GNDST 221QF - Feminist and Queer Theory: 'Feminist and Queer Theory'


Sarah Stefana Smith

TTH 11:30AM-12:45PM

Mount Holyoke College

Shattuck Hall 318
We will read a number of key feminist texts that theorize sexual difference, and challenge the oppression of women. We will then address queer theory, an offshoot and expansion of feminist theory, and study how it is both embedded in, and redefines, the feminist paradigms. This redefinition occurs roughly at the same time (1980s/90s) when race emerges as one of feminism's prominent blind spots. The postcolonial critique of feminism is a fourth vector we will examine, as well as anti-racist and postcolonial intersections with queerness. We will also study trans-theory and its challenge to the queer paradigm.

Prereq: GNDST-101.

Instructor Permission: Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.