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Margaret Griesse
T WOMN 434
Tacoma Campus

Women's Voices: Third-World Testimonials

Explores the "testimonials" of women from selected regions in Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America. Examines women's voices in testimonial, autobiographical, biographical, ethnographic, and fictional literature. Discusses historical and sociological significance of women's '"testimonials'. Explores issues of race/ethnicity, class, and gender.

Class description

This class will begin by discussing its very title: Who or what is the “third-world”? Does it even exist? If so, where? What is a testimonial? Should a testimony be true? What is its purpose? What are the means through which testimonies are made? What does it mean to have voice? Why should women speak up? Who will listen? By keeping these questions in mind, we will explore testimonial literature of various types and documentary media from different regions of the world.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Margaret Griesse
Date: 02/20/2013