Technologies of Reproduction

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Culture and Media

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Technologies of Reproduction

Fall 2018

Taught By: Rachel Greenspan

Section: A

CRN: 7735

Credits: 4

Women’s access to reproductive rights has long provoked political, religious, and medical controversy. Moving beyond familiar debates over the morality of birth control and abortion, this course will explore the broader philosophical and material implications of human reproduction in view of its increasing mechanization. How have technological advancements shifted cultural understandings of pregnancy and birth as “natural” biological process? How do histories of slavery and eugenics inform public discourse on population control, cloning, “anchor babies,” reproductive dysfunction, and in vitro fertilization (IVF)? How is medical technology mobilized in the surveillance, management, and/or empowerment of women’s bodies? Course readings will approach pregnancy as both a political status and as a unique condition of bodily transformation, addressing feminist scholarship on breast feeding, beauty ideals, fetal personhood, trans pregnancy, surrogacy, and the idealization of reproductive femininity. We will also consider the political economy of reproduction: the material costs of birth control, assisted reproductive technologies, domestic care, global overpopulation, and the asymmetrical burdens of childrearing across gender, race, and class differences. Popular women’s magazines will be treated with the same analytic rigor as brief theoretical texts by Walter Benjamin, Friedrich Engels, Shulamith Firestone, Barbara Johnson, Luce Irigaray, Lee Edelman, Dorothy Roberts, Margaret Mead, Angela Davis, Asha Nadkarni, Loretta Ross, and others. The instructor of this course is Rachel Greenspan. [Track C]

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Culture and Media (LCST)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 10:30pm 1/17/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 10:00am - 11:40am

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 1102

Date Range: 8/28/2018 - 12/13/2018