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Feminism, Empire and Postcoloniality

Semester and Year FA 2019
Course Number IDSEM-UG1523
Section 001
Instructor Marie Cruz Soto
Days TR
Time 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Units 4
Level U
Requirement   HUM, GLOBAL


This course may be combined with a 2-credit, competitive internship arranged by Gallatin. Internship information will be forthcoming


Jamaica Kincaid once said, “I now consider anger as a badge of honor. [It is] the first step to claiming yourself.” Anger, rather than Betty Friedan’s “problem that has no name,” has haunted the life of many women whose negotiations of the meaning of gender, race and sexuality are marked by the violence of colonial-imperial encounters. Accordingly, this course examines the following questions: How have colonial-imperial encounters shaped the imagination of gender, race and sexuality? How have women built feminist solidarities amidst, or perhaps based on, the shared experience of violence and anger? In turn, how has the imagination of gender, race and sexuality redefined the histories of colonies and empires? To pursue these questions, course readings include literary and other scholarly texts engaging feminist and postcolonial theory. Readings range from Kincaid’s  The Autobiography of My Mother  and Rigoberta Menchú’s  I, Rigoberta Menchu: An Indian Woman in Guatemala  to other texts by scholars like Uma Narayan, Patricia Mohammed, Vandana Shiva, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak and Ann Stoler.


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Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)