What is theory? For that matter, what is feminism? How does theory matter to feminism? To address these questions we will read a wide range of theorists who consider subjectivity, identity, power, gender, sexuality, sexual difference, transnational feminism, and social movement. Throughout the semester we will analyze a contradiction at the heart of feminist theories and practices: gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, and class are interdependent social/subjective identities (each depends on the others for its meaning), yet these identities are also importantly autonomous (each stands alone).
Effective Citizenship, Ethical Reasoning
Effective Citizenship: we will be considering the complexities of identity politics and will discuss how feminism is an achieved political position that necessarily engages questions of social equality and democratic representation.
Ethical Reasoning: we will study the forces of oppression and exploitation and the ethical values of freedom, equality, and democracy; we will consider feminism as an ethical as well as political engagement.
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|Course Format: Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Prerequisites: ([HIST273 or AFAM272 or FGSS271] AND [FGSS128 or PHIL128]) OR [PHIL280 or FGSS278] OR [FGSS210 or ENGL211] OR [FGSS207 or ANTH207] OR [FGSS269 or HIST179] OR [PHIL277 or FGSS277] OR [FGSS241 or SISP241] OR [FGSS293 or SISP293]
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CSCT)(ENGL)(ENGL-Literature)(FGSS)(HRAD-MN)(SISP-FGSS Conc)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Patricia Williams, THE ALCHEMY OF RACE AND RIGHTS
Judith Butler, EXCITABLE SPEECH: A POLITICS OF THE PERFORMATIVE
David Eng, RACIAL CASTRATION: MANAGING MASCULINITY IN ASIAN AMERICA
Amber Hollibaugh, MY DANGEROUS DESIRES: A QUEER GIRL DREAMING HER WAY HOME
Saidiya Hartman, Joan Scott, Evelyn Nakano Glenn, Jacques Derrida, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Zakia Pathak & Rajeswari Sunjder Rajan, Karl Marx, Saskia Sassen, Rhacel Salazar, Parreñas, Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Combahee River Collective, Michel Foucault, Toni Morrison, Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, Cherrie Moraga and Gloria Andalzua, José Muñoz, Sigmund Freud, Kate Bornstein, Janet R. Jakobsen, Lani Guiner
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Two 3 page papers, one graded oral presentation, 10-12 page final paper.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course requires background in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Preference will be given to Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies majors who have completed FGSS101, FGSS207/ANTH207, FGSS210/ENGL211, FGSS241/SISP241, FGSS269/HIST179, FGSS271/HIST273/AFAM272, FGSS277/PHIL277, FGSS278/PHIL280, or FGSS293/SISP293. This course counts toward the English Department's Theory requirement.
|Instructor(s): Crosby,Christina Times: ..T.R.. 01:10PM-02:30PM; Location: DWNY100; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 20||SR major: 5||JR major: 13|| || |
|Seats Available: -3||GRAD: 0||SR non-major: 0||JR non-major: 2||SO: X||FR: X|
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