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Gay and Lesbian Studies – Courses

First-Year Seminars

For a full description of first-year seminars, see the First-Year Seminar section.

[1027 {27} c. From Flowers of Evil to Pretty Woman: Prostitutes in Modern Western Culture. (Same as Gender and Women’s Studies 1027 {27} and German 1027 {27}.)]

Introductory, Intermediate, and Advanced Courses

1116 {116} c. Christian Sexual Ethics. Fall 2015. Elizabeth Pritchard.

An examination of the themes, varieties, and conflicts of Christian teachings and practices regarding sex and sexuality. Source materials include the Bible, historical analyses, Church dogmatics, legal cases, and ethnographic studies. Topics include celibacy and marriage, the development and status of sexual orientations, natural law, conversion therapy, reproductive rights and technologies, and comparative religious ethics. (Same as Gender and Women’s Studies 1117 {117} and Religion 1116 {116}.)

2001 {201} - ESD. Gay and Lesbian Studies. Every year. Fall 2013. Peter Coviello.

An introduction to the materials, major themes, and defining methodologies of gay and lesbian studies. Considers in detail both the most visible contemporary dilemmas involving homosexuality (queer presence in pop culture, civil rights legislation, gay-bashing, AIDS, identity politics) as well as the great variety of interpretive approaches these dilemmas have, in recent years, summoned into being. Such approaches borrow from the scholarly practices of literary and artistic exegesis, history, political science, feminist theory, and psychoanalysis—to name only a few. An abiding concern over the semester is to discover how a discipline so variously influenced conceives of and maintains its own intellectual borders. Course materials include scholarly essays, journalism, films, novels, and a number of lectures by visiting faculty.

2002 {202} c. Victorian Urban Narratives. Spring 2014. Aviva Briefel.

Seminar. An exploration of London as space and character in Victorian literary narratives. Considers such topics as the intersections between identity and urban setting, the relationship between genre and literary space, and the overlaps in mappings of cities and narratives. Consideration of literary and cultural theory and criticism is central. Authors may include Conrad, Dickens, Dixon, Doyle, Gissing, Marsh, and Wilde. (Same as English 2002 {208} and Gender and Women’s Studies 2202 {202}.)

Prerequisite: One first-year seminar or course numbered 1100–1999 {100–199} in English.

2120 {212} c - ESD. Gender, Sexuality, and Schooling. Fall 2014. Doris Santoro.

Schools are sites where young people learn to “do” gender and sexuality through direct instruction, the hidden curriculum, and peer-to-peer learning. In schools, gender and sexuality are challenged, constrained, constructed, normalized, and performed. Explores instructional and curricular reforms that have attempted to address students’ and teachers’ sexual identities and behavior. Examines the effects of gender and sexual identity on students’ experience of school, their academic achievement, and the work of teaching. Topics may include Compulsory Heterosexuality in the Curriculum; the Gender of the Good Student and Good Teacher; Sex Ed in an Age of Abstinence. (Same as Education 2212 {212} and Gender and Women’s Studies 2282 {282}.)

Prerequisite: One of the following: Education 1101 {101}, Gay and Lesbian Studies 2001 {201}, or Gender and Women’s Studies 1101 {101}.

2266 {266} c - ESD. The City as American History. Fall 2013. Matthew Klingle.

Seminar. America is an urban nation today, yet Americans have had deeply ambivalent feelings toward the city over time. Explores the historical origins of that ambivalence by tracing several overarching themes in American urban history from the seventeenth century to the present. Topics include race and class relations, labor, design and planning, gender and sexual identity, immigration, politics and policy, scientific and technological systems, violence and crime, religion and sectarian disputes, and environmental protection. Discussions revolve around these broad themes, as well as regional distinctions between American cities. Students are required to write several short papers and one longer paper based upon primary and secondary sources. (Same as History 2660 {226}.)

2351 {236} c. Romantic Sexualities. Spring 2014. David Collings.

Investigates constructions of sexuality in English romantic writing. Examines tales of seduction by supernatural or demonic figures; the sexualized world of the Gothic; the Byronic hero; lyrical depictions of incest; the yearning for an eroticized muse or goddess; and same-sex desire in travel writing, diaries, and realist fiction. Discusses the place of such writing in the history of sexual identities, repression, the unconscious, and the sublime. Authors may include Burke, Lewis, Mary Shelley, Byron, Wollstonecraft, Lister, Austen, Coleridge, Keats, and Percy Shelley, with further readings in queer theory and the history of sexuality. (Same as English 2351 {236} and Gender and Women’s Studies 2234 {234}.).

Prerequisite: One first-year seminar or 100-level course numbered 1100–1999 {100–199} in English or gender and women’s studies, or Gay and Lesbian Studies 2001 {201}.

2426 {287} c. The Horror Film in Context. Fall 2013. Aviva Briefel.

Examines the genre of the horror film in a range of cultural, theoretical, and literary contexts. Considers the ways in which horror films represent violence, fear, and paranoia; their creation of identity categories; their intersection with contemporary politics; and their participation in such major literary and cinematic genres as the gothic, comedy, and family drama. Texts may include works by Craven, Cronenberg, De Palma, Freud, Hitchcock, Kristeva, Kubrick, Poe, Romero, and Shelley. (Same as English 2426 {289}, Film Studies 2426 {287}, and Gender and Women’s Studies 2426 {287}.)

Prerequisite: One of the following: one first-year seminar or course numbered 1100–1999 {100–199} in English or gender and women’s studies; or Film Studies 1101 {101}, 2201 {201}, or 2202 {202}.

