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Spring 2016-2017
* COM 376 / AAS 371 / ENG 377 / GSS 381 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Crafting Freedom: Women and Liberation in the Americas (1960s to the present)

Susana Draper

This course explores the question of liberation in writings by women philosophers and poets whose work helped to create cultural and political movements in the U.S. and Latin America. Starting in the 60s, we will study a poetics and politics of liberation, paying special attention to the role played by language and imagination when ideas translate onto social movements related to abolition, education, care, and the commons. Readings include Angela Davis, Gloria Anzaldúa, Silvia Federici, Diamela Eltit, Audre Lorde, Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui, Gayatri Spivak, Zapatistas, among others.

Sample reading list:
Gloria Anzaldúa and Cherrie Moraga, This bridge called my back. Writings by radical women
Angela Davis, Women, Race & Class & Freedom is a Constant Struggle
Diamela Eltit, The fourth world
Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider (selection), Poems (selection)
Hilary Klein, Compañeras: Zapatista Women's Stories (selection)
Chela Sandoval, Pedagogy of the Oppressed (selection)
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Readings average 100-120 pages per week. Midterm paper (5-7 pages); Final paper (12-15 pages). Written assignments can be in English or Spanish.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 30%
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Oral Presentation(s) - 15%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43026 L01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm W   East Pyne Building   111   Enrolled:11 Limit:15