WOMENSTD 343 - Special Topics in Gender, Race, and Ethnicity in the U.S.
Section: 001 Queering U.S. Immigration History
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Women's Studies (WOMENSTD)
Department: LSA Women's Studies
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May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
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What does it mean to “queer” the history of immigration and immigrant communities in the United States? Queering, a practice that makes explicit and then decenters norms, first leads us to question who has been normalized as an “immigrant” in the United States. We will ask what role women have played in patterns of immigration and how shifting the focus to women changes our understanding of immigrant paradigms. Queering, as it relates specifically to sexuality, also demands an examination of sexual practices, identities, and desires in immigrant communities and the effects of migration on such practices, identities, and desires. Finally, queering requires that we question the normative framework of the field of U.S. immigration history itself. How does the phrase “nation of immigrants” function as a paradigm in the United States? What political and ideological work does this concept do? This course will explore these issues through a variety of texts, including primary sources, films, historical scholarship, and critical theory.

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The required components of this course are: participation and attendance; generating weekly discussion questions; a class presentation; and a final research paper.

WOMENSTD 343 - Special Topics in Gender, Race, and Ethnicity in the U.S.
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001 (SEM)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Note: Intended Audience: Women's Studies majors, Gender, Race, and Nation and LGBTQS studies minors. Students who are not Women's Studies majors GRN or LGBTQS minors, but have taken some Women's Studies classes, may email the instructor to request for permission to enroll.
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