarer Republik und das (Vor-)Bild des damaligen Modetypus der „Neuen Frau“ („femme nouvelle“) kritisch beleuchtet. Sowohl folgende Autorinnen als auch ihre Heldinnen verkörpern die zeitspezifischen Weiblichkeitsentwürfe und Vorstellung von Emanzipation. Ist  in diesen Texten jedoch vielleicht auch der Rückfall in alte Geschlechterrollen zu beobachten? Als Textgrundlage dienen: Irmgard Keun Das kunstseidene Mädchen (1932), Gilgi, eine von uns (1931), Marieluise Fleißer Mehlreisende Frieda Geier / Eine Zierde für den Verein. Roman vom Rauchen, Sporteln, Lieben und Verkaufen (1931), Mascha Kaléko Mädchen an der Schreibmaschine (Erzählung aus: Kleines Lesebuch für Große) (1934) und Gabriele Tergit Käsebier erobert den Kurfürstendamm (1931).

Leistungsnachweis: regelmäßige und aktive Teilnahme am Seminar, Referat und schriftliche Hausarbeit.