COMPLIT 760 - Seminar in Literature and the Other Arts
Section: 002 Film & Lit by Women of Color
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Comparative Literature (COMPLIT)
Department: LSA Comparative Literature
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of department.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Graduate standing.
May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

What is a moralistic reading? What is an ideological reading? And barbaric? And ethical? These questions are all the more acute when we read the works of women of color: How do we learn to read otherwise? How do we teach it? Do the works themselves demands us a certain reading? The purpose of this seminar is to read. Or rather to engage deeply and complexly with works by authors, poets, filmmakers, and fine artists who identify themselves as women of color within the broader feminist discourse. We will theorize their position in light of other competing debates, attentive to questions of genres, geopolitical maps, and temporal sensibilities. We will pay close attention to language and the nuances of representation on relevant issues such as body, sexuality, emotions, exclusion, alienation, diversity, agency, trauma and pain, both intimately, on a personal level, and systematically, on institutional level. In addition to refining our reading strategies, we will continue to explore ways to recalibrate our critical tools while rethinking our own expectations and reading practices. What is the role of literature and other artistic expressions within the broader politics of ideas, interpretation, and meaning making? Our dynamic discussions will use the opportunity to elaborate on on-going conversations in Women’s Studies and Comparative Literature such as queer theory, intersectionality, disability, racialization, translation, and performance. Some authors and artists that we will cover include Adania Shibli, Suheir Hammad, Joni Murphy, bell hooks, Claudia Rankine Kara Walker, Marthe Djilo Kamga, Ronit Elkabetz and Shlomi Elkabetz.

Course Requirements:

In addition to weekly participation in the seminar, students will write a publishable book review and a final paper of 15- 20 pages.

COMPLIT 760 - Seminar in Literature and the Other Arts
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
W 4:00PM - 7:00PM
002 (SEM)
Th 4:00PM - 7:00PM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.

ISBN: 1566568633
We are all equally far from love, Author: by Adania Shibli ; translated from the Arabic by Paul Starkey., Publisher: Clockroot Books 1st Americ 2012
ISBN: 0684843269
For colored girls who have considered suicide, when the rainbow is enuf : a choreopoem, Author: Ntozake Shange, Publisher: Scribner Poetry 1. Scribne 1997
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 1555976905
Citizen : an american lyric., Publisher: Graywolf 2014
ISBN: 1616955023
Breath, Eyes, Memory, Author: Edwidge Danticat, Publisher: Soho Press; Anniversary edition 2015
ISBN: 1400033438
Sula, Author: Toni Morrison ; [with a new foreword by the author]., Publisher: Vintage International 1st Vintag 2004
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780452275690
No telephone to heaven, Author: Cliff, Michelle, Publisher: Plume 1996
Ronit Matalon, Sound of our steps
ISBN: 0865478112
Ants Among Elephants, Author: Sujatha Gidla, Publisher: farrar 2017
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