Gender and Sexuality Studies Courses

General Course Listings

Sub CRSE Title
AFR 300 Major Thinkers in Africana Studies: Afro-Cuban Feminisms (=LAS 300)
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Benson

Black and mulata women have participated in constructing Cubanidad (Cuban nationalism) since the beginning of the Cuban republic in 1902. However, the largely male-dominated national narrative that has made Che Guevara's "New Man" famous since 1959 frequently overshadows their interventions. Despite this public silence, Afro-Cubanas (Afro-Cuban women) have consistently challenged narratives of exclusion and contributed to antiracist and antisexist movements in Cuba. As theater critic, Inés María Martiatu Terry explained in 2011 one of the goals of the Afrocubanas movement is to "feminize negritude and to blacken feminism."  

This course will analyze Afro-Cubana feminisms through a close reading of the work of four key black and mulata intellectuals and activists-Sara Gómez, Nancy Morejón, Daisy Rubiera, and Gloria Rolando. In doing so, it seeks to trace the legacy of the many black and mulata women who participated in revolutionary Cuba from the 1960s to the present. In particular, the course will examine how Afro-Cubanas have challenged negative stereotypes about black women, worked both inside and outside of Cuba's state-sponsored women's movement, and fought to create space for racial and sexual rights. All course readings will be in English and will include memoirs, films, and first-hand historical documents in additional to scholarly books and articles.

The course can be repeated for credit given sufficiently distinct topics.

Satisfies a major requirement in Africana Studies

Satisfies a major requirement in Latin American Studies

Satisfies the Histories and Genealogies major requirement in Gender and Sexuality Studies

ANT 219 Reproduction and Childrearing: Biology and Culture
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered 2016-2017)

An overview of the anthropology of pregnancy, childbirth, and childrearing. Topics addressed include fertility and infertility (female and male), maternal and child healthcare systems, infant feeding, and motherhood, fatherhood, and childhood in cross-cultural and historical perspective. ​

Satisfies a major & minor requirement in Anthropology.

Satisfies a distribution requirement in Social-Scientific Thought

Satisfies a major & minor requirement in Gender and Sexuality Studies

Meets the cultural diversity graduation requirement

ANT 319 Contradictions in Contemporary Motherhood: Culture, Biomedicine, Political Economy
Prerequisites & Notes

(Spring)

Instructor
Ruhlen

Contemporary mothering happens at the crossroads of conflicting forces and discourses. This seminar frames motherhood as a window on women's changing rights and status, and as a fruitful topic for feminist theorizing. Readings will situate the topic in its historical, rhetorical, and cross-cultural contexts and will also explore the globalized networks of migration that increasingly affect motherhood.

Satisfies a major & minor requirement in Anthropology.

Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.

ANT 343 Feminist Anthropology
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered 2016-2017; offered in alternating years.)

Instructor
Bowles

Explores how gender ideologies shape the exercise of power upon men and women in different societies and cultures. Topics include the construction of masculinity and femininity, commodification and consumption of gender, social position, agency, and the political economy of gender. Emphasis on developing an understanding of different theoretical perspectives in the cross-cultural study of gender.

Satisfies a major & minor requirement in Anthropology.

Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.

ANT 371 Ethnographic Writing and Research
Prerequisites & Notes

ANT 101 or permission of the instructor. (Spring)

Instructor
Samson

Approaches to ethnographic and ethnohistorical research and analysis in cultural anthropology. Examination of selected studies that demonstrate a variety of approaches to the study of single cultures and to cross-cultural comparisons. Students design and complete research projects. With advance departmental approval, an off-campus ethnographic field school course may be substituted for credit toward the major.

One of the courses satisfying the Methods requirement for the major and minor in Anthropology.

ANT 372 Visualizing Anthropology
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered 2016-2017; offered in alternating years.)

Instructor
Lozada

Introduction to the theories and methods necessary for making ethnographic films. Students will conduct fieldwork and make a documentary film on a particular aspect of social and cultural behavior. Emphasis is placed on developing the critical skills needed for resolving some of the ethical, technical, and aesthetic problems that may emerge during the documentation of social and cultural behavior.

One of the courses satisfying the Methods requirement for the major and minor in Anthropology.

ANT 377 Imaging the Earth
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered 2016-2017; offered in alternating years.)

Instructor
Ringle

The use of geographical information systems (GIS) to analyze, model, and present spatial relationships in the biological and social sciences, supplemented by other packages such as Google Earth. Field collection of spatial data with GPS units. Course is computer-based and emphasizes individual research projects.

One of the courses satisfying the Methods requirement for the major and minor in Anthropology.

ANT 386 Seminars in Anthropology - Feminist Anthropology
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered 2016-2017)

Instructor
Staff

One-time seminars in selected topics in anthropology. Topics announced in advance.

Satisfies a major requirement in Anthropology

Counts in the Gender and Sexuality Studies major
 

ARB 250 Gender and Sexuality in the Middle East
Prerequisites & Notes

(Spring)

Instructor

Joubin

The objective of the course is to attain an interdisciplinary approach to the study of gender and sexuality in the Middle East. During the past few decades Middle East Gender studies has expanded rapidly, and this course will introduce students to the milestone monographs that established the field. From a focus on women as a category of analysis, to gender and masculinity studies, the field has expanded rapidly. This course examines gender as a category of analysis and focuses on productions of knowledge of sexual difference in Middle East society. We will examine the implication of modernity on men and women in the Middle East, following scholarship that does not adhere to the tradition versus modernity dichotomy, and we will pay particular attention to studies that examine the ambiguity of modernity. The intersection of nationalist and gendered discourse is among the themes this course will focus on. This course is conducted in English.

Satisfies a major requirement in Center for Interdisciplinary Studies major in Arab Studies and in Gender and Sexuality Studies.
Satisfies a minor requirement in Arab Studies and in Gender and Sexuality Studies.
Satisfies a distribution requirement in Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric.
Satisfies an interdisciplinary minor requirement in International Studies and in Middle East Studies.

ARB 340 Gender and Politics in Contemporary Syrian Literature
Prerequisites & Notes

Arabic 202 or permission of instructor.

Instructor
Joubin

This course will focus on the intersection of gender and politics in contemporary Syrian literature. Through an examination of the novels, short stories, autobiography, and poems of writers such as Hana Mina, Khayri al-Dhabhabi, Asima Darwish, Muhammad al-Maghut, and Khalid Khalifeh, students will be introduced to debates on the direction of society and politics in contemporary literature. Students will also be exposed to films and mini-series based on the literature and lives of several of the writers we will be studying. The goal of the course is for students to learn to comfortably read contemporary Syrian literature, and acquire the vocabulary necessary to discuss the key issues and themes relating to gender and politics. This course is taught entirely in Arabic.

Satisfies a minor requirement in Arabic.
Satisfies a major requirement in Gender Studies.
Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.
Counts toward the Asian Studies interdisciplinary minor, the Middle East Studies interdisciplinary minor, the International Studies interdisciplinary minor (Middle East sections), and Communication Studies interdisciplinary minor.
Satisfies the Literary Studies, Creative Writing and Rhetoric distribution requirements.
 

ARB 341 Gender Studies in the Arab World
Prerequisites & Notes

Arabic 202 or permission of instructor.

Instructor
Botros

The target of this course is to provide an overview of the key topics in the study of gender in the Arab world. This course provides a gendered understanding of prevailing ideologies, social practices, and trends for students interested in Arab politics and culture. Students will be presented with readings ranging from history, sociology, anthropology, political science, and media studies. The course is taught entirely in Arabic.

Satisfies a minor requirement in Arab Studies.
Satisfies a major requirement in Gender Studies.
Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.
Counts toward the Asian Studies interdisciplinary minor, the Middle East Studies interdisciplinary minor, the International Studies interdisciplinary minor (Middle East sections), and the Communication Studies interdisciplinary minor.
Satisfies the Literary Studies, Creative Writing and Rhetoric distribution requirements.
 

ART 222 Painted Women, Women Painting
Prerequisites & Notes

(Fall)

Instructor
Serebrennikov

As a survey of gender in art, this course's first half examines how women have been represented in Western art and what that implies about the balance of power between the genders over the centuries. The second half of the course deals with the gradual growth of art made by women, the issues addressed by that art, and its reception in American culture of the past century.

Satisfies Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.
 

BIO 233 Behavioral Ecology
Prerequisites & Notes

Successful completion of BIO 112/114 is required.  Not open to students with credit for BIO 223.

Instructor 
Stanback 

Behavioral ecology represents the intersection of Animal Behavior, Evolutionary Biology, and Ecology.  Behavioral ecologists are particularly interested in the fitness consequences (the adaptive significance) of the behavior of animals.  In this course, we will investigate foraging behavior, anti-predator behavior, territorial behavior, conflict, sexual selection, mating systems, parental care, and social systems.

BIO 263 Representations of HIV/AIDS (= ENG 285)
Prerequisites & Notes

Successful completion of BIO 111/113 is required.

