Alicia E. Ellis (Section 01)
The design and aim of this course is to examine how contemporary literature written by women critiques categories of gender, sexuality, race and class. You will be asked to think and write about cultural meanings which have become naturalized in practice and ideology and how our texts think through/beyond those taxonomies of power, coercion and abridgement in order to neutralize them. Topics to be discussed include: violence, colonialism and the politics of identity, embodiment and the creative voice and the meanings of gender in a transnational world. Authors will include Edwidge Danticat, Jhumpa Lahiri, Nora Okja Keller, Michelle Cliff, Maryse Conde and Arundhati Roy. Limited to 20 Students. Open to first-year students with consent of the instructor.Second semester. Visiting Professor Ellis.