Feminist Perspective on Identity, Race, and Culture Women’s and Gender Studies 321 –Fall 2002, University of Oregon



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Feminist Perspective on Identity, Race, and Culture

Women’s and Gender Studies 321 –Fall 2002, University of Oregon

 

Professor Lynn Fujiwara                                                           Office: 311 Hendricks Hall



Phone: 346-0584                                                                     Office Hours: Thursdays

fujiwara@oregon.uoregon.edu                                      11:00-1:00pm and by appt.

 

Throughout this course we will examine the ways in which race, class, gender, and sexuality intersect to form systems of inequality, formations of identity, and sites for political agency. From feminist perspectives across multiple disciplines we will interrogate the politics within feminist discussions that center these intersecting identities in understanding the histories, experiences, and relationships to institutional systems that complicate monolithic assumptions within the "study of women."  The readings emphasize theoretical dialogues confronting the complexities of inclusion/exclusion in feminism, first/third world constructions, and difference within difference that further complicate our assumptions of identity, community, and culture.  Through film and literary narratives students will have the opportunity to critically analyze the social positions, representations, and political projects centering the lives and experiences of women of color.



 

Required Texts:

Gloria Anzaldúa, Borderlands La Frontera, the New Mestiza

Dorothy Roberts, Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty

Linda Hogan, Solar Storms



All Books are available at Mother Kali’s 720 E. 13th Avenue

 

Course Packet of Readings available on electronic reserve (username: ------, password: ------) and Traditional Reserves at Knight Library.



 

Course Requirements:

-         Attendance and Participation: attendance and participation can impact your final grade one whole grade level.  It is essential that you come to class prepared to engage and discuss the readings for that assigned day. I will and do engage in in-class writing activities that draw from the assigned reading, these also count towards your participation performance. (10%)

-         Four Writing Assignments 2 typed pages each, and each worth 10% of your grade.  Short essay questions will be provided in class, and responses should be analytical in nature (these are not book reports or descriptions of the readings). No extensions will be given except for circumstances of major illness or family emergency.  (40%)

-         Take Home Final Essay: (Approx. 6-7 typed pages) A comprehensive essay question requiring students to utilize the course readings to illustrate the major themes, concepts, and arguments covered throughout the quarter. No extensions will be given except for circumstances of major illness or family emergency. Due Monday December 9, 2002 of Finals Week (50%)

 

 

Course Schedule



 

Tuesday October 1

Introductions

 

Centering Race



Thursday October 3 

⋅        Trina Grillo and Stephanie M. Wildman, "Obscuring the Importance of Race: The Implication of Making Comparisons between Racism and Sexism (or Other Isms)" in Critical Race Feminism, a Reader (New York: NYU Press, 1997).

⋅        Angela Gilmore, "It Is Better to Speak" in Critical Race Feminism, a Reader (New York: NYU Press, 1997).

Video: A Place of Rage

 

The Politics of Feminism



Tuesday October 8

⋅        Combahee River Collective, "A Black Feminist Statement" in This Bridge Called My Back (New York: Kitchen Table Press, 1983).

⋅        Haunani-Kay Trask, "Feminism and Indigenous Hawaiian Nationalism" in Signs vol. 21, no.4, 1996

⋅        Sherna Berger Gluck, "Whose Feminism, Whose History? Reflections on Excavating the History of (the) U.S. Women’s Movement(s)," in Community Activism and Feminist Politics Organizing Across Race, Class, and Gender (Routledge, 1998)

 

 

Multiracial and Third World Feminisms



Thursday October 10

⋅        Maxine Baca Zinn and Bonnie Thornton Dill, "Theorizing Difference from Multiracial Feminism" in Race, Identity, and Citizenship (Mass: Blackwell, 1999).

