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Contextualizing Gender

By Prof. Rashmi Gaur   |   IIT Roorkee
Learners enrolled: 266
This course aims to introduce students to an interdisciplinary framework that will allow them to explore and theorize the intersections of Gender, Feminism, and Literature. The students will get the opportunity to examine the complex ways in which literary and cultural products/texts inter-animate each other to produce and reproduce how society and culture give rise to new forms of perspectives and ideologies; in turn, determining how identities are constructed. The course will highlight how new ways of looking at gender through various essays and philosophers can transform and reinvent traditional literary and cultural forms. The course will stimulate a nuanced discussion on the historical, empirical, and cultural analyses of contemporary forms of culture, literature, identity, and power relations. A variety of theoretical approaches—Intersectionality, Feminism, Marxism, and Deconstruction—will deepen and complicate the problematics of defining gender in a digital and post-industrial society that constantly reinvents the binaries of male and female.

PRE-REQUISITE : None.

INDUSRTY SUPPORT : None.

INTENDED AUDIENCE : None.
Summary
Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 24 Jan 2022
End Date : 15 Apr 2022
Exam Date : 23 Apr 2022 IST
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • English Studies
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate



Course layout

Week 1: Introduction, Aims and Objectives; Intersecting Gender and Feminism; Feminist Consciousness and gendered experiences before 20th century; Gender and Sex in Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex; Gender Perspectives in the philosophy and literary worksof Simone de Beauvoir
Week 2: Gender and Literature in Eve Sedgwick; Homosexuality and Gender in Eve Sedgwick I; Homosexuality and Gender in Eve Sedgwick II; Julia Kristeva Understanding “Intertextuality” I; Julia Kristeva Understanding “Intertextuality” II
Week 3: Gender and Race Consciousness in Black Feminism I; Gender and Race Consciousness in Black Feminism II; Understanding Intersectionality; Gender and Power Politics in Bell Hooks and Audre Lorde I; Gender and Power Politics in Bell Hooks and Audre Lorde II
Week 4: Gender-Blurring in Toni Morrison’s Novels I; Gender-Blurring in Toni Morrison’s Novels II; Gender influence in Roxana Gay; Depiction of Gender as Social Construction in Chimamanda Adichie’s Novels I; Depiction of Gender as Social Construction in Chimamanda Adichie’s Novels II
Week 5: Representation of Gender in Judith Butler I; Representation of Gender in Judith Butler II; Representation of Gender in Judith Butler III; Representation of Gender in Judith Butler’s “Bodies That Matter” I; Representation of Gender in Judith Butler’s “Bodies That Matter” II
Week 6: Role of Gender performance in Judith Butler’s “Gender Trouble”IRole of Gender performance in Judith Butler’s “Gender Trouble” II; Role of Gender performance in Judith Butler’s “Gender Trouble “II; Reflections on gender and sexuality in Judith Butler’s “Undoing Gender” I; Reflections on gender and sexuality in Judith Butler’s “Undoing Gender” II
Week 7: Reflections on gender and sexuality in Judith Butler’s “Undoing Gender” I; Reflections on gender and sexuality in Judith Butler’s “Undoing Gender” II; Reflections on gender and sexuality in Judith Butler’s “Bodies That Matter” I; Reflections on gender and sexuality in Judith Butler’s “Bodies That Matter” II; Reflections on gender and sexuality in Judith Butler’s “Bodies That Matter” III 
Week 8: Gender Identity and Rights of LGBTQ+ in Selected Texts I; Gender Identityand Rightsof LGBTQ+ inSelected Texts II; Short Story Telling Form on OTT Platforms and representing Feminism I; Me Too# and Times Up# Movement I; Me Too# and Times Up# Movement II
Week 9: Anne Balsamo Understanding the Gendered Body I; Anne Balsamo Understanding the Gendered Body II; Anne Balsamo Understanding the Gendered Body III; Anne Balsamo Understanding the Gendered Body IV; Anne BalsamoUnderstanding the Gendered Body V
Week 10: Introduction to Masculinity Studies I; Introduction to Masculinity Studies II; Masculinity, Feminism and Gender; R. W. Connell “Masculinities” I; R. W. Connell “Masculinities” II
Week 11: Gender Performance in Dystopian Literature; Introduction: Suspending Gender and Becoming-Gynoid in Science Fiction (Introduction), The Biopolitics of Gender in Science Fiction Emily Cox-Palmer-White; Introduction: Suspending Gender and Becoming-Gynoid in Science Fiction (Introduction), The Biopolitics of Gender in Science Fiction Emily Cox-Palmer-White II; “A Cyborg Manifesto” Donna Haraway I; “A Cyborg Manifesto” Donna Haraway II
Week 12: Rosi Braidotti The Posthuman I; Rosi Braidotti The Posthuman II; Rosi Braidotti, The Posthuman III; Rosi Braidotti The Posthuman IV; Rosi Braidotti The Posthuman V

Books and references

1. Chaucer, Geoffrey. The Wife of Bath's Tale. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2007. Print.
2. Beauvoir, Simone De. The Ethics of Ambiguity. Translated from the French by Bernard Frechtman. Citadel, 1975. Print.
3. Morrison, Toni. Beloved. London: Vintage Classics, 2020. Print.
4. Morrison, Toni. TheBluest Eye. London: VINTAGE CLASSICS, 2020. Print
5. Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi. Half of a Yellow Sun. London: 4th Estate, 2019. Print.
6. Butler,Judith. Bodies That Matter: on the Discursive Limits of Sex. Routledge, 2015.
7. Connell, R. W. Masculinities. Polity Press, 2006.
8. Jardine, Alice A., and Paul Smith. Men in Feminism. Routledge, 2014
9. Balsamo, Anne. 1996. Technologies of the Gendered Body: Reading Cyborg Women. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

Instructor bio

Prof. Rashmi Gaur

IIT Roorkee
Professor Rashmi Gaur teaches courses of Communication, Culture, Gender Studies and Media (Film and Literature) at IIT Roorkee. In her career, spanning three decades, she has guided about 12 Ph.D. theses, published four books, more than ninety research papers in national and international journals, besides participating in many conferences in India and abroad. Widely travelled, she also runs consultancy projects in related areas. She has worked across disciplines and cultures in different research and cultural milieus and formed strong intercultural networks through international collaborations. She is also a member of several academic bodies. At present she is working in the area of Media and Digital Humanities.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 23 April 2022  Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.

CRITERIA TO GET A CERTIFICATE

Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Roorkee.
It will be e-verifiable at
nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team


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