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American Feminist Theories and Fictions

Faculté de gestion: Faculté des lettres

Responsable(s): Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet
Intervenant(s): -

Période de validité: 2009 -> 2009

Pas d'horaire défini.


Semestre de printemps
2 heures par semaine
28 heures par semestre

Langue(s) d'enseignement: anglais
Public: Oui
Crédits: 0


This seminar for Master's students only will focus on American feminism from the First Wave to the present through a combined reading of theoretical and literary texts. We will begin with the founding of American feminism in 1848 at Seneca Falls and look at the work of Charlotte Perkins Gilman ("The Yellow Wallpaper"), Susan Glaspell ("A Jury of Her Peers"), Betty Friedan (The Feminine Mystique), Margaret Atwood (The Handmaid's Tale), and Adrienne Rich, among others. We will also study and debate the issues raised by African American and Chicana feminism, the "sex wars" of the 1980s (which pitted the anti-pornography feminists against the "pro-sex" and lesbian s&m movement), Judith Butler's Gender Trouble, Third Wave Feminism such as the "riot grrrl" movement, and the rise of masculinity studies. The seminar is organized on the assumption that most students will have had little or no previous exposure to historical or literary feminism, but students with such background will be able to deepen and complicate their knowledge through close readings of literary texts. The skills taught in this class include critical reading and analysis of fictional texts as well as historical documents and will be assessed through an oral presentation and a final essay.

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