Womanist/Black Feminist Thought
Cross-listed as AMST309 / AFR310 / WGSS310 / REL310
This course explores the genealogy and development of black feminist and womanist thought. We will investigate the expansion of womanist thought from a theologically dominated discourse to a broader category of critical reflection associated more commonly with black feminism, analyze the relationship between womanism and black feminism, and review the historical interventions of black feminism. As critical reflections upon western norms of patriarchy, heterosexism, and racism, womanism and black feminism begin with the assumption that the experiences of women of color–particularly black women–are significant standpoints in modern western society. Through the examination of interdisciplinary and methodological diversity within these fields, students will be introduced to key figures including Alice Walker, Zora Neale Hurston, and Katie Cannon, and will engage materials that draw from multiple fields, including, but not limited to, literature, history, anthropology, and religious studies.
The Class: Type: lecture/discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on class participation, three short response papers, and the completion of an original research paper or project
Enrollment Preference: Africana Studies concentrators, Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies majors, Religion majors
Distributions: Division II;
Attributes: AFR Core Electives; AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora; AMST Critical and Cultural Theory Electives; WGSS Racial Sexual + Cultural Diversity Courses; WGSS Theory Courses