Instructor
Wessner

What happens when literary critics and scientists converse?  In this team-taught course, we examine texts related to HIV/AIDS through the lens of the artist and the lens of the biologist.

Satisfies Liberal Studies distribution requirement. 

BIO 360 Biology of HIV/AIDS
Prerequisites & Notes

Successful completion of BIO 201, 202, or 208/238 and permission of the instructor are required.

Instructor
Wessner

In this upper-level seminar course, students read and discuss primary journal articles related to HIV/AIDS in a chronological fashion, beginning with the first scientific reports of HIV/AIDS from 1981 and progressing through the most recent articles.  Through this in-depth analysis of the scientific literature, students see how current advances in the field are predicated on earlier knowledge and begin to learn how technological advancements have led to new scientific knowledge. Throughout the semester, students also examine popular press accounts of major scientific advancements and investigate the role of reportage in this pandemic.

BIO 362 Issues in Reproductive Medicine
Prerequisites & Notes

Successful completion of BIO 111/113 and 112/114 or permission of instructor are required.

Instructor
Case

Advances in medical science give us an ever-increasing mastery of our "natural" reproductive processes.  Technologies for controlling our fertility, diagnosing and treating the fetus, and allowing premature neonates to complete their development ex-utero challenge our traditional ideas of parenthood, family, and even personal identity.  This seminar course addresses a myriad of economic, sociocultural, ethical, and legal questions by the new reproductive technologies.  The course is discussion-based, includes a semester-long project, and involves technology applications.

CHI 207 Engendering Chinese Cinema
Prerequisites & Notes

Taught in English. (Not offered every year.)

Instructor
Shen

Course examines gender relations in 20th-century China through cinematic representations. By looking in detail at the films of a few key directors and reading scholarly works, the class discusses the changing social and political positions of women in cinema from the 1920s to the 1990s, and how this change affects gender relations.

Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.

CHI 226 In the Name of Religion: Love and Gender in Chinese Fiction and Film
Prerequisites & Notes

Taught in English.

Instructor
Shao

This course will focus on love, gender roles, and sexuality in the religious contexts:  how they are conceived of according to Buddhism, Daoism, and Confucianism, and how they play out separately, as well as against each other.  The course will examine two distinct but closely related literary traditions.  One is literature in religion: it is a popular practice with both Buddhism and Daoism to employ literature as a vehicle for their ideologies.  The other is religion in literature: a popular literary tradition that habitually exploits religious themes and motifs for entertainment.

Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.
Students entering before 2012: satisfies Literature distribution requirement.

COM 218 Gendered Communication in Society (= SOC 218)
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Martinez

Examination of the social construction of gender in both personal relationships and professional contexts. Areas to be explored may include culture, verbal and nonverbal communication, family dynamics and close relationships, education, organizational communication, and roles in media.

Satisfies a major requirement in Sociology and in Gender and Sexuality Studies.
Satisfies a requirement in Gender & Sexuality Studies and Communication Studies interdisciplinary minor.
Satisfies Liberal Studies distribution requirement.
 

DAN 282 Dance, Gender, & Sexuality
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Bory

Through a transhistorical study of a various styles and forms, this lecture/discussion class examines a variety of issues around gender and sexuality illuminated in the staging, performance, and practice of dance. Understanding dance as a focused site for conceptualizing how bodies make meaning, this course explores the social and historical configuration of dancing bodies and dance's capacity to form and transform social identities. Course work includes readings, performance viewings, presentations, and written assignments.

Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies Liberal Studies distribution requirement.
Satisfies a major requirement in Gender & Sexuality Studies.
Satisfies a minor requirement in Gender & Sexuality Studies.
Satisfies a requirement in the Interpersonal/Intercultural track in Communication Studies

DAN 286 (Dis)ability: A Creative Laboratory of Self and Society
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Anderson

In this course students can expect to investigate the idea of disability in a multimodal environment of learning and knowledge production.  Students will engage with lecture, discussion, videos, readings, and creative intersectional explorations that expound upon upon how society and individuals construct the meaning of disability. An undercurrent of this course to examine how the pathologizing of the body (at times disability) is linked with several different identity politics and how depathologizing disability is intertwined with deconstructing interconnected systems of oppression. A few specific examples include the use of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) in pathologizing homosexuality, the construction of humanness with notions of intellect and consciousness and problematic racial constructions, and the connection between mental health and homelessness.  Therefore this class intersects disability with race, class, gender, sexuality, and education and has the opportunity for students to make connections to other identity categories. This course welcomes students from all background who are open to exploring ideas regarding ability, identity, and our society.

 

Satisfies a requirement in the Gender & Sexuality Studies major and minor.
Satisfies a minor requirement in Dance.
Satisfies an interdisciplinary minor requirement in Health and Human Values.
Satisfies a
Liberal Studies distribution requirement.
Satisfies a cultural diversity requirement.

DIG 340 Gender and Technology
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not Offered 2016-2017)

Instructor
Staff

This class explores the relationship between gender and technology in the digital age. We will consider the countless ways modern technology shapes our attitudes toward and experiences of sex, power, play, and work, and even the way digital technology shapes our bodies. Other topics will include the representation of gender in digital media, feminism and protest in digital spaces, queer gaming, and gender performance through social media.

Satisfies a major requirement in Gender and Sexuality Studies.
Satisfies a minor requirement in Gender and Sexuality Studies.
Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies Liberal Studies distribution requirement.

ECO 105 Statistics and Basic Econometrics
Prerequisites & Notes

One laboratory session per week.

Instructor
Staff

Application of probability and statistics to economic analysis. Topics include: probability rules, discrete and continuous random variables, confidence intervals, hypothesis tests, correlation, and regression. Spreadsheet software is utilized. An economics research paper is a major component of the course.

Satisfies the Mathematical and Quantitative Thought distribution requirement. 

ECO 205 Econometrics
Prerequisites & Notes

Economics 101 and either Economics 105 or permission of the instructor. 
One laboratory session per week.

Instructor
Staff

Applications of linear regression analysis to economic analysis. Topics include model specification, parameter estimation, inference, and problems relating to data issues, statistical concerns, and model diagnostics. Statistical software is utilized. An economics research paper is a major component of the course.

Satisfies the Mathematical and Quantitative Thought distribution requirement. 

EDU 260 Oppression & Education (=SOC 261)
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Kelly

(Cross-listed as SOC 261.) This course examines various manifestations of oppression in the United States and the questions they raise about inequality and social justice within educational institutions.  We will apply methods of critical analysis drawn from anthropology, sociology, cultural studies, and psychology to an examination of social issues in the United States educational system.  We will examine education as a central site of conflict over the gap between the United States' egalitarian mission and its unequal structure, processes, and outcomes.  Students will rethink contemporary solutions to social diversity in education, develop a social justice framework which emphasizes inequality, and design an institutional ethnographic project as a critical intervention in schools and society.

Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.
Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.
 

ENG 220 Literary Analysis
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor 
Campbell, Churchill, Fackler, Lewis, Miller, Nelson, Vaz

Designed for majors. Emphasizes theoretical approaches and critical strategies for the written analysis of poetry, fiction, and drama and/or film. Writing intensive. Required for the major.  Students who major in English should complete 220 by the end of the sophomore year. Those who do not meet this deadline must make special arrangements with the Chair.

Satisfies the Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric distribution requirement.

ENG 231 Young Adult Fiction
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Campbell

Ever wonder what would move people to forbid, burn, even stab books? Come explore this question in Young Adult Literature. In this course, we will consider YA fiction from both various critical perspectives and within various educational contexts. Over the semester, we will review a brief history of the genre; examine a range of contemporary young adult fiction; discuss the purposes of and controversies about teaching such works in middle and high school contexts; and do research on case studies in which specific texts have been contested. By semester's end, students will know much about how literature works-and is presumed to work-in and on contemporary American society. 

Satisfies the Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric distribution requirement.

ENG 244 Arthurian Masculinities: Queerness in the Age of Chivalry
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Ford

Exploration of the Arthurian tradition with special emphasis on the construction and function of masculinity and gender in the world of King Arthur's court. Readings will be drawn from medieval English and continental Arthurian narratives as well as medieval intellectual culture and contemporary gender theory and queer theory. The course will present medieval writers as dynamically engaged in the interrogation and reshaping of concepts gender in their own times and places. It will likewise investigate our present-day inheritance from the Arthurian tradition, with particular reference to the notions of "courtesy" and "chivalry."

Satisfies a major and minor requirement in Gender and Sexuality Studies.
Satisfies the Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric distribution requirement.

