科號Course Number:09120ANTH668000 學分Credit:3 人數限制Size of Limit:
中文名稱Course Title: 性別與宗教-人類學觀點
英文名稱Course English Title:Women in Religion – Anthropological Perspectives
任課教師Instructor:黃倩玉
上課時間Time:F5F6F7
上課教室Room:人社C304

課程大綱:
一、課程說明(Course Description)
Women in Religion – Anthropological Perspectives

Room C304, 9 - 12, Friday, Spring 2003
C. Julia Huang
Room C623; Tel.: 4537; E-mail: cyhuang@mx.nthu.edu.tw

Course Description
This seminar explores anthropological approaches to the relation between gender and religions since 1980s. It will first introduce students to basic perspectives in anthropologies of religion and gender. It then considers various ethnographic approaches to issues involved in the relation between gender and religion: thick description, resistance theories (historical-structuralism; Foucaultian and capitalism), feminist interpretivism, the (in-)flexible law and order, and comparative religion. Special attention will be paid to: (1) the distinct emphasis on embodiment in the anthropological studies of women in religion; and (2) the feminist critique of the anthropology of religion.






二、指定用書(Text Books)

Required Texts will be selected from the following books:

Boddy, Janice. 1989. Wombs and Alien Spirits: Women, Men, and the Zar Cult in Northern Sudan.
Comaroff, Jean. 1985. Body of Power, Spirit of Resistance: The Culture and History of a South African People. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.
Haeri, Shahla. 1989. Law of Desire: Temporary Marriage in Shi’i Iran. Syracus, NY: Syracuse University Press.
Kendall, Laurel. 1985. Shamans, Housewives, and Other Restless Spirits: Women in Korean Ritual Life. Honolulu, HI: University of Hawai’i Press.
Ong, Aihwa. 1987. Spirits of Resistance and Capitalist Discipline: Factory Women in Malaysia. Albany, NY: SUNY Press.
Sered, Susan Starr. 1994. Priestess, Mother, Sacred Sister: Religions Dominated by Women. New York: Oxford University Press.

*Supplemental readings:
Bynum, Caroline Walker, Stevan Harrell, and Paula Richman (eds.), 1986. Gender and Religion: On the Complexity of Symbols. Boston: Beacon Press.
Hardacre, Helen. 1984, Lay Buddhism in Contemporary Japan: Reiyukai Kyodan. NJ: Princeton University Press.
Huang, Chien-yu Julia and Robert P. Weller. 1998. “Merit and Mothering” Journal of Asian Studies 57.
King, Ursula, ed. 1995. Religion and Gender. Oxford, UK, and Cambridge, USA: Blackwell. (especially Shaw, Rosalind. “Feminist Anthropology and the Gendering of Religious Studies,” pp. 65-76)







三、參考書籍(References)




四、教學方式(Teaching Method)




五、教學進度(Syllabus)

SCHEDULE
Week Date Topics and Readings

1 Feb 21 Introduction to the course organization and requirements

2 Feb 28 (2-28. NO CLASS)
Anthropologies of Religion and Gender
3 Mar 7 An Abridged Introduction to Anthropology of Religion
Durkheim, Emile. 1973. “Origin of the Idea of the Totemnic Principle or Mana” and “Elementary Forms of Religious Life,” in Emile Durkheim on Morality and Society, edited and with an introduction by Robert N. Bellah. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, pp. 167-223.
Geertz, Clifford. 1973. “Religion as a Cultural System,” in Interpretation of Cultures. New York: Basic Books, pp. 87-125.
Turner, Victor. 1967. “Betwixt and Between: The Liminal Period in Rites de Passage,” in The Forest of Symbols. Ithaca, NJ: Cornell University Press, pp. 93-111.
Huang, C. Julia. In press(2003). “Weeping in a Taiwanese Buddhist Charismatic Movement.” Ethnology.

