What is feminist theory? What is its role vis-à-vis feminist movement, and how has this role evolved since the advent of second-wave feminism during the civil rights era? This course will examine various, and often conflicting, responses to these large questions by tracing contemporary developments in feminist theory. We will consider how feminism has been articulated in relation to theories of representation, subjectivity, history, sexuality, technology, and globalization, among others, paying particular attention to the unstable nexus of gender, sexual, racial, and class differences.
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 or AMST284] AND [AFAM205 or FGSS217]) OR ([FGSS210 or ENGL211 or AMST281] AND [FGSS238 or AFAM238]) OR ([FGSS207 or ANTH207] AND [ANTH226 or ARCP226 or FGSS237]) OR ([FGSS269 or HIST179] AND [FGSS242 or AFAM242]) OR [FGSS2
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CSCT)(ENGL)(ENGL-TLF Conc)(FGSS)(SISP-FGSS Conc)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Authors include Bell Hooks, Diana Fuss, Angela Davis, Kimberle Crenshaw, Gayle Rubin, Luce Irigaray, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Patricia Williams, Cherrie Moraga, Gloria Anzaldua, Janet Jakobsen, Judith Butler, Anne Fausto-Sterling, Judith Halberstam, Amber Hollibaugh, Adrienne Rich, Michel Foucault, Lisa Duggan, Donna Haraway, M. Jacqui Alexander, Chandra Talpade Mohanty
|Examination and Assignments: |
Two 4-5 page papers, one oral presentation, 12 page final paper. Students choosing the research option will complete a semester long research project, culminating in a 25 page 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, FGSS 128/PHIL128, FGSS210/ENGL211, FGSS241/SISP241, FGSS254/SOC223, FGSS269/HIST179, FGSS271/HIST273/AFAM272, FGSS277/PHIL277, FGSS278/PHIL280, or FGSS293/SISP293. This course fulfills the English Department's Theory and Literatures of Difference requirements for the major, and the research option requirement for thesis writers.
|Instructor(s): Crosby,Christina Times: ...W.F. 01:10PM-02:30PM; Location: ALLB304; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 20||SR major: 5||JR major: 13|| || |
|Seats Available: 2||GRAD: 0||SR non-major: 2||JR non-major: 0||SO: 0||FR: 0|