 

ENG 271 Disability in Literature and Art
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Fox

In this course, we will explore disability as it is depicted in literary and cultural texts, from the canon to disability culture.  These representations are sometimes used metaphorically, as representations of extreme innocence or evil.  Likewise, they might reduce the experience of the disability to a conquerable challenge, or to a fate worse than death.  We will reconsider disability history, question socially defined categories of normalcy and ability, and learn about the presence of disability culture.  Rather than trying to catalogue all the examples of disability in literature, this course seeks to use disability studies as a genesis point and theoretical framework through which to examine several core questions about disability, literature, and the problems and opportunities arising from the intersection of the two.  We will reconsider representations of disability in literature; examine how disability is a culturally constructed category like race, gender, class, and sexuality (and how it intersects with those); study contemporary writing, performance, and art from disability culture; and consider how disability aesthetics can meaningfully contribute to the processes and products of artistic creation.  This course presumes no prior coursework in English and welcomes those from across the disciplines interested in studying the social and cultural experience of disability as a way to inform their own work in the arts and sciences.

Satisfies Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric distribution requirements

 

ENG 282 African American Literature: From Colonialism to Renaissance
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Flanagan


This introductory course takes students on a literary journey that begins with Sundiata's An Epic of Old Mali-- which allows for discussions of what might be African in African American Literature-- through Harlem, and ends at the start of the Black Aesthetic Movement. Through close readings, lectures and discussions, students will learn how to analyze and comprehend literature. Students will write short responses to selected works, offer oral presentations, and end the course with a production of a major essay.

Satisfies the Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric distribution requirement.

ENG 285 Representations of HIV/AIDS (= BIO 263)
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructors
Fox, Wessner

(Cross-listed as Biology 263). What happens when literary critics and scientists converse? In this team-taught course, we will examine texts related to HIV/AIDS through the lens of the artist and the lens of the biologist.

Satisfies the Liberal Studies distribution requirement.
 

ENG 288 Contemporary Amer Multicultural American Drama
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Fox

  • What does it mean to use the stage to give voice to being part of a multicultural community?
  • How does theater help fight stereotypes and oppression?
  • In what ways do plays rewrite history and create pride?
  • What does it mean to stage the multicultural experience in a globalized world?
  • How does theater show us the intersections of different kinds of identity?

This course will answer these questions and more through our study of twentieth- and twenty-first century drama from several rich traditions of multicultural playwriting in America. Communities represented will include African-Americans, Asian Americans, disabled Americans, Latino/a Americans and LGBTQ Americans. We will explore issues raised in their plays including identity, the American Dream, stereotypes, history, and hope. No prior experience reading drama is necessary.

Satisfies the Cultural diversity requirement.

ENG 294 Harlem Renaissance
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Churchill

Topics vary.  

Read major texts of the Harlem Renaissance and explore issues of race, gender, sexuality, migration, & diaspora that shaped this formative moment in twentieth century literature. We will read poetry, fiction, essays, and plays by W. E. B. DuBois, Countee Cullen, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Nella Larsen, Claude McKay, and others, situating their work in the context of developments in modern art, music, sociology, psychology, and print culture.

Satisfies the Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric distribution requirement. Counts toward the Africana Studies Major.
 

ENG 295 Women Writers
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Fackler, Staff

This course prowls the house of fiction's dangerous and often forbidden spaces employing the visions and voices of transgressive agents, who go places they should not, wrestle monsters literal and figurative, and rescue bodies (of information and imagination) essential to us all. Readings: selected 19th, 20th, and 21st century fiction by women, from A Room of One's Own, to In the Cut, to Swamplandia, and lots of great works in between.   

Satisfies the Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric distribution requirement.

ENG 360 Studies in Brit Lit: 1660-1900 A: Desire or B: British Literature Since 1945 or C: Trad/Originality
Prerequisites & Notes

Studies in Brit Lit: 1660-1900

Instructor

Varies

Courses A,  B and C satisfies the Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric distribution requirement.
Check schedule to determine which section is being offered.

Course list for British Literature

360A - Desire

Instructor
Fackler

Examines representations of sexuality, desires, and passion in British literature. This trans-historical course proceeds both from the observation that we may see sexuality as a set of scripted performances and from the theory that sexual desire has a history, even a literary one.

Prerequisites & Notes
First-year students require permission of the instructor.


360B -  British Literature Since 1945

Instructor
Fackler

An analysis of the novels, short fiction, drama, and poetry of the postwar years in Britain, up to the present moment, with special attention to both historical context and the stylistic innovations of the period.

Prerequisites & Notes
First-year students require permission of the instructor.
 

360C - Tradition and Originality
Instructor

Ingram

This course charts the shifting definitions of both "tradition" and "originality" in British literature of the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries.  The course will consider these shifting definitions in three overlapping contexts:  literary (how can a text so obviously and deeply indebted to other texts as Milton's Paradise Lost claim to accomplish "things unattempted yet in prose or rhyme"?  how do literary artists respond as the list of "things unattempted yet" shrinks?); historical (how did changing concepts of authorship and of intellectual property both shape and reflect British literature of the period?); theoretical (who or what defines "tradition"?  to what extent is "originality" possible-or desirable?).  In a series of case studies, the course examines some origin stories, such as where the novel came from and how some writers became celebrities.  It follows those stories to the present day, with the awareness that issues of tradition and originality extend beyond any course.

ENG 363 History of the Novel
Prerequisites & Notes

First-year students require permission of the instructor.

Instructor
Fackler

The origins of the novel in Britain and the circumstances, both historical and sociological, surrounding its emergence. 

 

Satisfies the Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric distribution requirement.
Satisfies the Literature distribution requirement.

ENG 383 Ethnic American Literature A: Black Poetics and "the Queer" or B: Black Literature Since 1953-- The Poetics of Black Beauty
Prerequisites & Notes

Ethnic American Literature

Instructor

Varies

Both A and B satisfies the Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric distribution requirement.
Counts toward the Africana Studies major.


383A Ethnic American Literature-Black Poetics and "the Queer"
Instructor

Staff

Predating the nation's founding, African American literature has been marked since its inception by its writers 1) affirming their equal humanity under the auspices of divine forces while being treated as subhuman property; 2) staking claim upon and expanding the ideals of what constitutes American identity and culture; and 3) reflecting on their state of being as those living with what preeminent scholar W.E.B. Du Bois terms a "double consciousness," a keen, spiritual awareness of a dual citizenship and ancestry in these United States and in a continent that has always been at once reviled for its link to dark skin and religious and cultural difference and revered for its wealth of natural resources. This course will explore that journey of discovery, mourning and protest-subtle in its nuanced critique in the eighteenth century and at times scathing in its nineteenth-, twentieth-, and twenty-first century manifestations-in the poetics of African American writers. Primarily, we will be studying lineated poetry, but we will also ponder the ways these writers blur and expand genre boundaries in poetic fiction, nonfiction prose, spoken word, and song and in the ways that gender and sexuality further complicate what it means to be non-white and American. This course will close by mining the poetics of writers of color of other ethnicities who have arrived on these shores experiencing similar ostracism and oppression and have adapted African Americans' creative, rhetorical modes to serve their own poetic (re)visions and expansions of American, non-white identities. In this course, we'll explore the possibilities of the word "queer,"  as it is used by the writers themselves, both in the classical sense of odd and striking deviation from a norm and for its contemporary theoretical utility in exploring representations of non-heteronormative sexuality and gender performance.​


383B Ethnic American Literatures:  Black Literature Since 1953 -- The Poetics of Black Beauty
Instructor

Staff

Starting with Gwendolyn Brooks' Maud Martha and "The Mother" from her 1963 Collected Poems and culminating with the "rachet/bootylicious" poetics of Beyoncé, this course will trace the ways that black female artists have continued to cast off expectations of respectability, invoking the sinful, the risqué, the forbidden, as they complicate the mantra "Black Is Beautiful" that was central to the "black aesthetic" Amiri Baraka, Addison Gayle, Larry Neal, and others posited as essential to liberate the race from the tyranny of the white imagination. Along the way, the poems of Nikki Giovanni, Lucille Clifton, Ai, Alice Walker, Audre Lorde, Rita Dove, and others will be used to reflect on their invocation of and tribute to the performance of singer-activists Josephine Baker, Nina Simone, Tina Turner, Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, and others who have informed the hypersexual diva ethos Beyoncé has used to dominate contemporary pop culture.

ENG 388 Contemporary Theatre
Prerequisites & Notes

First-year students require permission of the instructor.

388 Contemporary Theatre

Instructor
Fox

Despite our highly visual and multimedia age, we don't often think of the stage as being a site of significant cultural conversation.   Yet there is simply no substitute for the vitality and importance of live theater.  To paraphrase Edward Albee, theater puts the mirror up in front of an audience and asks them: "This is who you are. Now what are you going to do about it?"

This course will examine the origins and development of contemporary theatre in the Western tradition, post-1960, with an emphasis on American and British drama. We will particularly place a heavy emphasis on text-based drama of the last two decades, examining the ways in which recent theater has asked its audiences to contemplate issues of concern to contemporary life including (though not limited to) race in America; global violence against women; class division; and the commodification of human relations, both personal and international.  We will also discuss how theater challenges us to find creative solutions through connection, community, and claiming identity. No prior experience reading drama is necessary.

