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Spring 2018-2019
* AAS 319 / LAS 368 / GSS 356 (HA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Caribbean Women's History

Reena N. Goldthree

This seminar investigates the historical experiences of women in the Caribbean from the era of European conquest to the late twentieth century. We will examine how shifting conceptions of gender, sexuality, race, class, and the body have shaped understandings of womanhood and women's rights. We will engage a variety of sources - including archival documents, films, newspaper accounts, feminist blogs, music, and literary works - in addition to historical scholarship and theoretical texts. The course will include readings on the Spanish-, English-, and French-speaking Caribbean as well as the Caribbean diaspora.

Sample reading list:
Marisa J. Fuentes, Dispossessed Lives: Enslaved Women, Violence
T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting, Negritude Women
Eileen J. Suárez Findlay, Imposing Decency: The Politics of Sexuality and Race
Gaiutra Bahadur, Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture
Elizabeth S. Manley, The Paradox of Paternalism: Women and the Politics
Maria De Los Reyes Castillo Bueno, Reyita: The Life of a Black Cuban Woman in the 20th Century

Reading/Writing assignments:
Students will read approximately 200 pages per week. The major assignments will include: an oral presentation, weekly 1-page response papers, a primary source analysis essay (5-6 pages), and a final paper (10-12 pages).

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 35%
Papers - 25%
Oral Presentation(s) - 15%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
40245 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm Th   Stanhope Hall   101   Enrolled:7 Limit:15