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Women of Color in the US

WS 260 Christy Holmes

This course centers the writing of U.S. women of color. We will take a historical perspective to look at how racialized notions of gender have changed over time, including the evolution of whiteness alongside minoritized notions of race. We will also look in depth at the contemporary concerns of women of color that consider the intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality, and nation. Key themes to be discussed include: Media representations, beauty norms, work and economic violence, reproduction, the role of race and ethnicity in the police state, and movements of resistance. Together, we will read the work of African American, Arab American, Asian/Pacific Islander, Chicana/Latina and Native American women; you are invited to find opportunities to further explore issues or communities of women that are specific to your interests.