In the past, this course has included works by (but is not limited to): August Wilson, David Henry Hwang, Quiara Alegría Hudes, Lynn Nottage, Brandon Jacobs-Jenkins, Robert O'Hara, Adrienne Kennedy, Amiri Baraka​, Jez Butterworth, Tony Kushner, and Ayad Akhtar. 

Satisfies the Literary, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric distribution requirement.

ENG 391 Literary Criticism
Prerequisites & Notes

First-year students require permission of the instructor.

 

Instructor 
Kuzmanovich

Analytic and comparative reading of major critical texts.

Satisfies the Philosophical and Religious Perspectives distribution requirement.

ENG 392 Literature of the American South
Prerequisites & Notes

First-year students require permission of the instructor.

Instructor  
Staff

In this course students explore works by eleven southern women writers including Dorothy Allison, Harriet Arnow, Kate Chopin, Zora Neale Hurston, Harper Lee, Toni Morrison, Flannery O'Connor, Sheri Reynolds, Alice Walker, Jesmyn Ward, and Eudora Welty. Together we will encounter narratives that challenge our understanding of public and private histories and impel us to consider both theoretically and personally the effects of gender, race, class, and region on creative expression and the stories that unfold.  We will question the texts, their contexts, and ourselves, always acknowledging Welty's assertion that "there is absolutely everything in fiction but a clear answer."  The course will include both lecture and discussion. 

"The universe is made of stories, not atoms." Muriel Rukeyser
 

Counts toward the Gender & Sexuality Studies major, and the Africana Studies major.
Satisfies the Literary, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric distribution requirement.

 

ENG 472 Seminar A: Gossip or B: Twenty-First-Century British Literature or C: Joyce/Nabokov
Prerequisites & Notes

Juniors and Seniors only. 

Check the schedule to determine which section is being offered.
 

472A Gossip

Instructor
Fackler

Drawing on cultural studies and performance studies, this trans-historical and transnational course investigates the role gossip plays in literature, psychoanalysis, journalism, politics, television, film, and new media. The seminar foregrounds the imbrication of gossip and scandal with constructions of gender and sexuality.

This topic counts for the Gender and Sexuality Studies major.
 

472B 21st Century British Literature

Instructor
Fackler

This course considers the transformation of the book as artifact and idea since the turn of the century. We will investigate the new, often experimental, narrative forms authors have developed as a response to such twenty-first-century pressures as globalization, terrorism, and genetic engineering. Questions for the seminar include: What are the overarching concerns for fiction in the wake of the postmodern and postcolonial moment? What kind of relationship can we expect between science and literature in the 21st-century novel? Does contemporary science contribute to newly emergent structures of feeling that the novel might register? And if such structures call up concepts of the posthuman, how might they sit with the traditionally humanistic orientation of the novel as a broadly popular genre?  How does post-9/11 fiction respond to current fears of technological and/or natural annihilation? What are the factors determining pre-canonical status for the texts on this syllabus, and how can we understand the new circulation of global capital and cultural value? Students will consider the following concepts: virtual fiction; cloning, the post-human, and dystopian responses to the possibility of a genetically engineered future; alternative modes of narration; the figure of the artist manqué; ghostwriting as a narrative technique (and as a 21st-century replacement for the omniscient narrator); detective fiction; fictions of terrorism and the politics of post-9/11 vulnerability; the new Bildungsroman; the author business, and the influence of book clubs and literary prizes such as the Man Booker. 
 

472C Joyce/Nabokov

Instructor

Kuzmanovich

Why a seminar on Joyce/Nabokov?   Like most seminars, this one requires intensive attention to the themes and techniques of  major writers.  These two long dead writers consists of their still having in print almost all the books they've written,  with those books provoking over 10,000 critical pieces just since 1963.  Joyce's influence is acknowledged by Samuel Beckett, Jorge Luis Borges, Anthony Burgess, Philip K. Dick, Umberto Eco, William Faulkner, Arthur Miller, Raymond Queneau, Philip Roth, Salman Rushdie, Tom Stoppard, and Derek Walcott while Martin Amis,  John Barth, Paul Bowles, Italo Calvino, Bobby Ann Mason, James Merrill, Thomas Pynchon, W.G. Sebald, Zadie Smith, Mark Strand,  Amy Tan, and Richard Wilbur mention Nabokov's, and probably Joyce's by way of Nabokov.

Method:  We will concentrate on (1) their styles (Joyce's "High Modernist" and Nabokov's supposed "post-modernist"/"metafictional"/"intertextual" one) since the grit in these men's words has gotten under the skin of many a reader with an innovative critical approach; (2) their tendencies to generate their respective narrative authority from events in their own lives, especially their respective experiences of exile; (3) their depictions of Love in its various forms (including the loss of it); (4) the absenting presence of the big bogey, Death; and (5) the last member of that robust triumvirate, Art. 

Goals:   A foretaste of mature and thoughtful reading; confidence that you can do independent, original,  and careful scholarship on even the most challenging writing.

But is this class really for you?  If you believe that certain words or subjects should be off-limits to writers or readers, this is not the class for you.  Ulysses and Lolita each continue to sell well over 100,000 copies per year, yet they not only contain but also provoke language and situations which some students may find objectionable.  This is a class for those students who not only possess the already uncommon share of discipline, imagination, memory, and attention to details vouchsafed to most who choose Davidson, but who are also blessed with an ability to heft another's words and deliver and withstand therapeutic non-rancorous badgering especially on the topics of  suspending disbelief in the transfigurative power of art and the (ir)relevance of contemporary critical theory. 

Texts: 0-14-024774-2 Joyce,  Dubliners; 670-0 180301; Joyce, Portrait of the Artist as Young Man; 0-19-511029-3 Fargnoli: James Joyce A-Z 0-394-74312-1; Joyce: Ulysses, Gabler Edition;  0-679-72725-6 Nabokov, Gift; 1-883011-18-3 Novels and Memoirs; 1-883011-19-1 Novels 1955-1962 0-679-72997-6; Nabokov,  Stories  of Vladimir Nabokov; 052153643X; Connolly, The Cambridge Companion to Nabokov (Recommended Only); 0-679-72609-8 Nabokov: Strong Opinions (Recommended Only); 978-0-3-0-7-27189-1Nabokov, The Original of Laura (Recommended Only)

ENG 494 Seminar: A: Disability in Literature or B: Multicultural Literature
Prerequisites & Notes

Juniors and seniors only.

Check schedule to determine which section is being offered.


494A Disability in Literature

Instructor
Fox

The literary tradition in Engish is rife with representation of disability.  These representations are sometimes used metaphorically, as representations of extreme innocence or evil.  Likewise, they might reduce the experience of the disability to a conquerable challenge, or to a fate worse than death.  Disability Studies asks us to reframe our understanding of disability history, question socially defined categories of normalcy and ability, and understand and learn about the presence of "disability culture" and its widely diverse members are also using literature to tell their own stories in a vibrant new artistic tradition.  Literature is and has been obsessed with the disabled body, both as metaphor and actual subject -- an extension of the degree to which disability has loomed in the larger societal imagination in one way or another across centuries.

Rather than trying to catalogue all the examples of disability in literature, this seminar seeks to use disabililty studies as a genesis point and theoretical framework through which to examine several core questions about disability, literature, and the problems and opportunities arising from the intersection of the two.  We will:

  • Recconsider representations of disability in literary, artistic, and cultural texts.  We'll ask how these are used as "narrative prosthesis."  How are such depictions used as literary devices?  What beliefs do these images promote about disability?
  • Examine how "disability" and "normalcy" are culturally constructed categories like race, gender, class, and sexuality.  How does disability intersect with these other identity categories?
  • Study contemporary writing, performance, and art from disability culture. This writing establishes history, explores identity, refutes/reclaims stereotypes, and promotes discourse within the disability community.  We will look at genres ranging from memoir to fiction to performance to film.
  • Consider how a "disability aesthtic" of literature might be conceived.  How can disability contribute to the reconsideration of the processes and products of literary creation?

Therefore, while our course has a loose chronological frame, it's more appropriate to think of it as organized conceptually.  The survey here will be of the questions to which the intersection of disability and literature gives rise.  While this is a senior English seminar, disability studies is a very interdisciplinary field.  Junior and senior students in other majors with an interest in the course topic are very welcome to join; the course does not presuppose a familiarity with disability studies.

Fulfills the Cultural Diversity requirement as well as the Diversity requirement for the English major. 

 

494B Multicultural Literature

Instructor
Campbell

Beyond just teaching children letters, counting, and shames, children's literature teaches individuals how to interact with one another based on their similarities and differences.  This seminar will explore how what is accepted and promoted as "appropriate" multicultural representation in literature for children and adolescent changes over time.  At a moment of intense American debates about immigration, demographic shifts, and marriage equality, we will explore issues of power and representation-who has the right to write, whose stories are worth telling, what version of those stories should one tell through focusing on literature for children, including picture books, stories, comics, and short novels.

