Fall 2017 Readings

September 11, 2017: Western eyes
Mohanty, Chandra Talpade. “Under Western Eyes: Feminist Scholarship and Colonial Discourses.” boundary 2 12, no. 3 (Spring–Autumn 1984): 333–58. [pdf]

Mohanty, Chandra Talpade. ” ‘Under Western Eyes’ Revisted: Feminist Solidarity through Anticapitalist Struggles.” Signs 28, no. 2 (Winter 2003): 499–535. [pdf]

September 25, 2017: Resisting resistance
Mahmood, Saba. The Politics of Piety: The Islamic Revival and the Feminist Subject. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2005. [pdf]

Recommended: chap. 1, “The Subject of Freedom”; suggested: chap. 5, “Agency, Gender, and Embodiment”; for quick overview of the piety movement, skim chap. 2.

October 16, 2017: Useful categories?
Scott, Joan W. “Gender: A Useful Category of Historical Analysis.” The American Historical Review 91, no. 5 (December 1986): 1053–75. [pdf]

Najmabadi, Afsaneh. “Beyond the Americas: Are Gender and Sexuality Useful Categories of Analysis?” Journal of Women’s History 18, no. 1 (Spring 2006): 11–21. [pdf]

October 30, 2017: Revisiting agency, revisited
Abbas, Sadia. “The Echo Chamber of Freedom: Muslim Women and the Pretext of Agency.” boundary 2 40, no. 1 (2013): 155–89. [pdf]

November 13, 2017: “70 percent lesbian and 30 percent trans”
Najmabadi, Afasneh. Professing Selves: Transsexuality and Same-Sex Desire in Contemporary Iran. Durham: Duke University Press, 2014. [pdf]

Recommended: Introduction; Chap. 8, “Professing Selves”; suggested: Chap. 7, “Living Patterns, Narrative Styles.”

November 27, 2017

Heyes, Cressida. “Feminist Solidarity after Queer Theory: The Case Of Transgender.” Signs: A Journal Of Women in Culture and Society 28, no. 4 (2003): 1093–120. [pdf]

December 11, 2017: Not a Luxury

Audre Lorde, “Poetry Is Not a Luxury.” [pdf]

J. Jennifer Espinoza, “Makeup Ritual.” [link]