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ERIC Number: EJ1166128
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0882-4843
Teaching Intersectional and Transnational Feminisms through Fiction and Film
Mahrouse, Gada
Feminist Teacher: A Journal of the Practices, Theories, and Scholarship of Feminist Teaching, v26 n2-3 p233-239 2016
Author Gada Mahrouse begins this article by saying that the terms "intersectional" and "transnational" are widely misunderstood and misused by academics. She writes that the first, "intersectionality," has become a buzzword, not only in feminist courses but also in mainstream disciplines and areas of research. She finds it troubling that the term has become a shorthand way for people to signal that they know and "get" antiracist feminist critiques and that this exempts them from interrogating certain works. Mahrouse asserts that the term "transnational" is also often erroneously used when applied to feminism. Too frequently it is invoked when referring to women elsewhere (especially in developing countries) or to advance some version of the liberal cultural relativism argument. Rather than see intersectional and transnational feminism as separate approaches, Mahrouse wishes to encourage students to see them as mutually informing and as frameworks that can stand in for one another. Mahrouse's concerns about the common misunderstandings of intersectional and transnational feminism have led her to try new and innovative approaches to teach undergraduate students in ways that capture what she sees as the key and overlapping elements of these frameworks. Here she offers an auto-ethnographic account of her pedagogical uses of two nonacademic texts that have facilitated her ability to teach these frameworks in ways that disrupt both superficial understandings and the false division of intersectional and transnational approaches.
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Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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