An exploration of how gender and sexuality are constrained, constructed, performed, and resisted in and through language. Readings will include theories of language and gender, queer linguistics, and feminist discourse analysis, followed by case studies in sociolinguistics and linguistic anthropology from Africa, including Nigeria, South Africa, and the Swahili Coast. The final paper will be a field work funding proposal. Students working in other linguistic areas are also welcome and may write the final paper in relation to any language.
Allah Made Us: Sexual Outlaws in an Islamic African City
Gender and Language in Sub-Saharan Africa
Language and HIV/AIDS
Pronouncing and Persevering: Gender and the Discourses of Disputing in an African Islamic Court
African Languages & Literature 669, Section 2
Tu/Th 2:30-4:30 PM, Van Hise 482
Professor Katrina Daly Thompson, Department of African Languages & Literature
About the instructor
Katrina Daly Thompson is an associate professor in the Department of African Languages and Literature, with affiliations in Second Language Acquisition and Religious Studies. Her interests concern language, power, and identity in African verbal arts, and her current research is on Swahili talk about gender and sexuality in the context of Islam.