what we’re reading

FTR = Carole R. McCann and Seung-Kyung Kim, eds., Feminist Theory Reader: Local and Global Perspectives (New York: Routledge, 2002)

I. Key Terms and Problems

9/25: Introduction

9/27: Feminism and Theory
1. Avery Gordon, “Theory and Justice.”
2. Simone de Beauvoir, “Introduction” to The Second Sex, FTR pp. 32-40.

10/2: Defining Feminism
1. Elizabeth Martinez, “La Chicana,” FTR pp. 41-4.
2. Bonnie Kreps, “Radical Feminism 1,” FTR pp. 45-9.
3. bell hooks, “Feminism,” FTR pp.50-6.
4. Charlotte Bunch, “Lesbians in Revolt,” FTR pp. 83-7.

10/4: Science and the Sexed Body
1. Ann Fausto-Sterling, “Dueling Dualisms”
2. Judith Butler, “Doing Justice to Someone”

10/9: Rethinking Sex and Gender
1. Christine Delphy, “Rethinking Sex and Gender,” FTR 57-67.
2. Monique Wittig, “One is Not Born a Woman,” FTR pp. 249-254.

10/11: Intersectionality and Mutually Constituted Categories
1. The Combahee River Collective, “A Black Feminist Statement,” FTR pp. 164-171.
2. Donna Kate Rushin, “The Bridge Poem,” FTR pp. 172-3.
3. Elsa Barkeley Brown, “What Has Happened Here”

10/16: Borders and Homelands
1. Gloria Anzaldúa, “La Consciencia de la Mestiza,” FTR pp. 179-187.
2. Stuart Hall, “Cultural Identity and Diaspora”

10/18: Nations and States
1. Jacqui Alexander, “Not Just Any(Body) Can Be a Citizen”
2. Marie-Aimée Hélie-Lucas, “The Preferential Symbol for Islamic Identity: Women in Muslim Personal Laws,” FTR pp. 188-196.

10/23: Global Feminisms
1. Amrita Basu, “Globalization of the Local/Localization of the Global,” FTR pp. 68-77.
2. Gwendolyn Mikell, “African Feminism,” FTR pp. 103-112.
3. Malika Dutt, “Some Reflections on U.S. Women of Color and the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women and NGO Forum in Beijing, China” FTR pp. 197-205.
4. Noël Sturgeon, “Ecofeminist Appropriations and Transnational Environmentalisms,” FTR pp. 113-125.

II. Issues and Themes in Feminist Theory

A. Sexuality

10/30: Sexuality and Power
1. Catharine MacKinnon, “Sexuality.”
2. Sônia Correa and Rosalind Petchesky, “Reproductive and Sexual Rights,” FTR, pp. 88-102.

11/1: Race and Sexuality
1. Evelynn Hammonds, “Toward a Genealogy of Black Female Sexuality” (WebCT)
2. Audre Lorde, “I Am Your Sister,” FTR pp. 255-259.
3. Karin Aguilar –San Juan, “Going Home,” FTR pp. 267-77.

B. Gendering Labor

11/6: Marxism and Feminism
1. Maria Dalla Costa and Selma James, “Women and the Subversion of the Community” (http://www.generation-online.org/p/fpdallacosta2.htm )
2. Johnnie Tillmon, “Welfare is a Women’s Issue”

11/8: Gender and the International Division of Labor
1. Heidi Hartmann, “The Unhappy Marriage of Marxism and Feminism,” FTR pp. 206-221.
2. Linda Lim, “Capitalism, Imperialism, and Patriarchy,” FTR pp. 221-230.

C. The Production of Knowledge

11/13: Feminist Standpoints
1. Nancy Hartsock, “The Feminist Standpoint,” FTR pp. 292-307.
2. Uma Narayan, “The Project of Feminist Epistemology,” FTR 308-317.
3. Patricia Hill Collins, “The Politics of Black Feminist Thought,” FTR 318-333.

11/15: Post-Structuralist Theories
1. Lata Mani, “Multiple Mediations,” FTR pp. 364-377.
2. Joan Scott, “The Evidence of Experience”

D. Identity and Subjectivity

11/20: Identity and Subjectivity
1. Norma Alarcón, “The Theoretical Subject(s) of This Bridge Called My Back,” FTR pp. 404-414.
2. Judith Butler, “Performative Acts and Gender Constitution,” FTR pp. 415-427.

11/22: No Class

11/27: Situated Knowledges
1. Donna Haraway, “Situated Knowledges,” FTR pp. 391-403.

11/29: Locations and Coalitions
1. Adrienne Rich, “Toward a Politics of Location,” FTR pp. 447-459.
2. Chandra Mohanty, “Feminist Encounters.” FTR pp. 460-471.


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