Spring 2023

Global Women's Literature

Listed in: Black Studies, as BLST-302  |  English, as ENGL-279  |  Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies, as SWAG-279


Krupa Shandilya (Section 01)


(Offered as SWAG 279, BLST 302, and ENGL 279) What do we mean by “women’s fiction”? How do we understand women’s genres in different national contexts? This course examines topics in feminist thought such as marriage, sexuality, desire and the home in novels written by women writers from South Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean. We will draw on postcolonial literary theory, essays on transnational feminism, and historical studies to situate our analyses of these novels. Texts include South African writer Nadine Gordimer’s July's People, Pakistani novelist Bapsi Sidhwa's Cracking India, and Caribbean author Jean Rhys' Wide Sargasso Sea.

Spring semester. Professor Shandilya.

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Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: an emphasis on written work, readings, group work and oral presentations

BLST 302 - LEC

Section 01
Tu 8:30 AM - 9:50 AM CHAP 103
Th 8:30 AM - 9:50 AM CHAP 103

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
Nervous Conditions MPS Tsitsi Dangaremba Amherst Books TBD
Wide Sargasso Sea W.W. Norton Jean Rhys Amherst Books TBD
When I Hit You Penguin Random House South Africa Meena Kandasamy Not available through Amherst Books TBD
Freshwater Grove Press/Black Cat Awaeke Emezi Amherst Books TBD
The Windfall Routledge Diksha Basu Amherst Books TBD
Purple Hibiscus WORKMAN Chimamanda Adichie Amherst Books TBD
Migritude PERSEUS Shailja Patel Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


2024-25: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Spring 2019, Spring 2020, Spring 2023, Spring 2024