This special issue explores the uses of women's studies, gender, and feminist thought in a select few courses offered across the curriculum.
T. S. Eliot is known for being the staunch and stuffy Modernist poet, but there are tones of isolation, confusion, self-hatred and deep uncertainty that make “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” instantly relatable to transgender readers. Throughout the poem Prufrock struggles with his emotions, lack of definite gender, and relation to peers and the world in general are the same as those that LGBT individuals grapple with even today. Prufrock can be, no matter Eliot’s intention, a vivid genderqueer literary protagonist.
This is a short and far from inconclusive commentary on the life of Maria Amparo Ruiz de Burton. The wife of a high ranking military commander, Burton is a historically significant illustration of the power--creatively, politically, socially--that a woman can wield, despite systematic discrimination and oppression against her. Of course, the context of Burton's life is very different: she lived in the mid 1800's. Much can be said about Burton's ability to persevere regardless of her sex and ethnicity in a time when both of these characteristics were considered detriments: Burton went on to become the first Mexican woman to publish her work in English.
This piece reflects the fundamental feminist text by Marilyn Frye, 'Oppression.' It critiques the shortcomings of Frye's analysis of what makes a group 'oppressed,' in both its broadness and narrowness. It concludes by recommending potential corrections that would make Frye’s definition more accurate, by exempting arguably non-oppressed groups, and including legitimately oppressed groups not included in her original definition.
I wrote this piece in the second person to simultaneously disengage myself from the narrator position, and to bring the reader closer in, to simulate the experiences I wrote about. The piece is about the struggles I went through to attempt to get over an ex-girlfriend. This is only an excerpt, and the rest of the story goes on to describe the kinds of damage we will inflict upon ourselves when we believe we are not worthy of being loved, and the ways we grow from it in order to begin new relationships.
A personal response to Virginia Woolf's thoughts on women's writing in a patriarchal society, as well as an examination of the ways in which patriarchy, and its attendant privilege, does not always work to the advantage of men.