⋅        Cheryl Johnson-Odim, "Common Themes, Different Contexts: Third World Women and Feminism" in Third World Women and the Politics of Feminism (Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 1991). (pp. 314-326)

 

Tuesday, October 15

⋅        Bell Hooks, "Coming to Class Consciousness," in Where We Stand: Class Matters (Routledge, 2000) (pp. 24-37)

⋅        Patricia J. Williams, "The Ethnic Scarring of American Whiteness," in The House that Race Built (New York : Pantheon Books, 1997

 

Thursday, October 17

Video: The Way Home

 

Colonial Legacies: Indigenous Women’s Feminist Projects



Tuesday, October 22

⋅        Marie Anna Jaimes Guerrero, "Civil Rights versus Sovereignty: Native American Women in Life and Land Struggles," in Feminist Genealogies, Colonial Legacies, Democratic Futures (New York: Routledge, 1997) (pp. 101-121)

⋅        Rebecca Tsosie, "Changing Women: The Crosscurrents of American Indian Feminine Identity" in Unequal Sisters (New York: Routledge, 2000). (pp. 565-585)

 

 



 

Thursday, October 24

⋅        Solar Storms

 

Tuesday, October 29

⋅        Solar Storms

 

Institutional Racism: Controlling Women’s Bodies


Thursday, October 31

⋅        Patricia Hill Collins, "The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same: African-American Women and the New Politics of Containment," in Fighting Words: Black Women & The Search For Justice (University of Minnesota Press, 1998). (pp. 11-43)

⋅        Dorothy Roberts Killing the Black Body. (Introduction & Chapter 1)

 

Tuesday, November 5

⋅        Dorothy Roberts Killing the Black Body.  (Chapters 2 & 3)

 

Thursday, November 7

⋅        Dorothy Roberts Killing the Black Body. (Chapters 4 & 5)

 

Border Feminisms: Borderlands and Identity



Tuesday, November 12

⋅        Alma M. Garcia, "The Development of a Chicana Feminist Discourse, 1970-1980" in Unequal Sisters (New York: Routledge, 1990). (pp. 418-429)

⋅        Norma Alarcón, "Chicana Feminism: In the Tracks of "The Native Woman"" in Between Woman and Nation: Nationalisms, Transnational Feminisms, and the State (Duke University Press, 1999). (pp. 63-71)

⋅        Lourdes Torres, "The Construction of the Self in U.S. Latina Autobiographies" in Third World Women and the Politics of Feminism (Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 1991). (pp.271-286)

 

Thursday, November 14

⋅        Cherríe Moraga, "La Güera" in Loving in the War Years (South End Press, 1983)

⋅        Gloria Anzaldúa, Borderlands La Frontera (Introduction - Chapter 1)

Video: Señorita extraviada

 

Tuesday, November 19

⋅        Gloria Anzaldúa, Borderlands La Frontera (chapters 2, 4,5,7)

⋅        In-Class Reading from selected prose from Part II (123-225)

 

Globalization, Migration, and the Cultural Politics of Identity



Thursday, November 21

⋅        Lisa Lowe, "Work, Immigration, Gender: Asian "American" Women" from Immigrant Acts on Asian Americans Cultural Politics (Duke University Press, 1996) (pp.154-173)

⋅        Miriam Ching Louie, "Holding up Half the Sky" and "Each Day I Go Home with a New Wound in My Heart" from Sweatshop Warriors (Southend Press, 2001).

Video: Clips from Global Assembly Line

 

Tuesday, November 26

⋅        Dana Takagi, "Maiden Voyage: Excursion into Sexuality and Identity Politics in Asian America" in Asian American sexualities dimensions of the gay and lesbian experience (New York: Routledge, 1996.) (pp. 21-33)

⋅        Cristy Chung, Aly Kim, Zoon Nguyen, and Trinity Ordona, with Arlene Stein, "In Our Own Way: A Roundtable Discussion" in Asian American sexualities dimensions of the gay and lesbian experience (New York: Routledge, 1996.) (pp. 91-99)

⋅        Lynn Lu, "Critical Visions, the Representation and Resistance of Asian Women" in Dragon Ladies (Boston: South End Press, 1997) (pp.17-28)

 

Thursday, November 28

No Class


 

Tuesday, December 3

⋅        Pamela Chiang et.al. "On Asian America, Feminism, and Agenda-Making" in Dragon Ladies (Boston: South End Press, 1997) (pp.57-70)

⋅        Sonia Shah, "Presenting the Blue Goddess, Toward a National Pan-Asian Feminist Agenda" in The Sate of Asian America

 

                                                                



Working Towards Coalitions

Thursday, December 5

⋅        Angela Y. Davis, "Let Us All Rise Together: Radical Perspectives on Empowerment for Afro-American Women" in Women Culture Politics (New York: Vintage Books, 1989).  (3-14)

⋅        Angela Y. Davis, "Reflections on Race, Class, and Gender in the USA" in the Angela Y. Davis Reader (Blackwell Publishers, 1998) (pp. 307-325)

 

 



 

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