B1 Second Term R 12:30-15:20 C. Heyes
This course provides an opportunity for advanced students to explore a specific topic in feminist philosophy in greater depth. The topic for Winter 2005 will be "feminism and food." Women have a complex material relationship with food: through shopping, farming, gathering, cooking and serving food for themselves and others, and through dynamics of consumption that include (self-)deprivation, excess, and "orientalism." This course will examine these issues from diverse feminist philosophical perspectives; topics to be discussed will include: fatness and thinness, dieting, eating disorders, the pleasure of food, sexuality, eroticism, and food, the ontology and politics of cooking, and feminist analysis of ethical eating (vegetarianism, Slow Food, etc.).
Prerequisites: PHIL/WST 332 or WST 301. You may take PHIL 433 again if you have taken it before.
Texts: Custom course material available from the University Bookstore To see whether the course would interest you, look at Susan Bordo's book Unbearable Weight, contrasted with Lisa Heldke's Exotic Appetites (both on reserve in Rutherford library).