2451 {245} c. Modernism/Modernity. Fall 2013. Marilyn Reizbaum.

Examines the cruxes of the “modern,” and the term’s shift into a conceptual category rather than a temporal designation. Although not confined to a particular national or generic rubric, takes British works as a focus. Organized by movements or critical formations of the modern, i.e., modernisms, psychoanalysis, postmodernism, cultural critique. Readings of critical literature in conjunction with primary texts. Authors/directors/works may include T. S. Eliot, Joyce’s Dubliners, Lawrence’s Sons and Lovers, Sontag’s On Photography, W. G. Sebald’s The Natural History of Destruction, Ian McEwen’s Enduring Love, Stevie Smith, Kureishi’s My Son the Fanatic, and Coetzee’s Disgrace. (Same as English 2451 {245} and Gender and Women’s Studies 2247 {247}.)

Prerequisite: One first-year seminar or course numbered 1000–1999 {100–199} in English, gay and lesbian studies, or gender and women’s studies.

2502 {252} c. American Intimacies: Sex and Love in Nineteenth-Century Literature. Spring 2014. Peter Coviello.

Homosexuality and its conceptual twin, heterosexuality, are surprisingly late coinages. So what was sex like before such concepts organized the sphere of intimate life in America? Was it a set of bodily practices? An aspect of a person’s identity? Was sexuality something an individual could be said to possess? What forms of contact, invest attachment, or imagination could even be counted as sex, and why? Authors may include Whitman, Thoreau, Jewett, Melville, Hawthorne, James, Douglas, Dickinson, and Joseph Smith. Note: This course fulfills the literature of the Americas requirement for English majors. (Same as English 2502 {252} and Gender and Women’s Studies 2252 {252}.)

Prerequisite: One first-year seminar or course numbered 1100–1999 {100–199} in English.

2600 {275} b. Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Eastern Europe. Spring 2014. Kristen Ghodsee.

Seminar. Examines the current scholarship on gender and sexuality in modern Eastern Europe: the countries of the former Soviet Union, the successor states of Yugoslavia, Poland, Hungary, Romania, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bulgaria, and Albania. Focusing on research produced by academics based in the region, examines the dialogue and interchange of ideas between East and West, and how knowledge about the region is dialectically produced by both Western feminists and East European gender studies scholars. Topics include the women question before 1989; nationalism, fertility, and population decline; patterns and expectations for family formation; the politics of European Union gender mainstreaming; visual representations in television and film; social movements; work; romance and intimacy; spirituality; and the status of academic gender studies in the region. (Same as Gender and Women’s Studies 2600 {275}.)

Prerequisite: Gender and Women’s Studies 1101 {101}.

2651 {276} c - ESD. Queer Race. Fall 2013. Guy Mark Foster.

How does the concept of “queerness” signify in cultural texts that are ostensibly about the struggle for racial equality? And vice versa, how does the concept of “racialization” signify in cultural texts that are ostensibly about the struggle for LGBT recognition and justice? While some of this work tends to reduce “queer” to traditional sexual minorities like lesbigay and trans folk while downplaying racial considerations, others tend to limit the category “race” to people of color like blacks while downplaying questions about sexuality. Such critical and creative gestures often place “queer” and “race” in opposition rather than as intersecting phenomena. Students examine the theoretical and cultural assumptions of such gestures, and their implications, through close readings of selected works in both the LGBT and African American literary traditions. Note: This course fulfills the literature of the Americas requirement for English majors. (Same as Africana Studies 2651 {276} and English 2651 {276}.)

Prerequisite: One first-year seminar or course numbered 1100–1999 {100–199} in English, Africana studies, or gay and lesbian studies.

2970–2973 {291–294}. Intermediate Independent Study in Gay and Lesbian Studies.
The Program.

2999 {299}. Intermediate Collaborative Study in Gay and Lesbian Studies. The Program.

3100 {313} b - ESD, IP. Global Sexualities/Local Desires. Fall 2013. Krista Van Vleet.

Explores the variety of practices, performances, and ideologies of sexuality through a cross-cultural perspective. Focusing on contemporary anthropological scholarship on sexuality and gender, asks how Western conceptions of “sexuality,” “sex,” and “gender” help (or hinder) our understanding of the lives and desires of people in other social and cultural contexts. Topics may include “third gendered” individuals; intersexuality and the naturalization of sex; language and the performance of sexuality; drag; global media and the construction of identity; lesbian and gay families; sex work; AIDS and HIV and health policy; migration, asylum and human rights issues; ethical issues and activism. Ethnographic examples are drawn from United States, Latin America (Brazil, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Argentina, Cuba); Asia (India, Japan, Indonesia) and Oceania (Papua New Guinea); and Africa (Nigeria, South Africa). Presents issues of contemporary significance along with key theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches used by anthropologists. Integrates perspectives on globalization and the intersection of multiple social differences (including class, race, and ethnicity) with discussion of sexuality and gender. Not open to students who have credit for Anthropology 2110 {210} (same as Gay and Lesbian Studies 2110 {210} and Gender and Women’s Studies 2210 {210}). (Same as Anthropology 3100 {313}, Gender and Women’s Studies 3100 {313}, and Latin American Studies 3711 {311}.)

Prerequisite: Anthropology 1101 {101} or Sociology 1101 {101}, or permission of the instructor.

[3310 {310} c. Gay and Lesbian Cinema. (Same as Film Studies 3310 {310} and Gender and Women’s Studies 3310 {310}.)]

[3346 {346} c. Philosophy of Gender: Sex and Love. (Same as Gender and Women’s Studies 3346 {346} and Philosophy 3346 {346}.)]

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