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Global Feminisms

ENGL 294.401
crosslisted as: COML 291, GSWS 296
instructor(s):
W 2-5:00
fulfills requirements:
Sector 1: Theory and Poetics of the Standard Major
Sector 2: Difference and Diaspora of the Standard Major
Sector 6: 20th Century Literature of the Standard Major
Elective Seminar of the Standard Major

Feminism has both united women and also generated debates between women of different races, locations and sexual orientations, not just across the world but also within the US.

This course provides you with an opportunity to read and think about these alliances and differences. We will engage with writings that range over questions of racial, religious and ethnic difference, Black and “third world” women in the West, as well as feminist developments within the global South. We will consider key writings about race, the family, sexuality, the body and agency. Topics covered will be varied; and include reproductive justice, violence against women, global trafficking, the environmental crisis, gender and nationalism, and new forms of female labor.

Requirements: consistent class participation, weekly posts (1-2 pages), one short (3 page paper) and a final examination.

Satisfies the Cross Cultural Requirement of the College's General Education Curriculum; Fulfills Sectors 1 and 2 of the English major.