Location: Bowdoin / Gay and Lesbian Studies / Courses / Fall 2010

Gay and Lesbian Studies

Fall 2010

016. Sex and the Church
Elizabeth Pritchard T 11:30 – 12:55
TH 11:30 – 12:55

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, and contemporary legal cases. Although the focus is on Catholic traditions, the course will include comparative analyses of the sexual ethics of other Christian denominations.

029. Historians, Comediennes, Storytellers: Women Filmmakers in the German-Speaking Countries
Birgit Tautz T  1:00 - 2:25
TH 1:00 - 2:25

Examines the work of women filmmakers in the German-speaking countries since the 1960s. Explores key interests of these directors: the telling of stories and (German, European, global) histories, the exploration of gender identity, sexuality, and various waves of feminism, the portrayal of women, the participation in the cinematic conventions of Hollywood as well as independent and avant-garde film, spectatorship. Analyzes a range of films and cinematic genres—to include narrative cinema, biography, documentary, and comedy.Also introduces students to film criticism; includes weekly film screenings. No knowledge of German is required.

201. Gay and Lesbian Studies
Peter Coviello   M 11:30 - 12:55
W 11:30 - 12:55

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.

247. Modernism/Modernity
Marilyn Reizbaum M  1:00 - 2:25
W  1:00 - 2:25

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.

310. The Epistemology of Pleasure
Aaron Kitch M  2:30 - 3:55
W  2:30 - 3:55

Explores the literary, cultural, political, and religious meanings of pleasure in the European Renaissance, when the concept of pleasure was reexamined from a range of perspectives. Part of the history of pleasure in the period emerges from a revival of the classical debate between Stoicism and Epicureanism, which redefined the meaning of pleasure for a range of authors. Such debate also fostered investment in new spaces for the consumption of pleasure such as vacation spas, art galleries, and banqueting halls. Topics include the relationship between poetry and the “sister arts” of painting, music, and sculpture; pleasure as an end in itself; pleasure and body; and the politics of female pleasure. Authors include Ovid, Marlowe, Shakespeare, Montaigne, Behn, Freud, Foucault, and Žižek. Note: This course fulfills the pre-1800 literature requirement for English majors.