UO Psychology 607 Graduate Seminar

Winter 2017

Feminist Lens on Trauma

Instructor Jennifer Freyd


CRN: 26861
Grading option: Optional
Credits: 2-3
Tuesdays 3:00-4:50
Straub 483

Overview: In this seminar, we will read perspectives on trauma from feminist scholars including psychologists, sociologists, philosophers, historians, and novelists.

Course Work: Students will be expected to attend all class meetings, do all assigned readings, and to participate actively in seminar discussion. In addition, each participant will lead a class discussion and, in advance of the class meeting, email to the class discussion questions by the Friday at noon before the Tuesday class. By the Thursday at noon following the class, the student(s) leading discussion will email to the class a document including the discussion questions, any other presentation material, and capturing important discussion points from class.

General Policies and Resources: Please see the Psychology of Trauma syllabus for policies and links regarding academic integrity, accommodations, disclosures, etc., and a list of community and campus resources.

Books: In addition to scholarly articles, we will read one short story, two novels, and one autobiography over the course of the term. Most weeks this will involve about 75 pages of novel/autobiography reading. The three books are: Otsuka, Julie (2002) When the Emperor was Divine; Coetzee, J.M. (1999) Disgrace; Angelou, Maya (1969) I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

Additional Readings Lists

In creating the readings list for this course, I collected possible books and aricles. Some are actually assigned, some not. The lists are included here for your further reading and exploring.

Possible fiction for the seminar:

Possible autobiography for the seminar:

Possible non fiction books for the seminar:

Possible articles:


Weekly Reading Assignments

Week 1, January 10

Assignment: Come to class prepared to discuss (1) your definition of feminism and (2) your definition of trauma


Week 2, January 17

Discussion Leader: Melissa Barnes


Week 3, January 24

Discussion Leader: Kristen Reinhardt


Week 4, January 31

Discussion Leader: Aleksandria Grabow


Week 5, February 7

Discussion Leader: Marina Rosenthal


Week 6, February 14

Discussion Leaders: Elizabeth Balskus & Katherine Hagan


Week 7, February 21,

Discussion Leaders: Katie Denning & Sarah Horn



Week 8, February 28

Discussion Leaders: Cressa Perloff & Jennifer Gómez

Special Guest: Jennifer Gómez



Week 9, March 7

Discussion Leader: Pam Birrell



Week 10, March 14

Discussion Leaders: Monika Lind & Dana Rognlie



Jennifer Freyd <jjf@dynamic.uoregon.edu>