WOMENSTD 435 - Advanced Topics in Gender in a Global Context
Section: 001 Sex, Race, and Empire: Queer Theory, Postcolonial Theory, and the Literatures of U.S. Imperialism
Term: FA 2009
Subject: Women's Studies (WOMENSTD)
Department: LSA Women's Studies
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May be elected twice for credit.
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This course reads U.S. literature through the lenses of both postcolonial theory — which is concerned with the material and discursive effects of the historical condition of colonialism and race — and queer theory — which is concerned with the material and discursive effects of power, usually in terms of sex and sexuality. We will have three objectives. First, we will get back to basics by exploring some of the canonical critical and theoretical works in both postcolonial studies and queer studies; second, we will investigate in what ways these two theories might hook up; and, third, we will read a range of U.S. literary and filmic texts through the lenses both theories offer. These objectives will hopefully be accomplished not so much in that order but rather as seamless integrations with each other. Literary texts may include Nella Larsen, Zitkala Sa, James Baldwin, Claude McKay, Djuna Barnes, Cherríe Moraga, Audre Lorde, Monique Truong, R. Zamora Linmark, David Henry Hwang, and Leslie Feinberg.

WOMENSTD 435 - Advanced Topics in Gender in a Global Context
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001 (SEM)
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: Meets with English 414-001
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