WS376 Between Woman and Nation Syllabus

WS376 Between Woman and Nation Syllabus - MySpring2010

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My Spring 2010 WS376 Between Woman and Nation:  Gender, Sexuality, Borders and Crossing MWF 1:00pm to 1:50pm, 210 Norton Instructor: Theresa Warburton Office Hours: TBA/by  appt mail:  theresa.warburton@gmail.com   Office: 706 Clemens Hall Phone: 716.886.1584 Mailbox: 732 Clemens Hall Course Description and Goals: In this class, we will seek an answer to the following question: what happens to gender, national,  racial and sexual identities when ‘borders’ are crossed? In this context, ‘borders’ refers to  physical borders such as national borders but also ideological borders, such as popular social  norms. To begin to enter into such a conversation, we will need to think about and respond to  questions such as: are gender and sexuality static identities? Does the ‘citizen’ have a gender? A  sexuality? Can crossing national borders affect one’s gender or sexual identity? Can crossing  gender or sexual ‘borders’ affect one’s nationality?  In an attempt to answer these questions, we will seek to interrogate the places where these  identities intersect, where they are in conflict, where they are appropriated, where they are  mutually constitutive, where they are divided, where they are brought together, and where they  hold revolutionary potential. To this end, we will focus on four specific arenas that offer a  particularly   useful   lens   through   which   to   consider   these   locations,   both   literally   and  metaphorically—   US/Mexico   Borderlands;   Sexuality,   Violence,   and   Indigenous   Nations;  Crossing Colonial Borders of Africa; and Queer Citizenship. We will use a diverse range of texts,  from literature, poetry, and theory to visual art and film as a way of exploring the relationship  between gender, sexuality and ‘border crossing.’  Course Requirements and Expectations: Required Texts Gómez-Peña, Guillermo. Warrior for Gringostroika Pérez, Emma. Forgetting the Alamo, or, Blood Memory . Trask, Haunani-Kay. Light in the Crevice Never Seen . Crow Dog, Mary. Lakota Woman. 1
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Dangarembga, Tsitsi. Nervous Conditions Luibhéid and Cantu, Jr.  Queer Migrations:  Sexuality, U.S. Citizenship, and Border   Crossings Lorde, Audre. Zami: A New Spelling of My Name. Fiol-Matta, Licia. A Queer Mother for the Nation: The State and Gabriela Mistral In-Class Films Como Agua Para Chocolate  directed by Alfonso Arau Frozen River  directed by Courtney Hunt La Noire de…  directed by Ousmane Sembène Gendernauts  directed by Monika Truet Participation (15%) Attendance:  Students are required to come to class (on time!) having done the assigned  reading and ready to discuss it. It is not enough just to show up! This is an upper-level 
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WS376 Between Woman and Nation Syllabus - MySpring2010

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