History | Global Feminisms
H661 | 11678 | Bucur-Deckard

A portion of the above class reserved for majors
Above class open to graduates only
Above class meets with GNDR-G 701

Global Feminisms, joint-listed in English, History, Gender Studies,
and Cultural Studies, will be an inter-disciplinary course on key
debates involving the status of women and feminist agency
internationally. Organized around keywords such
as “Gender,” “Subalternity,” “Resistance,” “Citizenship,” “Sexuality,
” and “Colonialism,” the course explores these terms in different
geopolitical contexts such as Europe, South Asia, and the Middle
East. Our aim is to identify patriarchal paradigms that might be
similar in these regions even as we engage with the specificities of
the histories of different geographies. Our course materials will
draw from feminist theory, feminist historiography, novels and
films.  Students should expect to engage actively in class
discussion and produce papers that engage each these debates in a
transnational/comparative framework, making use of the
interdisciplinary theoretical tools offered in the course.  Our
readings will include Cynthia Enloe, "Bananas, Beaches and Bases";
Joan Scott, "Parite!"; Meghan De La Hunt, "In the Casa Azul"; Bapsi
Sidhwa, "Cracking India"; Sahar Khalifa, "Wild Thorns";  Margaretta
D’Arcy, "Tell Them Everything"; as well as selections from books and
articles by scholars such as Rajeshawari Sunder Rajan, Gayle Rubin,
Geoff Eley, Nira Yuval-Davis, Dan Haley, and Carol Pateman.