Although feminist aesthetics is a relatively "new" field, it covers a
broad spectrum of issues. In this course, we will look at feminist
aesthetics both as a response to traditional approaches and as a
current practice. Our discussions will be grounded in looking at
visual images. Some of the questions to be addressed are: Is there a
feminist aesthetic? What makes are ëfeminist'?; What contribution do
feminist critiques make to the practices of art and criticism?
Feminism and Tradition in Aesthetics, edited by Peggy Zeglin Brand and
Other readings will be provided in handouts. These are marked below
Introduction (Week 1)
Reading: Hein, "The Role of Feminist Aesthetics in Feminist Theory"
Sex and Gender (Weeks 2, 3, 4)
Readings: Mattick, "Beautiful and Sublime..." (p. 27)
Korsmeyer, "Gendered Concepts and Hume's Standard of Taste" (p.
49). Campbell, "The Oscillating Embrace" * Gerrard, "Leonardo da
Vinci and Creative Female Nature" (p. 326). Lehman, "The Realm of
the Senses" * Lubiano, "Black Ladies, Welfare Queens and State
The Practice of Women Artists (Weeks 5,6)
Readings: Silvers, "Has Her(oine's) Time Now Come? (p. 279).
Interview with Audrey Flack and Patricia Mathews, "Goddess Redux" *
Minh-ha, "Who is Speaking..." (p. 193).
Piper, "Monologues from ëFour Intruders Plus Alarm System' and
ëSafe'" (p. 235). Brand, "Revising the Aesthetic-Nonaesthetic
Distinction" (p. 245).
Attend: Bergren Forum ó Prof. Martha Anderson
***First Papers Due Week 6***
Looking at Art: Spectators, Interpreters, Critics (Weeks 7-12)
November 17: Attend Twelve Angry People
We will meet at the Performing Arts Annex at 7:45 p.m. Discussion
of play at following class meeting.
Readings: Tickner, "Feminism and Art History" *
Gablik, "The Reenchantment of Art" * (excerpt)
Rosler, "Lookers, Buyers, Dealers, and Makers" *
Eaklor, "Seeing Lesbians in Film and History" (Dr. Vicki Eaklor
will join us for this class discussion.) Mulvey, "Visual Pleasure
and Narrative Cinema" * (With Mulvey's article, we will view Rear
Window) Carroll, "The Image of Women in Film" (p. 371). (See
Thelma and Louise in class.) hooks, "The Oppositional Gaze" (p.
142) Bordo, "Material Girl" and hooks, "Power to the Pussy: We
Don't Wannabe Dicks in Drag" Owens, "The Discourse of Others" *
Tate, "Nobody Loves a Genius Child" * and hooks, "Altars of
Sacrifice: Remembering Basquiat" *
*** Student presentations will be given in weeks 10 and 11 ***
Evaluating Feminist Aesthetics
NOTE: Counseling and Health Education Services is presenting The
Backlash: the Media and the Denial of Rape--a video showing and
panel discussion, November 30, 7-9 p.m. in Nevins Theater.
Readings: Waugh, "Analytic Aesthetics and Feminist Aesthetics:
Neither/Nor?" (p. 399).
Margolis, "Reconciling Analytic and Feminist Philosophy and
Aesthetics" (p. 416). Felski, "Why Feminism Doesn't Need an
Aesthetic" (p. 431).