Fulfills the Cultural Diversity requirement.

ENG 495 Seminar: Cleopatra
Prerequisites & Notes

Not open to first-year students and sophomores without instructor's permission.  

495G Cleopatra

Instructor
Lewis

Cleopatra has endured as an icon from her own lifetime to the present.  Was she among the first feminists or as poisonous as the asp that took her life?  This interdisciplinary seminar will explore the fascination with and manipulation of Cleopatra's image over the centuries.  Beginning with Stacy Schiff's recent biography of her, we'll explore her appropriation by such authors as Plutarch, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Dryden, and Shaw, as well as by visual artists and in films like Joseph Mankiewicz's Cleopatra, starring Elizabeth Taylor. 

Satisfies a major and minor requirement in Gender and Sexuality Studies.

FMS 220 Introduction to Film and Media Studies
Prerequisites & Notes

(Fall)

Instructors
Lerner, McCarthy

An introduction to the history and analysis of screen media, with an emphasis on film (feature films, documentaries, animation, and experimental) together with an examination of ways cinematic techniques of storytelling do and do not find their ways into later media like television and video games. Lectures and discussions supplemented by theoretical readings and weekly screenings.

Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.
Required course for fulfilling the Film and Media Studies Interdisciplinary Minor.

FRE 220 Literature and Madness
Prerequisites & Notes

French 201 or above. (Spring)

Instructor
Sainte-Claire

Satisfies distribution requirement in Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric.
 

FRE 223 Childhood and Youth
Prerequisites & Notes

French 201 or above. (Fall)

Instructor
Slawy-Sutton

Literature treating the theme, "l'enfance et l'adolescence,'' through different genres and literary periods. Typical authors: Maupassant, Colette, Prévert, Anouilh, Sarraute, Sebbar, Chedid.

Satisfies distribution requirement in Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric.

FRE 320 Husbands, Wives, and Lovers
Prerequisites & Notes

Any course numbered French 220 or above, or permission of the instructor. (Not offered 2016-17.)

Instructor
Kruger

Study of representations of female adultery in the 19th century French novel with emphasis on the social stereotypes and cultural myths at play in French fiction. Typical authors: Flaubert, Barbey d'Aurevilly, Balzac, Sand, Maupassant, Mérimée.

Satisfies distribution requirement in Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric.

GSS 101 Introduction to Gender and Sexuality Studies
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Tilburg, Fackler, Gonzalez

This class provides an interdisciplinary introduction to the analytical tools, key scholarly debates, history, and research subfields of gender and sexuality studies. It pays particular attention to the construction and deployment of gender as a cultural category across various social institutions. Students will learn to assess and analyze documents pertaining to the history of and contemporary state of feminisms and women's rights, masculinity, queer theory, disability studies, body image and consumer culture, intersectionality, as well as a host of gendered questions related to health, work, the family, violence, and politics.
Students entering 2012: Satisfies Liberal Studies distribution requirement

GSS 201 Feminist and Queer Theories
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Tilburg, Boyer, Horowitz

This class explores the epistemological and theoretical foundations of Gender and Sexuality Studies. Students will become familiarized with the different theoretical traditions that inform contemporary gender analysis, and examine scholarly definitions of gender and sexuality. We discuss the means by which gender and sexuality are produced and reproduced at the individual and institutional levels, their intersection with other dimensions of social difference, as well as various related approaches to and interpretations of equality, justice, and freedom.

GSS 220 Topics in Queer Studies
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Staff

This course provides an introduction to the field of queer studies by way of a specialized topic. Course content and emphasis will vary with instructor, but sample topics include queer theories, queer of color critiques, queer popular culture, transgender studies, and queer activism.

 

Satisfies a major requirement in Gender and Sexuality Studies - content course for society and politics of trade

Satisfies a minor requirement in Gender and Sexuality Studies-elective

Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies Liberal Studies distribution requirement

Gss Topics in Queer studies-

This course provides an introduction to the field of queer studies by way of a specialized topic. Course content and emphasis will vary with intructor, but sample topics include queer theories, queer of color critiques, queer popular culture, transgender studies and queer activisim.

GSS 321 Sex Outside the City
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Horowitz

Since the early 1990s, many queer theorists have reasserted the centrality of western cities to the formation of queer subjectivities. But more recent scholarship has challenged this assumption, suggesting that not only have LGBTQ identities historically developed in suburban, rural, and non-western locales, but that the dominant urban narrative reinforces white, upper-class maleness as the norm of queer life. This course examines the ways in which space is queered and queerness emerges in response to metropolitan, non-metropolitan, Western, and non-Western space. We will examine the queer convergence of the public and the private, the processes by which space is simultaneously raced and gendered, the relationship between sexuality and built environments, and the role of capitalism and neoliberalism in producing queer individuals and networks.

 Satisfies a major requirement in Gender and Sexuality Studies -Histories and Geneologies Track

Satisfies a minor requirement in Gender and Sexuality Studies - elective

Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies liberal studies distribution requirement.

GSS 324 Sex, Law, Modernity (= HIS 324)
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Boyer, Tilburg

This course, team-taught by a historian of European gender and a legal and literary scholar of the Hispanic world, will introduce students to the ways that early modern and modern Western societies have intervened in and defined categories of illicit sexual desire, identity, and conduct. Modern European states took an abiding interest in regulating what they considered to be disordered and deviant sexual persons- the Homosexual, the Prostitute, the Intersexed. These same states took a marked interest in enforcing public health and hygiene by way of laws targeting private sexual behavior, from birth control to interracial relationships. These interventions expressed sharp anxieties about the character of modern life: urbanization, industrialization, democratization, the rise of the middle classes, empire. The course will combine an interrogation of primary texts from the early modern and modern periods with secondary and theoretical works dealing with history, law, and sexuality.

Satisfies a major requirement in History

Satisfies a major requirement in Gender and Sexuality Studies.  Only counted in one track.

Satisfies a minor requirement in Gender and Sexuality Studies  Only counted in one track.

Satisfies a distribution requirement in Historical Thought

GSS 340 Transnational Sexualities Studies
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Horowitz

This course surveys a number of emerging frameworks for rethinking the concept of queerness from a transnational perspective. Our investigations will move between theory and lived experience, within and across national borders, and will challenge key Western assumptions about sexual development, freedom, identity, and citizenship. We will consider questions such as: To what extent do Western paradigms of sex, gender, and sexuality limit our understanding of non-Western sexual cultures? How does the relationship between sexual practice and sexual identity shift across cultures? How do tourists and migrants negotiate, adapt, and remake sexual discourses and economies as they move in and through new spaces? How has the legacy of colonialism shaped and been shaped by sexual practice? How is sexuality used to articulate national, racial, class, and ethnic identities?

Satisfies a major requirement in Gender and Sexuality Studies

Satisfies a minor requirement in Gender and Sexuality Studies

Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement

Students entering before 2012: satisfies social science distribution requirement

Satisfies cultural diversity requirement

GSS 350 Sex Radicals!
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Horowitz

When we think about queer and feminist politics, we typically think of the processes by which women and LGBT people have effected change through legislation, court cases, and supporting candidates friendly to their causes. But much U.S. queer and feminist thought and activism has taken root outside the bounds of liberal electoral politics. This course centers on the fringes. It surveys the writings of less-palatable political actors: punks, anarchists, communists, anti-capitalists, sex workers, black radicals, and prison abolitionists. In exploring these political genealogies, we will ask: How does the personal constitute the political? What counts as (legitimate) political action according to whom? (How) can social change be effected outside of electoral politics and state institutions? What should be the role of the state in regulating labor and distributing rights and entitlements? What priorities have animated the various radical traditions within queer and feminist thought, and how have they addressed or failed to address race, class, ethnicity, and disability? How have these traditions intersected and diverged? Why have contemporary queer radicals come to focus on issues less obviously connected to gender and sexuality like global capitalism, drone warfare, and police militarization?

 

Satisfies a requirement for the Gender and Sexuality Studies major and minor.
Satisfies a Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.
Satisfies a cultural diversity requirement.

 

GSS 390 Sexuality and Public Discourses in the United States
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Hillard

This course examines the history of sexuality in the United States from 1642 to the present through the lens of primary documents, analyzed using rhetorical methods.

Satisfies a major requirement in Gender and Sexuality Studies.
Satisfies a minor requirement in Gender and Sexuality Studies.
Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement.

GSS 431 The Science of Sex
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Staff

Contemporary understandings of sex, gender, and sexuality are shaped by a long history of scientific work in fields as diverse as sexology, genetics, phrenology, eugenics, biology, and more. This course traces how these understandings shaped and were shaped by sex, gender, and sexuality. The course begins with early work in the field of feminist science studies, then turns to questions of taxonomy and difference before interrogating the role of nationalisms in sex-related sciences. The class also explores American eugenics, early work in sexology and the study of homosexuality, sex and the brain in the contemporary U.S., problems with sex differentiation, the role of sex in current ecological sciences, assisted reproductive technologies, posthuman bodies, and feminist interventions in technosciences.

