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Transnational Feminism: Literature, Theory & Practice

TERM 1

Week 1: Introduction to Transnational Feminisms: key concepts and debates (Powerpoint Presentation) 

Week 2: Jean Rhys, Voyage in the Dark (Powerpoint Presentation) Group 1 (Word Document) Group 2 (Powerpoint Presentation)

Week 3: PowerPoint (Powerpoint Presentation) Handout (Word Document)

Sander L. Gilman, “Black Bodies, White Bodies: Toward an Iconography of Female Sexuality in Late Nineteenth-Century Art, Medicine, and Literature”, in Henry Louis Gates, Jr., ed. “Race”, Writing, and Difference (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1986).

Anne McClintock, “’Massa’ and Maids: Power and Desire in the Imperial Metropolis”, in Imperial Leather: Race, Gender and Sexuality in the Colonial Contest (London: Routledge, 1995).

Week 4: PowerPoint (Powerpoint Presentation)

Antoinette Burton, “The White Woman’s Burden: British Feminists and ‘the Indian Woman’, 1865-1914”, in Nupur Chaudhuri and Margaret Strobel, eds. Western Women and Imperialism: Complicity and Resistance (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1992); pp. 137-157.

Inderpal Grewal, “The Culture of Travel and the Gendering of Colonial Modernity in Nineteenth-Century India”, Home and Harem: Nation, Gender, Empire, and the Cultures of Travel (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1996).

Week 5: Rabindranath Tagore, The Home and the World - PowerPoint (Powerpoint Presentation) Handout (Word Document) Group Presentation (Powerpoint Presentation)

Week 7: My PowerPoint (Powerpoint Presentation) Group 2 Presentation (Powerpoint Presentation)

Partha Chatterjee, “The Nation and its Women” and “Women and the Nation”, in The Nation and its Fragments (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1993)

Kamala Visweswaran, “Betrayal: An Analysis in Three Acts”, in Fictions of Feminist Ethnography (Minneapolis: the University of Minnesota Press, 1994)

Rebecca Gould, “Engendering Critique: Postnational Feminism in Postcolonial Syria” WSQ: Women's Studies Quarterly 42:3&4 (Fall/Winter 2014): 209-229

Week 8: Jamaica Kincaid, Lucy - PowerPoint (Powerpoint Presentation) Handout (Word Document)

Week 9: PowerPoint (Powerpoint Presentation) Handout (Word Document)

Chandra Mohanty, “Women Workers and Capitalist Scripts: Ideologies of Domination, Common Interests, and the Politics of Solidarity”, in Alexander and Mohanty, eds. Feminist Genealogies, Colonial Legacies (1997): 3-29.

Maria Mies, “Colonization and Housewifization”, from Rosemary Hennesy and Chrys Ingraham, eds. Materialist Feminism (1997): 175-185. (or, essay in reading pack)

Pun Ngai, “Becoming Dagongmei: Subject, Gender and Power in a Global Workplace” (conference paper from 2002)

Week 10: Gloria Anzaldua, Borderlands - PowerPoint (Powerpoint Presentation) Handout(Word Document)

TERM 2

Week 1: Mahasweta Devi, “The Hunt”, “Draupadi” and “Douloti the Bountiful” - PowerPoint (Powerpoint Presentation) Handout (Word Document)

Week 2: Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak “Can the Subaltern Speak?” and Joan W. Scott “The Evidence of Experience”

PowerPoint (Powerpoint Presentation) Handout (Word Document)

Week 3: Kamila Shamsie, Burnt Shadows - PowerPoint (Powerpoint Presentation) Handout (Word Document)

Week 4: Nawal el Saadawi, Woman at Point Zero, Frantz Fanon, “Unveiling Algeria”, Sadia Abbas, "The Echo Chamber of Freedom: The Muslim Woman and the Pretext of Agency" - PowerPoint (Powerpoint Presentation) Handout (Word Document)

Week 5: Assia Djebar’s Fantasia: An Algerian Cavalcade - PowerPoint (Powerpoint Presentation) Handout (Word Document)

Week 7: Tsitsi Dangarembga, Nervous Conditions - PowerPoint (Powerpoint Presentation) Handout (Word Document)

Week 8: PowerPoint (Powerpoint Presentation) Handout (Word Document)

Donna Haraway, “A Manifesto for Cyborgs”

Francoise Lionnet, “Feminisms and Universalisms: ‘Universal Rights’ and the Legal Debate Around the Practice of Female Excision in France”

Week 9: Monica Ali, Brick Lane - PowerPoint (Powerpoint Presentation) Handout (Word Document)

Week 10: Jacqui Alexander, “Whose New World Order? Teaching for Justice” - PowerPoint (Powerpoint Presentation) Handout (Word Document)