WGST 07 First Year Seminar: Womanhood and Democratic Citizenship
What is the proper role of women in a democracy? This course examines how the relationship between women and democratic politics has been theorized in several classic texts of philosophy, politics, and literature. Readings include Aristophanes' comedic play about Athenian women who hijack the public assembly (The Assemblywomen), Montesquieu's fictionalized travelogue of a Persian man who entrusts his seraglio to a cruel eunuch (Persian Letters), and John Stuart Mill's brilliant polemic against the subordination of women (On the Subjection of Women). Dist: TMV; WCult: W.