SAS 455 - Topics in South Asian Studies
Section: 001 Gender and Sexuality in South Asia
Term: FA 2010
Subject: South Asian Studies (SAS)
Department: LSA II: S. Asian Studies
Advisory Prerequisites:
Juniors, Seniors, and Grad students.
May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Rackham Information:
Rackham credit requires additional work.
Primary Instructor:

This course is designed to teach students about global and comparative feminisms through an in-depth study of specific places and their histories, cultures, politics and socio-economic conditions. We will be focusing on the region of South Asia, The seminar is organized around three central themes. First, we will explore the role of "difference," that is of, nationality, sexuality, caste and class, and religion in shaping women's identities and activities in the region. Second, we will address the social and economic structures which constrain women in the family, workplace and community. Third, we will examine women's resistance and participation in social and political movements. The course will use an in-depth study of a specific region to address ways in which feminist analysis can approach the study of non-western women. The course will provide an basic introduction to the historical context of colonialism and nationalism that shaped the rise of modern nation-states in the region and examine the gendered nature of these historical processes. The course will then primarily focus on the contemporary period. The course will focus primarily on contemporary India and will also address gender and sexuality in Pakistan and Bangladesh. If students have interests in countries in the region not covered through assigned readings, they will be encouraged to introduce these interests through class discussions and assignments.

SAS 455 - Topics in South Asian Studies
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001 (SEM)
8Graduate Standing
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: Upper level undergraduate students can contact the instructor for permission to register for this class.
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ISBN: 0472067842
Invitations to love : literacy, love letters, and social change in Nepal, Author: Laura M. Ahearn., Publisher: University of Michigan Press 2001
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0815632096
Transforming faith : the story of Al-Huda and Islamic revivalism among urban Pakistani women, Author: Sadaf Ahmad., Publisher: Syracuse University Press 1st ed. 2009
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0231141572
Reshaping the holy : democracy, development, and Muslim women in Bangladesh, Author: Elora Shehabuddin., Publisher: Columbia University Press 2008
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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