This course will consider feminist theory, practice, and politics through a transnational lens. Using interdisciplinary methods, including historical analysis, cultural theory, queer theory, critical race theory, and postcolonial and diaspora studies, this course will ask students to engage with a range of texts that contribute to our understanding of what feminist thought is and how a feminist politics might function.
Moving both chronologically and topically, this course will present feminism--as philosophy, scholarly critique, and political movement--as a process (or a range of processes) of trying to come to terms with forms of cultural power, resource inequality, and modes of institutional oppression. As such, the course will interrogate concepts such as empire, imperialism, community, and nation. We will think about the ways in which feminism responds to central identifications such as race, ethnicity, sexuality, and gender. Formative class queries will focus on the ethical project(s) of feminism(s), diverse and contradictory understandings of a feminist project, and how feminism might create, react, and respond to global issues of rights and recognition.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Cynthia Enloe, THE CURIOUS FEMINIST: SEARCHING FOR WOMEN IN A NEW AGE OF EMPIRE
All of the other readings will be uploaded to Moodle, including articles and excerpts from texts such as:
Gloria Anzaldua, BORDERLANDS/LA FRONTERA
Laura Briggs, REPRODUCING EMPIRE: RACE, SEX, SCIENCE, AND U.S. IMPERIALISM IN PUERTO RICO
Judith Butler, PRECARIOUS LIFE: THE POWERS OF MOURNING AND VIOLENCE
Alicia Schmidt Camacho, MIGRANT IMAGINARIES: LATINO CULTURAL POLITICS IN THE U.S.-MEXICO BORDERLANDS
Kimberle Crenshaw, "Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence Against Women of Color"
Inderpal Grewal, TRANSNATIONAL AMERICA: FEMINISMS, DIASPORAS, NEOLIBERALISMS
Amy Kaplan, "Manifest Domesticity"
Reina Lewis, "On Veiling, Vision, and Voyage"
Audre Lorde, "An Open Letter to Mary Daly"
Saba Mahmood, "Feminism, Democracy and Empire: Islam and the War of Terror"
Melani McAlister, EPIC ENCOUNTERS: CULTURE, MEDIA, AND U.S. INTERESTS IN THE MIDDLE EAST SINCE 1945
Anne McClintick, IMPERIAL LEATHER: RACE, GENDER, AND SEXUALITY IN THE COLONIAL CONTEST
Chandra Talpade Mohanty, "Under Western Eyes: Feminist Scholarship and Colonial Discourses"
Gayle Rubin, "The Traffic in Women"
Chela Sandoval, "US Third World Feminism: The Theory and Method of Oppositional Consciousness in the Postmodern World."
Rosario San Miguel, UNDER THE BRIDGE: STORIES FROM THE BORDER
Gayatri Spivak, "Can the Subaltern Speak?"
Melissa Wright, DISPOSABLE WOMEN AND OTHER MYTHS OF GLOBAL CAPITALISM
Jasbir Puar, TERRORIST ASSEMBLAGES: HOMONATIONALISM IN QUEER TIMES
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Course requirements include 1 midterm paper--approx. 5 pages (response to essay prompts); 1 final research paper--approx. 15-20 pages (individual topic choice); and responsibility for leading 1 class discussion.
|Instructor(s): Grappo,Laura Times: .....F. 01:10PM-04:00PM; Location: CAMS 1; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 15||SR major: 5||JR major: 5|| || |
|Seats Available: 4||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 3||JR non-major: 2||SO: 0||FR: X|
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