Fall 2020 Undergraduate English Courses

358:460 Seminar: Nation as Woman: Gender, Sex & Post-colonial

01   MTH2   CAC  05690  MANGHARAM  HH-A2

Nation as Woman: Gender, Sex & Post-colonial

The aim of this course is to explore literature from different colonized and colonizing world regions and take into consideration how “gender” and “nation” are constructed in these narratives. We will examine various literary genres as we address how gender intersects with nationality, race, ethnicity, and sexuality. We will ask questions such as: Why and how is a nation/culture gendered within colonial imaginaries? What are the consequences of such a representation? How are women imagined within the symbolic imaginary of nationalism? How have women served as icons of the new nation, as bearers of a pure or ‘authentic’ culture, the reproductive future of the state, and as collateral in territorial conquests? In contrast, how have men been positioned within nationalist imaginaries? In considering how nationalist efforts have been both oppressive and liberatory within colonial and post-colonial contexts, we will consider whether there is such a thing as a feminist nationalism and what such a nationalism might look like. Texts will include theoretical articles (this course satisfies the English department’s theory component) and literary texts such as Rabindranath Tagore’s Home and the World, Rokeya Sakhawat Hussain, Sultana’s Dream, Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale, and Njabulo Ndebele, The Cry of Winnie Mandela.