LIT 330-TH - Trans/feminism

Although both transgender theory and feminist theory foreground gender as a central category of analysis, their relationship has been anything but seamless. On the one hand, transgender scholars and activists have often seen feminists, especially second wave feminists, as biologically essentialist and thus transphobic. On the other, many radical feminists have seen the transgender movement as erasing the specificity of cisgendered women’s experience and thus contributing to the patriarchal marginalization of women. At the heart of these tensions are questions such as: What is a woman? What is sex? How does the body acquire meaning? In this course, students critically analyze the debates between transgender and feminist theory, and explore a third category of scholarship: transfeminist theory, which seeks to reconcile the two bodies of knowledge. We will cover themes ranging from reproductive justice, to immigration, incarceration, and cultural representation. Class Notes: 5 seats open to upper level students, remaining open to Juniors only until the Open Enrollment period. Enrollment Requirements: Prerequisite: 3 credits of IH1 and 3 credits of IH2, or HMST 220 or HMST 230.
Fulfills Theory, Literature or HMST elective
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