WOMENSTD 698 - Special Seminar
Section: 001 Reading, Unreading and Rereading: Works by Women of Color
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Women's Studies (WOMENSTD)
Department: LSA Women's Studies
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Graduate standing, and one graduate course in WOMENSTD.
May be repeated for credit.
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.

WOMENSTD 698 - Special Seminar
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
4Graduate Standing
Th 4:00PM - 7:00PM
Note: This course is open primarily to first- and second-year Women's Studies doctoral students, by permission of the department. Other Women's Studies PhD students may enroll, with permission of the department.
002 (SEM)
M 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Note: Graduate students only.
003 (SEM)
M 5:00PM - 8:00PM
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