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Course Details [gender]

Please note: This course listing only provides courses that are listed in the Gender/Cultural Studies department. Electives from other departments are available on a semester-by-semester basis and are approved by the program director. A sample list of electives are provided on the Gender/Cultural Studies program fact sheet. This coursework is subject to change.

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This course information is derived from the Online Course Catalog, which is under development. The information may not be accurate and is provided only as a convenience. Please consult the print or PDF version of the Course Catalog for all official course information.

Issues in Internat. Studies

In the spring of 2012, the seminar will be comparative look at European and American imperialism, broadly defined, to examine how colonial encounters and societies shaped intersecting discourses of gender and race. The current generation of feminist and postcolonial scholars has reinvigorated the analysis of empire by placing questions of gender and race at the forefront. Thus the seminar will draw from a broad range of readings, including interdisciplinary theoretical frameworks as well as historical scholarship, across a vast geography: from Africa to Latin America, India to Ireland, and the Pacific to the Caribbean. We will not pretend to cover all these areas comprehensively; rather they will provide a sampling of compelling and multifaceted cases for study. Our temporal focus will be on the eighteenth, nineteenth, and early twentieth centuries, to trace the origins and development of what has been called the ?golden age? of Euro-American imperialism. While the chronology of political history therefore plays an important role in our study, we will look beyond political administrators to include the actions and perspectives of less obvious ?agents of imperialism? such as travelers, missionaries, slaveholders, photographers, cultural brokers, and capitalists. We will likewise complicate definitions of colonial subjects by taking into account their diverse identities, positions, and forms of resistance, such as the development of indigenous feminist and nationalist ideologies. At times we will adopt an explicitly comparative perspective regarding the workings of gender and race in metropole and colony; but even then we will consider carefully the specific local, human, and material dimensions of imperialism.

Course details

  • Course number: GCS-410
  • Credits: 4.00
  • Academic Level: Graduate
  • Currently Offered: Yes
  • Course Type: Lecture

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