The interplay between women's social movements and the flow of women's literature within and across national spaces recognizes the power of the word as a critical feminist tool for elevating women's voices in an increasingly technology-oriented global economy. This reading intensive seminar will consider examples of contemporary fiction and nonfiction by representative women; for the purposes of comparing how women living/writing in industrial and developing countries succeed in disrupting the geographic boundaries imposed by culture and politics-specifically the myth of them and us that can frame discussions of social issues foregrounded by women in differing regions. By examining and, hopefully, exposing this myth and its contours, we hope to better understanding why writing and literature remain crucial tools of global feminist activism. This course is the same as JDS 330 and course repeat rules will apply. Students should consult with their major department regarding any restrictions on their degree requirements.