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"Third World" Women's Writing

Semester and Year FA 2017
Course Number IDSEM-UG1926
Section 001
Instructor Sophia Azeb
Days MW
Time 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
Units 4
Level U
Requirement   HUM, GLOBAL



Initially coined by French anthropologist Alfred Sauvy to categorize “developing” nations unaligned with major world powers during the Cold War, the term “Third World” was repurposed by politicians, intellectuals, and cultural workers from anti-colonial nations as a project of people-centered unity. While Third Worldist literature and theory is much studied over the last half-century, it tends to be associated with men and cultures of masculinity. This course seeks to place the theory and literature developed by women of the “Third World” at the center of a conversation on the conditions of coloniality and emancipation from the entwined tyrannies of imperial, racial, and gendered oppressions. In short, this course asks how African, Asian, Caribbean, and other Third Worldist women writers imagined and defined what liberation truly meant in the twentieth century, and what it means today. Students will read critical transnational feminist theory and scholarship by Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Trinh T. Minh-ha, and Carole Boyce Davies alongside writings across literary genres by such authors as Maryse Condé, Marie NDiaye, and Salwa al Neimi.


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Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)