Loyola University Chicago

Women's Studies and Gender Studies

Don't Miss Out on These Spring Courses


Looking to swap your spring schedule? There are a few WSGS cross-listed courses still open. We've done some of the work for you; below are a handful of interesting courses that still have space. Don't wait too long before signing up—These courses are likely to fill up soon.


Global and Local Feminisms (WSGS 201-04E, WSGS 297-002)
Feminist Pedagogy and Experiential Learning (WSGS 497-002)
Betsy Jones Hemenway, PhD | Tues 4:15-6:45 p.m.

This course will focus on the lives of women transnationally – comparing experiences of women across cultures, in our local community and in other parts of the world – with the goal of building understanding and solidarity. Using four major themes to organize our course (education, health, activism, and economic empowerment), we will engage directly with the history and experiences of women around the world and in Chicago. As part of the Engaged Learning dimension of the course, students will work on one or more service-learning projects with local organizations in Rogers Park and Edgewater. One confirmed collaborator is Loom (http://www.loomchicago.com/) , a project for refugee women affiliated with Catholic Charities in Edgewater. Other possible organizations include GirlForward and the CPS Refugee Support Program. By engaging with these organizations, we will gain a deeper understanding of the variety of women’s experiences, community gender dynamics, and efforts to bring about change, which are critical parts of social justice work. Participating graduate students will take on additional assignments in global feminisms, feminist pedagogy, and experiential learning. This course fulfills Tier 2 of the Societal and Cultural Knowledge requirement and the Engaged Learning requirement in the Core Curriculum. The course is also cross-listed with Global and International Studies and Latin American/Latin-x Studies. Please note: This course previously included a study abroad trip over spring break, which is no longer part of the course. All students are welcome to enroll.


Food, Hunger, and Power in the Modern World (HIST 300C-1)
Alice Weinreb, PhD | Mon/Wed 2:45-4 p.m.

This course focuses special attention on the intersection between the modern food system and gendered experiences and expectations, ranging from family structures to body norms. We explore the ways in which women’ particular relationship to food made them relevant to war and mass violence in particularly classed and racialized ways over the course of the twentieth century. We do this by exploring changing ways of understanding famines (Ireland, India, and Ethiopia), as well as looking at the ways in which food has been a “weapon of war” and a tool of genocide. Finally, the course will analyze the ways in which race, gender, and class have shaped the United States’ food policies, focusing on school lunches and welfare programs.


Trans* Narratives (ENGL 372, WSGS 397, WSGS 497)
Pamela Caughie, PhD | Tues/Thurs 2:30-3:45 p.m.

This course is a study in narrative focused on fiction and memoirs by and about trans* subjects. Such writings disrupt narrative conventions by defying pronominal stability, temporal continuity, and natural progression, all elements of more conventional novels and memoirs that trace the course of a subject’s life. As such, trans* narratives can be read as a distinct genre, what I have called a “transgenre.” But they also require us to rethink the conventions of any life writing, raising the question, What are the consequences for living of telling a different kind of story? That is, these life writings do not just give us an account of a life lived, but also deliberately shape a narrative of a life that might be lived, and livable. Readings include various forms of life writing, fiction and nonfiction, as well as essays in transgender theory and sexological writings from the early 20th century. Primary works include Man into Woman (1933), the life narrative of Lili Elbe, and David Ebershoff’s novel based on that work, The Danish Girl (2000) along with Tom Hooper’s film version; Jan Morris’s Conundrum (1974); Jennifer Boylan’s She’s Not There (2003); Maggie Nelson’s The Argonauts (2015); Juliet Jacques’s Trans: A Memoir (2015), and Susan Faludi’s In the Darkroom (2016). We may also read Virginia Woolf’s Orlando: A Biography(1928) and Radclyffe Hall’s The Well of Loneliness (1928), if we’re especially ambitious. We will also discuss recommended films. Along with participation, requirements for undergraduates include two short essays (approximately 2500 words) and an exam; for graduate students, one class presentation and a seminar-length paper.