Fall 2016 Readings

Feminist Killjoys

September 12, 2016: Killing It
Ahmed, Sara. “Feminist Killjoys.” In The Promise of Happiness, 50–87. Durham: Duke University Press, 2010.
———. “Resignation Is a Feminist Issue.” Feminist Killjoys (blog). August 27, 2016.

September 26, 2016: Objecting
Brown, Wendy. “The Impossibility of Women’s Studies.” In Edgework: Critical Essays on Knowledge and Politics, 116–135. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2005. Originally published in differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies 9, no. 3 (Fall 1997): 79–101.

Wiegman, Robyn. “Doing Justice with Objects: Or, the ‘Progress’ of Gender.” In Object Lessons, 36–90. Durham: Duke University Press, 2012. [The whole book can be found here.]

Auslander, Leora. “Do Women’s + Feminist + Men’s + Lesbian and Gay + Queer Studies = Gender Studies?” differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies 9, no. 3 (Fall 1997): 1–30.

N.b. Do not be daunted by the apparent length of the Wiegman essay; she uses footnotes rather than endnotes, and this inflates the page range. I have included the Auslander essay just in case anyone wants to reference it while reading Wiegman.

October 10, 2016: Telling stories
Hemmings, Clare. Why Stories Matter: The Political Grammar of Feminist Theory. Durham: Duke University Press, 2011.

I suggest that everyone read chapter 4, “Amenibility,” and one more chapter of their choice: either one of the first three chapters, each of which focuses on a different narrative of feminist theory (“Progress,” “Loss,” and “Return”), or chapter 6, “Affective Subjects,” in which Hemmings outlines some alternatives to those narratives.

October 24, 2016: Intersecting
Crenshaw, Kimberlé. “Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex: A Black Feminist Critique of Antidiscrimination Doctrine, Feminist Theory and Antiracist Politics.” University of Chicago Legal Forum (1989): 139–67.

Nash, Jennifer C. “Feminist Originalism: Intersectionality and the Politics of Reading.” Feminist Theory 17, no. 1 (2016): 3–20.

November 7, 2016: Transing
Noble, Bobby. “Trans. Panic. Toward a Theory of Feminist Fundamentalism.” In Transfeminist Perspectives in and beyond Transgender and Gender Studies, edited by Anne Enke, 45–59. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2012.

Spade, Dean. “What’s Wrong with Rights?” In Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics, and the Limits of Law, 36–49. 2nd ed. Durham: Duke University Press, 2015.

Suk, Jeannie. “The Transgender Bathroom Debate and the Looming Title IX Crisis.” New Yorker. May 24, 2016.

December 5, 2016: Feeling depleted
Ahmed, Sara. “Feeling Depleted?” Feminist Killjoys (blog). November 17, 2013.

Nguyen, Nicole, and R. Tina Catania. “On Feeling Depleted: Naming, Confronting, and Surviving Oppression in the Academy.” The Feminist Wire. August 5, 2014.