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HNWS 312 Re-visioning Motherhood in Modern Western Culture (CORE—Western Civilization)

Prerequisite: Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors in the Honors Program, or with permission of the instructor. (First semester, every three years/3 credits) 

This course consists of an interdisciplinary study of the institution of motherhood and its representations in modern cultural productions of the Western world. Through readings in social, political and psychoanalytical theory as well as analysis of literary and filmic texts, students will examine the myth and reality of mothering, its cultural and biological baggage and its implications for the changing lives of women into the next century. This course may be used for credit in the women’s studies minor.