Sujata Moorti

Director and Charles A. Dana Professor, Program in Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies

 work(802) 443-5735
 Summer 2019: By appointment.
 Old Chapel 207

Sujata Moorti is the Director and Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies at Middlebury College.  She has published extensively on media representations of gender, sexuality and diasporic formations.  She is currently completing a manuscript on iFeminism where she teases out the ways in which social media are altering understandings of feminism around the world.  In this manuscript she explores the transnational circuits of activism and knowledge production that social media technologies engender, altering our conceptions of gender and agency.  She is completing two other monographs on gendered violence.  She is the author of Color of Rape: Gender, Race and Democratic Public Spheres (SUNY Press, 2002) and has co-edited Global Bollywood: The Travels of Hindi Song and Dance (University of Minnesota Press, 2008) and Local Violence, Global Media: Feminist Analyses of Gendered Representations (Peter Lang, 2009).  She teaches courses on feminist cultural studies, diasporic media studies, and postcolonial theory.



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FYSE 1508 - Playing Dead: TV Crime Drama      

Playing Dead: Feminist Readings of TV Crime Drama
In this course we will explore the cultural beliefs and biases implicit in TV crime dramas.  Our television screens are populated with these shows, some focusing on the independent investigator, others on the police, and still others on the technicians who help secure evidence. Using a feminist lens, we will explore the grammar of this genre in terms of race, class, gender, and sexuality. Who gets defined as the criminal, who the victim, and why? What makes crime dramas pleasurable, and why do we watch them even when they are formulaic? How have they changed over time? 3 hrs. sem. AMR CW

Fall 2017

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GSFS 0200 - Feminist Foundations      

Feminist Foundations
This course provides an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of gender, sexuality, and feminist studies. Focusing on the histories of feminism in the U.S., from the nineteenth century to the present, the course reveals the importance of gender and sexuality as analytical categories to understand social reality and to comprehend important areas of culture. Examining gender and sexuality always in conjunction with the categories of race and class, the course foregrounds how inequalities are perpetuated in different fields of human activity and the creative ways in which feminist movements have resisted these processes. 3 hrs. lect. CMP SOC

Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Fall 2017, Fall 2018

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GSFS 0264 / FMMC 0264 - Indian Cinema Romance      

Indian Cinema: Romance, Nation, and Identity
In this course we will use the lens of romance to examine the world's largest film-making industry. Focusing primarily on Hindi cinema produced in Bombay/Mumbai, we will examine the narrative conventions, aesthetic devices (such as song-dance sequences), and other cinematic conventions that are unique to Indian films' narration of romance. Through a historical overview of films from the silent, colonial, and post-colonial eras into the contemporary era of globalization, we will track how the family is configured, the assignment of gender roles, and how national identity is allegorized through family romance. The course includes weekly screenings of films, which will be sub-titled in English. 3 hrs. lect. AAL ART SOA SOC

Fall 2016

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GSFS 0320 - Feminist Theory      

Feminist Theory
The course offers an overview of key feminist texts and theories that have shaped the analysis of gender and sexuality. We will examine foundational theoretical texts that have animated the field of gender, sexuality, and feminist studies. Working within a transnational perspective, the course encompasses texts which fall under the categories of critical race and critical sexuality studies. (GSFS 0200 or GSFS 0191 or GSFS 0289) 3 hr. lect. CMP SOC

Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2018

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GSFS 0405 / IGST 0405 - iFeminism/Viral GlobalActivism      

iFeminism: Virality and Transnational Activism
With a focus on transnationally-circulating digital media, we will think through how feminist engagements are thickened by new technologies. Working with instances from across the world we will examine whether digital media users rewrite feminism, feminist practices, and activism. What are the creative ways in which virality has altered feminism, similarly and differently across the world? Informed by postcolonial theories, we will remain attentive to the global inequalities within which social media narratives circulate. Similarly, a theoretical engagement with the intersectional entanglements of power will ensure a comparative analysis of feminist activism that is engaged with regionally-specific concerns about power disparities. 3 hrs. sem. CMP SOC

Fall 2015

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GSFS 0500 - Independent Study      

Independent Study
(Approval required)

Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020

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GSFS 0700 - Senior Essay      

Senior Essay
(Approval required)

Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020

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GSFS 0710 - Senior Thesis      

Senior Thesis
(Approval required)

Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020

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IGST 0700 - Senior Work      

Senior Work
(Approval Required)

Winter 2019, Winter 2020

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IGST 0707 - SAS Senior Thesis      

South Asian Studies Senior Thesis
(Approval Required)

Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020

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Program in Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies

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