The Time of Women


Mastering fundamental concepts of feminist theory as: woman, feminism, female, sex, gender identity and to recognize the prospects associated with them. They must be able to formulate relevant questions linked to the theme of women and/or gender, thus contributing to the enrichment of the formulation: what it means to be a woman? They must Identify the political and social events which led to the upsurge of women´s movements either at late nineteenth or twentieth centuries. To understand the feminist thought(s) associated with the different \"waves\" and relate them with the main dominant theories. To recognise the particularities of feminist movements and the disruptions on social and cultural mainstream.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Ana Lúcia Albano Teixeira


Weekly - 3

Total - 280

Teaching language





BUTLER, J. (1990). Gender Trouble. Feminism and the Subversion of Identity. Londres: Routledge COLLIN, F. (1999). Le Différend des Sexes. Nantes: Éditions Pleins Feux Macedo, A. G. (org.) (2002). Género, identidade e desejo - Antologia Crítica do Feminismo Contemporâneo. Lisboa: Edições Cotovia JOAQUIM, T . & Galhardo, A. (org) (2003). Novos Olhares, Passado e Presente nos Estudos sobre as Mulheres em Portugal. Lisboa: Celta MACEDO, A.G. & Amaral, A.L. (orgs) (2005). Dicionário de Crítica Feminista. Porto: Edições Afrontamento KRISTEVA, J. (1981). \"Women´s Time\" in Catherine Belsey and Jane Moore (eds) (1997) The Feminist Reader. Essays in Gender and Politics of Literary Criticism. Londres: Macmillan Press, 201-216

Teaching method

The diversity of scientific origin and experience of the students requires a very active and participative methodology, in which the exchange of life experiences becomes a learning resource. Papers distributed in advance and subsequently analysed and worked in class are often used. Lectures are interspersed with analysis of materials (texts, illustrations, magazines, artistic expressions, ...) that can be analyzed in a group or individually.

Evaluation method

Assessment is continuous and focuses on small products or interventions in class and culminates in the writing of an essay. Subsequently, indiduai essays are presented and discussed in class what consists on a rich and diverse learning moment for everybody.(100%)

Subject matter

The idea of time and its relationship with the women´s studies The dawn of European feminism Feminine and feminism: particularities and contexts of emergence and development of the twentieth century feminism(s), particularly in Portugal. Social movements with the greatest impact on the emergence of feminisms
Second wave of feminism: the emancipation of the body, the release of the word; Appropriation/deconstruction of dominant speech: Feminism (s) and epistemological ruptures
Universalism / differentialism / essentialism The construction of identity \"woman / women\" New trends: queer studies, postcolonial studies, studies on identity.


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