A course focusing on concepts that drive and divide social movements centered on gender equality, women's issues, and sexual identity in the two-thirds and one-third world, among them feminism; the body; race; labor; rights, needs, and desires.
ENGL 382/SWGS 380: Feminist Theory, Environments
Instructor: Rosemary Hennessy
What is an environment? A home? A natural setting? How does our thinking about environment shift when we consider it to be a uterus? a workplace? a mood? In approaching ‘environment’ not as a given but as a problem, we will consider how feminist theoretical work in scholarship, literature, and other cultural forms opens up the concept of environment to history and capital, to questions of need and survival, to multiple spaces and places. We will read works by feminist theorists as well as works that don’t present themselves as ‘theoretical’ but provoke us to wrestle with the question of environment. We will consider feminist representations of bodies, spaces, and collective attunements for the invitations they offer to read environments otherwise, that is, to discern the restless histories that haunt them and the resources they offer for mapping the future.
This course also is an opportunity to enhance your abilities as a critical reader of narrative and visual culture, novels, poetry, non-fiction, video and film.