4 Mar 14 An Abridged Introduction to Anthropology of Gender
Rosaldo, Michelle Z. 1974. “Woman, Culture, and Society: A Theoretical Overview,” in Women, Culture, and Society, edited by M. Z. Rosaldo and L. Lamphere. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, pp. 17-42.
Ortner, Sherry B., and Harriet Whitehead. 1981. “Introduction: Accounting for Sexual Meanings,” in Sexual Meanings: The Cultural Construction of Gender and Sexuality, edited by S. B. Ortner and H. Whitehead. New York: Cambridge University Press, pp. 1-27.
Martin, Emily. 1988. “Gender and Ideological Differences in Representation of Life and Death,” in Death Ritual in Late Imperial and Modern China, edited by J. L. Watson and E. S. Rawski. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, pp. 164-179.
Sa’ar, Amalia. 2001. “Lonely in Your Firm Grip: Women in Israeli-Palestinian Families.” Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 7(4): 723-39.
Thick Description
5 Mar 21 Kendall. 1985. Shamans, Housewives, and Other Restless Spirits
(whole book)

Embodiment and Resistance 1: Historical-Structuralism
6 Mar 28 Comaroff. 1985. Body of Power, Spirit of Resistance
(first half of the book)
7 Apr 4 (SPRING BREAK. NO CLASS)
8 Apr 11 [Abstract and Outline Due]
Comaroff. 1985. Body of Power, Spirit of Resistance
(second half of the book)
Embodiment and Resistance 2: Foucaultian and Capitalism
9 Apr 18 Ong. 1987. Spirits of Resistance and Capitalist Discipline
(first half of the book)
10 Apr 25 Ong. 1987. Spirits of Resistance and Capitalist Discipline
(second half of the book)
Embodiment and Text: Feminist Interpretivism
11 May 2 Boddy. 1989. Wombs and Alien Spirits (first half of the book)
12 May 9 Boddy. 1989. Wombs and Alien Spirits (second half of the book)
Embodiment and Law
13 May 16 [Annotated Bibliography Due]
Haeri, Shahla. 1989. Law of Desire: Temporary Marriage in Shi’i Iran
(first half of the book)
14 May 23 Haeri, Shahla. 1989. Law of Desire: Temporary Marriage in Shi’i Iran
(second half of the book)
Her Golden Bough
15 May 30 Sered, Susan Starr. 1994. Priestess, Mother, Sacred Sister
(first half of the book)
16 Jun 6 Sered, Susan Starr. 1994. Priestess, Mother, Sacred Sister
(second half of the book)

17 Jun 13 [Proposal Due] Student Presentations


六、成績考核(Evaluation)

Requirements and Grading
1. Attendance, Discussion, and Presentations (20%)
You are expected to finish the assigned reading before each meeting and to actively participate in every discussion throughout the term. Each week one participant may be assigned to give a 15-minute presentation/summary of the reading each week. You are required to attend all classes because group participation and discussion are crucial to this seminar. In case of illness or some other emergency, you should contact me before class. If it is necessary to miss a class, you are responsible for seeking assistance from other students or me to make up work and should do so in a timely manner. More than three absences will lower your final grade. Excessive absences in the course could result in failure. Your performance in class (attendance, discussion, and presentation) will account for 20% of your final grade.

2. Weekly Reading Reflection (20%).
On each Thursday you are required to e-mail me a 1-page reflection on the readings for the next meeting on Friday. This 1-page reflection may be questions and/or comments relevant to the readings of the week. It is due by 2 PM (for example, the reflection on the reading assignment for Friday, March 7, is due at 2 PM, Thursday, March 6). The objective is to ensure a lively and meaningful discussion.

3. Research Proposal (total: 60%): abstract and outline (10%); annotated bibliography (10%); proposal (40%)

Deadlines. Late written assignments (weekly assignments, two short papers, and two take-home exams) will be marked down 5 points for each day they are late.

Plagiarism. Any assignment containing plagiarized material will be given a zero


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