Feminist Writings: Examining Women in Culture and Society
This cultural feminist writing course teaches you about the type of feminism that posits a stable category of 'Women'.Publisher: NPTEL
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In this cultural feminist writing course, you will learn about the history that traces the emergence of male superiority in society and the secondary place of women in a world population equally divided between the sexes. You will get answers to questions such as 'Can women gain equality without destroying femininity, the family, and apparent differences between the sexes?'.
Also, you will be introduced to the deconstruction of the literary symbolism of "The Second Sex" and the meaning of 'the category of the other'. You will be shown the consequence of an industrial revolution and the answer to the question "should women's inferiority to men continue?". During this course, the question 'are women superior, inferior or equal to men?', will be explored in detail. This will include an answer to the question put forward by Simeon de Beauvoir in 'The Second Sex'.
You will learn about theories from the book "Gender Trouble" and also a deconstruction of "Iraqi Nights". Also, you will be taught the text deconstruction of women as the subject of feminism and the distinction between expression and performance. The theme of immanence will be discussed with regard to the historic domain assigned to women in society in Gender Trouble. This will be explored along with other themes such as Transcendence, nature, nurture, production and reproduction. This course is important for learners who want to have an understanding of the unsettling problem at the heart of the idea of feminism.
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The Second Sex
The Second Sex - Learning Outcomes
The Second Sex Introduction
Category of the Other
Reason for Lack of Retaliation
The Consequence of an Industrial Revolution
Women are Superior, Inferior or Equal to Men?
The Second Sex - Lesson Summary
Gender Trouble - Learning Outcomes
The Iraqi Nights
Identity, Sex and the Metaphysics of Substance
Acts, Gesture and Desire
Gender Trouble - Lesson Summary
Having completed this course, you should be able to:
- Describe the allegory of “The Second Sex” and define a woman.
- Explain what "category of the other" means and the reason for the lack of retaliation.
- Discuss the term "master and slave" and the consequence of an industrial revolution.
- State if women's inferiority to men should continue.
- Discuss the question "women are superior, inferior or equal to men".
- Analyze the women of today from Simone de Beauvoir's view.
- Identify the theme and thematic depth of “The Iraqi Nights”.
- Discuss the central assumptions within feminist theory from the book 'Gender Trouble'.
- Analyze women as the subject of feminism.
- Describe gender as the circular ruins of contemporary debate.
- Explain identity, sex and the metaphysics of substance.
- Identify the distinction between expression and performance.
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