 

Satisfies a major requirement in Gender and Sexuality Studies

Satisfies a minor requirement in Gender and Sexuality Studies

GSS 440 Matters of Life and Death: Biopower, Necropolitics, Sex
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor-Horowitz

In this course, we will investigate how definitions of life and death have evolved over the last two centuries and how those definitions have shaped American culture and policy. We will ask who is empowered to make decisions about who lives and who dies and by what authority; what bodies are included and excluded in discussions of bio- and necropolitics; and how gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, and religion frame and become framed by matters of life and death.

Satisfies a major requirement in Gender and Sexuality Studies

Satisfies an interdisciplinary minor requirement in Gender and Sexuality Studies

Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought requirement

HIS 225 Women and Work: Gender and Society in Britain, 1700-1918
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Dietz

An examination of British women's lives and social relations with regard to production-artistic, domestic, industrial, intellectual, etc.-in the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries. 

Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement.
Students entering before 2012: satisfies History distribution requirement.

HIS 228 The Modern Body: Gender, Sex, and Politics in France
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Tilburg

One of the greatest "discoveries" of modern historical thought has been that even the human body has aspects that are historically contingent.  Examines the way historians of modern France tackled the history of the body. 

Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement. 
Students entering before 2012: satisfies History distribution requirement.

HIS 243 Native Women
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Stremlau

How have Indigenous, American Indian, Native American, and First Nations women constructed their identities, participated in their societies, and responded to common experiences, particularly those resulting from colonization? How did Indigenous women's ancestors live, and how have cultural traditions and identities been lost, maintained, and reconfigured over time? Through historical scholarship, films, fiction, and autobiography, the voices of Indigenous women and their allies speak eloquently about the diversity and complexity of these women's lives over time and across place.

 

Meets the Historical Thought distribution requirement

HIS 244 Settlement of the American West, 1800-1900
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Staff

An examination of three controversial issues connected with the settlement of the American West-gender, race, and environment. 

Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement. 
Students entering before 2012: satisfies History distribution requirement.
Satisfies depth or breadth course requirement in the humanities track of the Environmental Studies major or interdisciplinary minor.

HIS 275 Drugs in East Asia
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Staff

This is an introduction to the history of addiction and psychoactive substances - opium, tobacco, and alcohol - in East Asia from 1600-present. Questions involving the consumption, circulation, perception, and regulation of psychoactive substances will be discussed.

Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.
Satisfies requirement in Asian Studies, International Studies, Health and Human Values, and Neuroscience Interdisciplinary Minors.

HIS 307 Women and Gender in U.S. History Since 1870
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Stremlau


The history of women in the United States from 1870 to the present, with emphasis on educational and work experiences, the suffrage movement and the ongoing struggle for women's equality, family and sexuality, and differences of race, class, and sexual orientation.

HIS 324 Illicit Sexualities: Sex, Law, and Modernity = GSS 324
Prerequisites & Notes

This course, team-taught by a historian of European gender and a legal and literary scholar of the Hispanic world, will introduce students to the ways that early modern and modern Western societies have intervened in and defined categories of illicit sexual desire, identity, and conduct. Modern European states took an abiding interest in regulating what they considered to be disordered and deviant sexual persons-- the Homosexual, the Prostitute, the Intersexed. These same states took a marked interest in enforcing public health and hygiene by way of laws targeting private sexual behavior, from birth control to interracial relationships. These interventions expressed sharp anxieties about the character of modern life: urbanization, industrialization, democratization, the rise of the middle classes, empire. The course will combine an interrogation of primary texts from the early modern and modern periods with secondary and theoretical works dealing with history, law, and sexuality.

 

Satisfies a major requirement in History

Satisfies a major requirement in Gender and Sexuality Studies.  Only counted in one track.

Satisfies a minor requirement in Gender and Sexuality Studies  Only counted in one track.

Satisfies a distribution requirement in Historical Thought

HIS 336 European Women and Gender, 1650-Present
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Tilburg

The contributions of women in modern Europe, as well as the ways that gender difference was employed in constructing political and social relations. Topics include scientific debates and women, the birth of feminism, women and the Industrial Revolution, prostitution, women and fascism, and changing concepts of masculinity. 

Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement. 
Students entering before 2012: satisfies History distribution requirement.

HIS 364 Gender and History in Latin America
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Mangan

Women's and men's experiences and how gender roles have shaped the social and political history of Latin America. Themes include conquest encounters, elite and religious notions of gender propriety, labor roles, and political activism. 

Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement. 
Students entering before 2012: satisfies History distribution requirement.
Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.

HIS 378 Gender and Sexuality in Modern South Asia
Prerequisites & Notes

This course will investigate constructions of gender relations as power relations, as well as perceptions of sexuality in South Asia as historical phenomena from the seventeenth century to the present. Subjects include: cultural conceptions of family; notions of same-sex desire; law, tradition, and reform; the making of gender relations across the nineteenth and twentieth centuries as they were informed by colonialism and nationalism.

 

Satisfies a major requirement in History

Satisfies a major requirement in Gender and Sexuality Studies

Satisfies a minor requirement in Gender and Sexuality Studies

Satisfies an interdisciplinary minor requirement in South Asian Studies

Satisfies an interdisciplinary minor requirement in International Studies

Satisfies a distribution requirement in Historical Thought

Meets the cultural diversity graduation requirement

HIS 389 Women, Gender, and Sexuality in Japan
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Mortensen

This course explores gender dynamics and the lives of women in Japan from the nineteenth century to the present day. It introduces students to the gendered dimensions of Confucianism, marriage, paid employment and unpaid work, parenting, war, political activism, structural power, and popular culture in Japan. Other topics include the political, social, and economic challenges that Japanese women and the Japanese LGBTQ community continue to face.


Satisfies a requirement for the History, East Asian Studies, and Gender and Sexuality Studies majors.
Satisfies a requirement for the Gender and Sexuality Studies minor.
Satisfies a requirement for the East Asian Studies and International Studies interdisciplinary minors.
Satisfies an Historical Thought distribution requirement.
Satisfies a cultural diversity requirement.

 

HIS 422 Gender in Early Modern Europe (C. 15th-18th Centuries)
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Dietz

From Christine de Pisan to Mary Wollstonecraft. An examination of changing roles, expectations, and desires of men and women, with particular emphasis on their interaction.

HIS 444 Southern Women, or How to Explain Scarlett and Mammy
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Staff

An examination of the changing roles of black and white southern women from 1607 to the present, with an emphasis on understanding their unique character and history.

HIS 467 Family and Families in African History
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Weimers

Studies how Africans have defined and achieved family and family connections along with ways that states have attempted to use family--as metaphor, ideal, and unit of political and social organization-to organize African life from the 17th century to the present. 

Satisfies a major requirement in History.
Satisfies a cultural diversity requirement.
Satisfies a Historical Thought distribution requirement.
Satisfies a major and a minor requirement in Gender and Sexuality Studies.

HIS 469 Work, Gender, and Political Imagination in Africa
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Wiemers

Investigates how gender and labor have been used to construct and contest the political imaginaries of individuals, communities, and states in 19th and 20th c Africa.

Satisfies a major requirement in History

Satisfies a major requirement in Gender and Sexuality Studies

Satisfies a major requirement in Africana Studies

Satisfies a minor requirement in Gender and Sexuality Studies

Satisfies an interdisciplinary minor requirement in Global Literary Theory

Satisfies the Cultural Diversity distribution requirement

LAS 300 Major Thinkers in Africana Studies: Afro-Cuban Feminisms (=AFR 300)
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Benson

Black and mulata women have participated in constructing Cubanidad (Cuban nationalism) since the beginning of the Cuban republic in 1902. However, the largely male-dominated national narrative that has made Che Guevara's "New Man" famous since 1959 frequently overshadows their interventions. Despite this public silence, Afro-Cubanas (Afro-Cuban women) have consistently challenged narratives of exclusion and contributed to antiracist and antisexist movements in Cuba. As theater critic, Inés María Martiatu Terry explained in 2011 one of the goals of the Afrocubanas movement is to "feminize negritude and to blacken feminism."  

This course will analyze Afro-Cubana feminisms through a close reading of the work of four key black and mulata intellectuals and activists-Sara Gómez, Nancy Morejón, Daisy Rubiera, and Gloria Rolando. In doing so, it seeks to trace the legacy of the many black and mulata women who participated in revolutionary Cuba from the 1960s to the present. In particular, the course will examine how Afro-Cubanas have challenged negative stereotypes about black women, worked both inside and outside of Cuba's state-sponsored women's movement, and fought to create space for racial and sexual rights. All course readings will be in English and will include memoirs, films, and first-hand historical documents in additional to scholarly books and articles.

The course can be repeated for credit given sufficiently distinct topics.

