Spring 2024

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 Indian writer Meena Kandasamy's When I Hit You, Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Adichie's Purple Hibiscus, 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

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
Nervous Conditions Graywolf Press 2021 Tsitsi Dangaremba Amherst Books TBD
Wide Sargasso Sea W W Norton 2016 Jean Rhys Amherst Books TBD
Purple Hibiscus Hachette Book Group 2012 Chimamanda Adichie Amherst Books TBD
Migritude Kaya Press 2010 Shailja Patel Amherst Books TBD
Annie John Macmillan Publishers 1997 Jamaica Kincaid Amherst Books TBD
When I Hit You Murdoch Books 2018 Meena Kandasamy Not available thru Amherst Books TBD
Destination Wedding Random House (2021) Diksha Basu Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


Other years: Offered in Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Spring 2019, Spring 2020, Spring 2023