New Summer Course: The Female, the Global, the Technological

Just got word yesterday, and am very excited to say that I’ll be teaching a new course this summer (session A) at UCSB. The course number is 114AA Women in Literature: The Female, the Global, the Technological. Course readings have not been finalized yet, but a course description follows.

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This course examines a number of literary, visual, and digital texts to discuss the questions of gender, genre, form, representation, and production in a global networked context.

Questions that we shall attempt to answer include: What happens when women, often the object of representation, reappropriate “the gaze,” and actively produce their own field of vision? How have femininity and womanhood traditionally been defined? How are women and feminist authors destabilizing these established notions through their work? What genres and media forms have been utilized in mobilizing feminist praxis and why? How are class, race, and nation inflected upon the representation and production of femininity? How has the technological, informational, and networked world changed or complicated the ways in which the female is represented (or not)?

We will discuss the cultural production of gender by turning to recent and contemporary texts from various geographic and national sites. Theoretically, this class will offer an introduction to feminist theory, network and information theory, and theories of popular culture. There will be emphasis placed upon cyborg feminisms, transnational and third world feminisms, the globalization of culture, and the rhetoric of “postfeminism.”

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