COMPLIT 122 - Writing World Literatures
Section: 005 Writing from the Margins: Gender, Race, Class, Sexuality, and Disability
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Comparative Literature (COMPLIT)
Department: LSA Comparative Literature
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
FYWR
Other:
WorldLit
Waitlist Capacity:
100
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

In this class, we will look at a series of texts from different cultural times and milieus that particularly deal with the intersections between writing and the issues of gender, class, race, sexuality, disability, and privilege. Some of the fundamental questions we will ask include but are not limited to: What does it mean to write as a (Black) woman, gay, lesbian, trans person, genderqueer, intersex, racialized Other or disabled person? Is the act of writing neutral or does writing always entail a gendered, racialized, sexualized, classed, able-bodied, and privileged position? How do members of marginalized groups use the medium of writing to challenge institutionalized writing conventions? What does it mean to write from the margins? What does writing mean politically and ideologically in different cultural and historical contexts? We will try to reflect on these questions by reading/discussing scholarly essays, manifestos, autobiographies, and newspaper columns that express the voices of the marginalized communities from different historical and contextual frameworks (France, Turkey, USA, Brazil, Mexico, Iran etc.).

Although we will orient our discussions about writing around these themes, we will spend a considerable amount of time on refining our practical writing skills. The main purpose of the class will be to acquire academic writing skills (such as close reading, critical analysis, and developing an individualized writing process) and discursive strategies that we can use not only for the exploration of above-mentioned themes, but also within different areas of study and research. Through several short and long papers, reflective cover letters, peer review workshops, and class discussions, we will strive to become better thinkers, readers, and writers.

COMPLIT 122 - Writing World Literatures
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