This course is constructed to expose students to the unique historical influences that helped change - and even to create - modern concepts of birth, of motherhood, and of the "right" to participate in the activities of a once all-female profession. Concepts of identity and the translation of practice from one country and culture to another (from France, to Britain, to America) will be addressed, while students are given the opportunity to see the places and artifacts central to those changes. Classroom and experiential learning will focus upon five areas of cultural (re)production: birth in literary fiction, in scientific/medical treatise; in journalistic debate; in visual representations from the medical theatre; in education/pedagogy and the salon; and through religious influence (particularly the difference between the Catholic French tradition and the Protestant British tradition).
Travel Dates for this trip will be May 10-18, 2012 in Paris and May 21-June 1, 2012 in Winona.
Pre-departure course meeting dates and post-trip course meeting dates will be announced.
Information Meeting October 14th at 6 PM in Minne 334.
• Tours of the Dali museum, the Sacred Heart Cathedral, and the hilltop artist community
• Trip to the Museum national d'Histoire naturelle, the Louvre, and the Eiffel Tower