Satisfies a major requirement in Africana Studies

Satisfies a major requirement in Latin American Studies

Satisfies the Histories and Genealogies major requirement in Gender and Sexuality Studies

POL 201 Methods and Statistics in Political Science
Prerequisites & Notes

Not open to first-year students.

Instructors
Ceka, Menkhaus, O'Geen, Rigger, Sellers, Toska

The framework of social science analysis, and the use of statistics for studying political problems. Topics range from research design and hypothesis testing to correlation and multiple regression.

Satisfies the Mathematical and Quantitative Thought distribution requirement. 

 

POL 207 Family and Justice
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Shaw

Examination of the ways in which families and political and economic institutions shape one another, with special emphasis on policies that promote marriage over 'alternative' family arrangements; state-mandated family leave policies; 'family-friendly' corporate employment practices; same-sex marriage; divorce law; and welfare reform.

Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.

 

POL 239 Special Topics in American Politics
Prerequisites & Notes

The content of this course changes from year to year.

Section A: Women and Politics
MWF 2:30pm - 3:20pm
Phan

The objective of this course is to examine the role that gender has on elected officials, the electorate, and public policy. This class will examine three central questions: Where are all the women and how do gender roles in society shape women's pathways to power? What are the policy consequences of women's representation? What interventions have policy makers (worldwide) taken to increase women's representation?

Satisfies a Social Scientific Thought distribution requirement (this topic only).

Counts as a Society and Politics course in the Gender and Sexuality Studies major and minor (this topic only).

 

Section B: Constitutional Police Procedure
MWF 2:30pm - 3:20pm
Boddery

This course introduces students to police procedure through the study of U.S constitutional law.  Relying on Supreme Court and lower federal court decisions that interpret clauses contained in the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, and Fourteenth Amendments, this course examines law enforcement liability, responsibility, and authority, as well as the constraints and requirements to surveillance, traffic stops, arrests, and searches and seizures.

POL 423 Politics of Reproduction
Prerequisites & Notes

Permission of the instructor required.

Instructor
Roberts

This seminar examines political and policy questions regarding reproductive politics such as contraception, access to abortion, eugenics, artificial reproductive technology, egg donation, sperm banking, stem cell technology, sex education and surrogacy.  The politics of reproduction touches on nearly all avenues of politics: policymaking, public opinion, framing, activism, legislation, constitutional questions, and elections.

Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.

PSY 318 Psychological Research-Social
Prerequisites & Notes

Psychology 310 required; PSY 232 recommended but not required.

Instructor
Good

Research methods and statistical techniques used in social psychology are examined through lecture, laboratory, and field research. Students will gain knowledge in designing multiple types of research studies, as well as implementing a variety of data collection strategies.  Scientific writing and ability to understand and critique empirical articles will be emphasized.  Course requirements include participation in research as investigators.  Recommended completion by Fall of senior year for majors.

PSY 351 Advanced Seminar in Clinical Psychology
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor-Sockol

This advanced seminar course will address research and theory in a specific area of clinical psychology. The course will provide an in-depth overview of literature in a specific research area through lecture, discussion, and readings. A major emphasis of the course will be the evaluation and interpretation of the empirical literature. Major assignments include regular written response papers, leading discussion related to a set of related readings, and a literature review presented as both a manuscript and oral presentation. Prerequisite: PSY 231 or PSY 234 or permission of the instructor.

Satisfies a major requirement in Psychology

REL 127 Female Resistance in the Old Testament
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Claassens

This course will introduce a number of Old Testament narratives that show women using a variety of creative means in order to resist the violence of war, rape, patriarchy, and poverty. By means of this narrative portrayal of female resistance we will contemplate the nature and the extent of the challenges that cause women in particular to be vulnerable in our world today, in addition to thinking together of ways in which we may help change this reality.

Satisfies a major requirement in Religion

Satisfies a minor requirement in Religion

Satisfies the Philosophical & Religious Perspectives distribution requirement

REL 255 Woman and the Body in the Christian Tradition
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Poland

A study of Christian attitudes toward gender and the human body as reflected in scripture, doctrine, and practice.

Satisfies the Philosophical and Religious Perspectives distribution requirement.

REL 301 Perspectives in the Study of Religion
Prerequisites & Notes

Pre/Corequisites:  Any two Religion courses or permission of the instructor.

Students intending to go abroad in their junior year should take this course in their sophomore year, if possible. 

Instructor
Poland

Required of all majors. Critical examination of various methods, disciplines, and theories employed in the academic study of religion, focusing particularly on those approaches that locate religion in its social, cultural, and political contexts. Generally taught in spring semester. Required of all Religion majors by the end of the junior year.

Satisfies the Philosophical and Religious Perspectives distribution requirement.

REL 365 Women in American Religion
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Wills

Using biographies and autobiographies of women from various periods and traditions of American religion, this course will explore women's roles in those traditions and the conventions through which those women have been portrayed.

Satisfies the Philosophical and Religious Perspectives distribution requirement.

 

REL 444 Black and Womanist Theology
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Foley

A study of African American theological writings written since the Black Power movement of the 1960s. Black theology refers typically to works written or inspired by theologian James H. Cone. Womanist theology describes a theology written specifically by and for African American women.

Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.

RUS 266 Vampires
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered 2016-2017.)

Instructor
Staff

In this class we will examine the figure of the vampire, as well as the use of vampirism as a metaphor in folklore, literature, journalistic texts, theater and film. Some vampires, as we will come to learn, do not even drink blood. Many don't fear the sun. So what do these varied monsters have in common? Their "otherness" and their focalization of cultural desires and anxieties. By studying vampirism through a historical perspective, we will learn that vampires - although they may not have reflections - reflect our anxieties about alterity, particularly in regard to such charged subjects as gender, sexuality, race, religion and nationality.

Satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement.
 

RUS 292 Gender and Sexuality in Russian Culture
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered 2016-2017.)

Instructor
Staff

This course examines the construction and representation of gender and sexuality in Russia by analyzing literature, theater, and film. The course is open to all students, who have an interest in gender and sexuality studies and would like to expand their knowledge to the Russian context. No background in Russian and/or gender criticism is necessary.

Satisfies major and minor requirements in Russian Studies and Gender Studies.
Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.
Satisfies Literary Studies, Creative Writing and Rhetoric distribution requirement.
 

SOC 102 Race, Class, Gender & Sexuality
Prerequisites & Notes

Not open to seniors.

Instructor
Kaufman

This course, addresses the multiple and intersecting ways race, class, gender, and sexuality, individual life chances, daily social interactions, and the larger society, we first take a detailed look at each of the core concepts: race, class, gender, and sexuality. Studying the "socially constructed" nature of these concepts, we ask what meanings and values have been attached to them, and how these social constructions help to rationalize and justify social inequality. We then analyze the significance of race, class, gender, and sexuality in a variety of institutional and interpersonal contexts, including schools, the workplace, families and relationships, and the criminal justice system.

 

Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.

 

 

SOC 217 Gender and Society
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Kaufman

This course introduces a critical approach to examining the social construction of gender. It explores several different perspectives on gender inequality and the role of social institutions such as family, education, economy, and media in creating the experience of gender in society.

Satisfies the Gender Studies Interdisciplinary Major and Minor.
Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.
 

SOC 218 Gendered Communication in Society (= COM 218)
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Martinez

Examination of the social construction of gender in both personal relationships and professional contexts. Areas to be explored may include: culture, verbal and nonverbal communication, family dynamics and close relationships, education, organizational communication, and roles in media.

Satisfies a major requirement in Sociology and in Gender and Sexuality Studies.
Satisfies a requirement in Gender Studies and Communication Studies Interdisciplinary Minor. 

 

SOC 237 Boys and Men in Society
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Kaufman

This course focuses on the diverse experiences of boys and men. We start with the social construction of masculinities across race/ethnicity, class, and sexuality. Through this, we consider the advantages as well as the costs of contemporary notions of masculinity. We examine how boys learn to be men from pre-K through college. We then turn to men's experiences and interactions with various institutions, including work, family, and the media. We then consider the significance of violence in constructing masculinities. Finally, we focus on more inclusive conceptions of masculinity and men's role in promoting gender equality. We view all these issues through an intersectional lens, considering gender, race, class, and sexuality. 

Satisfies a major and minor requirement in Gender and Sexuality Studies.
Satisfies Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.
 

SOC 246 American Families
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Kaufman

Introduction to families in the USA. Dating, cohabitation, marriage, divorce, remarriage, intergenerational relationships, domestic violence, and family policy are explored. Attention is given to issues of race, and class, gender, and sexuality.

Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.
Satisfies the Gender Sexuality Studies major and minor requirements.

SOC 260 Social Statistics
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor 
Deckard, Kaufman

Sociologists and other social scientists must describe and interpret social facts in order to make sense of the world around them. To do this, they often rely on the analysis of quantitative data using statistical methods. This course acts as a primer to sociological statistical analysis and students will learn to find and access social data, summarize patterns in that data, represent these patterns graphically, and explore relationships between different variables. Topics include descriptive measures, hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, chi-square, correlation, and regression. This course is designed as a gateway to quantitative sociological research, and emphasis is on practice and implementation, with students also learning to use SPSS software.

