SUNY Oneonta

WMST 214 Archetypes of the Wild Women

3 s.h.

This class will study cultural stories - various literatures, religious writings, medical arguments, laws, feminist essays, song lyrics, and others - of the past 3500 years focusing on various forms of the Archetypal Wild Women, including goddesses, teachers, wise women, healers, witches, warriors, whores, saints, mothers, green women, and mad women. Readings will include biblical texts, mythologies of goddess from various cultures, the Malleus Maleficarum, and critical writings on contemporary female sexuality to trace the reoccurring pattern of containment of female sexuality that attempts to produce a sense of order and stability created only by severely restricting women. We will explore the potential results of women refusing boundaries and containment as we examine the cultural stories that define, patrol, and discipline the socially constructed functions, roles, and definitions of women. (LA, WS2)

Prerequisites: SoS and 3 s.h. Humanities.

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