HUMS 622
The Third Woman

Indira Karamcheti   

Course Description
How are "Third World" women represented and understood, by those in the First World and by themselves? Analyzing such iconographic representations as the Orientalized woman, the exoticized/eroticized woman, the earth mother, the debased and exploited laborer, or the witch/tempress, we will study how these representations developed historically, questioning their persistence, and their resistance or appropriation. Studying films, still images, and literary texts, we will examine the collisions, collusions, and conflicts between views from "over here" and "over there."
Requirements
Students will be responsible for four response papers (1-2 pages each), one class facilitation (2-3 pages), two short essays (3-4 pages each), and a final  research paper (5-6 pages).
Required Texts
Alloula, The Colonial Harem
El Saadawi, Woman at Point Zero
Condé, I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem
Hulme, The Bone People
Roy, God of Small Things
Emecheta, The Joys of Motherhood
Kincaid, Lucy:  A Novel 

Readings:                  Fanon, “Algeria Unveiled”
                                Mohanty, “Under Western Eyes”
                                Chughtai,              “The Veil,”
                                                                “The Quilt”
                                Spivak, “Can the Subaltern Speak?”
                                Devi, “Breast-Giver”
                                Antherjanam, “The Confession”
                                Aidoo, “In the Cutting of a Drink” 

RECOMMENDEDMLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers 

FILMS:  relevant parts of the following movies will be shown in class, but you are welcome to watch them in their entirety.  If you cannot find them in commercial venues, I have put them on two-hour reserve in the Science Library:  Battle of Algiers, Devi, and Sugar Cane Alley.

Course Calendar
WEEK ONE: Orientalism, Representation, and Ways of Seeing
June 28 Introduction
June 30 Battle Algiers, shown in class
Fanon, "Algeria Unveiled

Response paper one due in class

WEEK TWO: Resistance
July 5 Alloula, The Colonial Harem

Response paper two due in class

July 7 El Saadawi, Women at Point Zero

Response paper three due in class

WEEK THREE: Religion/Tradition/Conservatism
July 12 Devi, shown in class
Mohanty, "Under Western Eyes"
Chuhtai, "The Veil" and "The Quilt"

Essay #1 due in class

July 14 Conde, I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem

Response paper four due in class

WEEK FOUR: Sexuality/Spiritualism
July 19 Hulme, The Bone People
July 21 Roy, God of Small Things
WEEK FIVE: Motherhood
July 26 M.Devi, "Breast-Giver"
Sugar Cane Alley, shown in class

Essay #2 due in class

July 28 I WILL BE OUT OF TOWN ON JULY 28; WE WILL DISCUSS HOW TO REPLACE THE MISSING CLASS
WEEK SIX
August 2 Emecheta, The Joys of Motherhood
Silence and Voice
August 4 Spivak, "Can the Subaltern Speak"
Antherjanam, "The Confession"
August 9 Kincaid, Lucy
Aidoo, "In the Cutting of a Drink"

Final paper due in class

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