 

Satisfies the Mathematical and Quantitative Thought distribution requirement.

SOC 261 Social Diversity & Inequality in Education (=EDU 260)
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Kelly

This course focuses on issues of social diversity, social inequality, and social justice in education. It is designed to integrate cognitive development with the experiential aspects of social learning. Students will be encouraged to link new learning with their personal and social reality through structured writing assignments, cooperative learning activities, and critical experiential learning.

Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement. 
Counts toward the Education Interdisciplinary Minor.
Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.

SOC 310 Gender, Race, and Sports
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Kaufman


In this course, we will examine the interrelations between gender, race, and sports. We will view sports through a sociological lens and consider how sports are shaped by and in turn shape social interaction. We will focus on how sports influence our definitions of masculinity and femininity, the opportunities and obstacles sports provide for members of different racial/ethnic and gender groups, and the images associated with race, gender, and sports. We consider why certain sports are associated with certain races, how sport is used to prove masculinity, experiences of gay athletes, Title IX and issues of gender segregation, the politics of gender verification, sports as an opportunity for upward mobility, exploitation in college sports, racial position segregation in college football, sports and violence, the criminalization of black masculinity in sports, mascots and racial imagery, and representations of race and gender in sports media.

 Satisfies Gender and Sexuality Studies Major and Minor, Africana Studies Major and Minor, and Social Science Thought.

SOC 312 Gender, Race and Class in Media
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Kaufman

This course explores issues relevant to gender, race, and class in media. The course begins with the premise that all knowledge is constructed. As with other institutions, the media play a critical role in the construction of knowledge, particularly that related to our ideas about gender, race, and class. This course will mainly emphasize the representation of gender, race, and class in media.

Satisfies the Gender Studies, Interdisciplinary Major and Minor.

SOC 372 Feminist Theories
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Staff

Introduces students to key concepts and debates within feminist social theory.  Explores the significance of gender within social life, how gender is produced at the individual and institutional levels , as well as feminist conceptualizations of 'the good society.' Addresses key questions of social theory including the relationship between individuals and social structures, the construction of identities, and the meaning of power.

Satisfies the Gender and Sexuality Studies Interdisciplinary Major and Minor.

SOC 382 Men and Masculinities
Prerequisites & Notes

Not open to first-year students.

Instructor 
Kaufman

In this course we will pay close attention to the construction of masculinities and how men both affect and are affected by the current gendered social order. Throughout the course, we will consider how men are enabled or constrained by key social characteristics such as age, race/ethnicity, class, and sexual orientation. In particular, we will address the following issues: the concept of hegemonic masculinity; the gender gap in education; the challenges men face as they move from adolescence to adulthood; masculinities in the workplace; body image among men; male infertility; Black masculinity in popular culture; the criminalization of minority males; and the deterioration of white men's sense of entitlement.

SOC 390 Qualitative Research Methods
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Marti, Ewoodzie

This class provides students with training in qualitative field research methods, with an emphasis on participant observation and in-depth interviewing. Students will conduct their own semester-long empirical research projects, going through the entire process of research design, data collection, coding, analysis, and writing. Readings and class sessions will focus on both theoretical foundations and techniques of interpretive, qualitative research. One of the best ways to develop research skills is to get out there and try it, to reflect on the process as you go, and to talk about what is working and not working for you with a group of colleagues and peers. Therefore, students will have extensive opportunities to reflect on their own research practices, learning by doing.

SOC 391 Survey Methodology
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Deckard, Kaufman

This course introduces students to survey research methods.  Sociology is based on empirical data.  Sociologists are trained to collect data in order to answer questions.  One of the most commonly used forms of data collection within sociology is the survey.  In this course, students will gain experience in designing a survey, sampling, administering a survey, and analyzing survey data. 

 

SOC 440 The Sociology of Beatties Ford Road
Prerequisites & Notes

Permission of Instructor

To gain permission, please send the following information to the instructor:

Research Interest: In three or so sentences, tell me about a research interest you'd like to explore through this class.  And, in two sentences, tell me about your previous research experience. 

I will be in touch with you by October 31st to let you know if you I was able to accommodate your request. (Please keep in mind that there are only 15 slots.)

 

Instructor
Euwoodzie

There is an old tradition in sociology where scholars focus their energies on understanding the life and inner-workings of a section of one city.  The first of these kinds of works was W. E. B DuBois' investigation of Philadelphia's 7th Ward, which culminated in the publication of the seminal text The Philadelphia Negro.  Several decades later, Robert Park directed several studies of south-side Chicago neighborhoods that surround the University of Chicago.  The Sociology of Beatties Ford Road, which will be a collaborative effort with Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU), will follow in this tradition.  The class will be held on JCSU's campus, with JCSU students, and a JCSU faculty.  Our objectives will be to study various aspects of social life of that neighborhood, including, but not limited to, gentrification, public health, education, criminal justice, and slavery on Latta Plantation.  We will read various examples of community studies and study their methods, but, for the bulk of the class, we will work in groups to develop our own research projects.  At the end of the semester, there is an opportunity for a few students to participant in a 6 week DRI-like summer research program to continue their research.  

 

SOC 488 Fatherhood
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Kaufman

This seminar focuses on the social, cultural, and historical study of fatherhood.  We start by breaking down stereotypes of fathers from the past and using this to reconsider modern fathers. As we consider current American society (mainly), we start with young men's procreative consciousness (ideas and awareness about conception, pregnancy, abortion, and potential fatherhood). We consider fathers as gendered beings asking questions such as, can men mother? We discuss the experiences of stay-at-home fathers, gay fathers, stepfathers, and single fathers. Finally, we consider fathers' rights movements.

SPA 344 Latino Culture in the U.S.
Prerequisites & Notes

Spanish 260 and 270 or their equivalents. (Spring)

Instructor
González

This survey course explores the development of a distinctly Latina/o culture in the U.S. Topics covered include: the changing nature of geographic and economic borders from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century; the history and legacy of racism and xenophobia; the construction of canons; the politics of bilingualism; Chicana and Latina feminisms; culturally specific manifestations of gender and sexuality; and the exoticization and marginalization of Latina/o culture. Conducted in Spanish.

Satisfies Area III for the major in Hispanic Studies.
Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.
 

SPA 375 Latin American Women Writers
Prerequisites & Notes

Spanish 260 and 270 or their equivalents. (Not offered in 2016-17)

Instructor
Maiz-Peña

An examination of genre, gender, and representation in women's writing in Latin America from the 20th century to the present.  Latin American women's textual and visual narratives: Practices and Theoretical Frameworks. Conducted in Spanish.

Satisfies Area V for the major in Hispanic Studies.
Counts towards Gender & Sexualities Studies, the interdisciplinary minor in Global Literary Theory, and Latin American Studies.
Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies the Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric distribution requirement.
Students entering before 2012: satisfies the Literature distribution requirement.

SPA 403 Latino American Sexualities
Prerequisites & Notes

Any two literature or culture courses. Limited to juniors and seniors. Priority will be given to majors, then minors. (Not in 2016-17)

Instructor
González

This course explores theories of gender and sexuality from both North and South and their dialogue with transnational American cultural production. Throughout the semester, we will consider a diverse group of U.S. Latina/o and Latin American literary texts, films, and performances and investigate their construction of sexual, gendered, national, and ethnic identities.

A substantial final research project will be required. Conducted in Spanish.

SPA 407 Gender and Memory in Television and the Novel
Prerequisites & Notes

Completion of a 300-level course in Spanish, or permission of the instructor. Limited to juniors and seniors. Priority will be given to majors, then minors. (Fall 2016)

Instructor
Kietrys

What can prime-time television teach us about gender? What can a novel teach us about Fascism? What can a film teach us about memory? We'll consider these questions and more as we examine representations of women in Spanish media from the Second Republic through today. We'll also explore gender construction at different moments in recent history, including differences between the "ideal woman" of the early 20th century and the early 21st century. Discussion of the supporting roles of male characters will also inform our analyses. Course conducted in Spanish. Counts for Major & Minor in GSS and Hispanic Studies.

 

THE 242 Women's Work: 21st Century Female Playwrights
Prerequisites & Notes

(Fall) Offered every other year

Instructor
Green

This course provides a close look at work created for the stage by women since 2000. The analysis of plays written and produced in the 21st century will be set in the context of feminist and queer theory which has offered insights into the cultural function of "women's work."

THE 383 Contemporary Theatre and Performance: Trends in Theatre Studies
Prerequisites & Notes

One previous THE course required or permission of instructor

Offered every other year.

Instructor
Green


This course introduces students to current artists, working methodologies, and scholarship within the field of theatre and performance.  The course focuses on ways broader cultural dialogues about identity-sexuality, race, gender, class, ability-and technological innovation influence what appears on-stage, and the ways that audiences and critics think and write about these performances.  Course includes field trips to see live performances.