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

GRSJ 224C (6 credits): Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice in Literature
Term 1-2

Section 001: Feminist Re/visions: Folk & Fairy Tales
Instructor: Dr. Kim Snowden

In this year-long course we will examine the history of the fairy tale across cultures, read traditional tales, and consider the representation of gender, sexuality, and race in contemporary fairy tales from an intersectional feminist perspective and with a focus on decolonizing knowledge about storytelling and fairy-tale scholarship.
Readings will include a selection of essays and articles from feminist and fairy-tale scholarship, a variety of traditional fairy tales, and fairy-tale retellings from contemporary authors such as Angela Carter, Nalo Hopkinson, Emma Donoghue, and Neil Gaiman.We will also examine some fairy-tale films (including Disney) the use of fairy motifs in popular culture, film, and television taking vampires as a case study and using examples from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, True Blood, The Vampire Diaries, and various reworkings of Dracula.

Section 103
Instructor: Julieta Cordero

This course is inspired in the thought of Derek Walcott, Saint Lucian poet awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1992.

We will read contemporary novels while engaging with critical theories to understand how some contemporary practices regarding spirituality, sexual identities and orientation, gender norms and politics are embedded in the management of human differences. In other words, such practices result from race-making processes that materialise through a variety of mechanisms and pressures designed to establish a hierarchy of peoples for differential treatment (Geraldine Heng, The Invention of Race in the European Middle Ages).