Are women inherently non-violent by nature? Is aggression an essentially masculine trait? Can men suffer gendered violence? Are violent women being “masculine”? Are Third world societies more violent and misogynist than those of the First world?
In this interdisciplinary course we will address such questions by examining feminist debates on rape, “Slutwalking”, “honor killing”, suicide bombing, female terrorism, and war. Rather than considering women only as objects of violence, we will also think about women as agents of violence, as well as men as objects of gendered violence. Apart from a range of critical scholarship, novels may include J.M. Coetzee’s Disgrace and Nadeem Aslam’s Maps for Lost Lovers; films may include Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill, Kevin Hamedani’s Zombies of Mass Destruction, and Kabir Khan’s New York.