GRSJ 224: Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice in Literature

Term 1

GRSJ 224A Section 101

Instructor: Dr. Christopher Patterson

In his travelogue of the Global South, Following the Equator, Mark Twain wrote that “travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” Travelers often see themselves opening their minds, and gaining perspective on the world, yet this desire to know the unknown and to bear witness can have unforeseen consequences, such as the propagation of stereotypes and excoticisms, and taking a patronizing and paternal stance on the locals rather than seeing them as agents of their own design. How do we account for acts of travel that spark prejudice and those that cause stunning rebukes of one’s own upbringing? What is the relationship between acts of travel and forms of structural violence such as racial capitalism and colonialism? What does travel look like from the marginalized points of view—from the locals, from refugees, and from marginalized travelers who seek to live in queer and alternative ways?

This course will focus on travel literature from marginalized writers within colonial/post-colonial contexts. We will read novels, short stories, theories, and films about travel and locality in Southeast Asia, Oceania, and other spaces.

GRSJ 224A Section 102
Instructor: TBA

Term 2

GRSJ 224B section 201
Instructor: TBA

GRSJ 224B Section 202
Instructor: Dr. Litsa Chatzivasileiou