Intimate Histories: Topics in the History of Sex, Gender, and the Body|
AMST 345, FGSS 349|
This upper-level seminar addresses the history of the body, as well as the regimes of power and normality which produce ideas of health, sexuality and gender in time and space. It is intended to support students who wish to do interdisciplinary or historical research and writing in queer, trans, feminist, disability and/or sexuality studies. Themes we will address include the role of formal and popular science in producing new identities, the political uses of gender and sexuality, methods of assigning gender and ability, the transformative power of pain, and the role of stigma in articulating similar bodies differently.
Information Literacy, Interpretation
Students will be asked to locate and interpret primary archival material that helps them make an argument about the history of contemporary condition of sexed, sexualized and/or gendered bodies.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(FGSS)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Don Kulick, TRAVESTI: SEX, GENDER AND CULTURE AMONG BRAZILIAN TRANSGENDERED PROSTITUTES
Siobhan Somerville, QUEERING THE COLOR LINE: RACE AND THE INVENTION OF HOMOSEXUALITY IN AMERICAN CULTURE
Robert McRuer and Michael Berube, CRIP THEORY: CULTURAL SIGNS OF QUEERNESS AND DISABILITY
Kenny Fries, BODY, REMEMBER
Sander Gilman, FAT: A CULTURAL HISTORY OF OBESITY
Regina Kunzel, CRIMINAL INTIMACY: PRISON AND THE UNEVEN HISTORY OF MODERN AMERICAN SEXUALITY
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Students will choose one of the following options at the beginning of the semester:
1) Three 5-7 pp. critical papers, based on primary source materials; 2) Students may propose alternative writing projects that contribute more fully to a specific interest or major. Partial drafts would be turned in at two points during the semester, and a long final paper would be due at the end of the term. Students might use this option to develop a senior thesis or essay project, to complete the research requirement in the history major; or to write a piece of historical fiction or nonfiction based on primary sources.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Course may be counted for the Gender and History Concentration (History), in the Queer Studies concentration (American Studies), and is part of the cluster of Disability Studies.
|Instructor(s): Potter,Claire B. Times: .M..... 01:10PM-04:00PM; Location: CAMS 3; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 15||SR major: X||JR major: 10|| || |
|Seats Available: -2||GRAD: X||SR non-major: X||JR non-major: 5||SO: 0||FR: X|
|Drop/Add Enrollment Requests|
|Total Submitted Requests: 3||1st Ranked: 1||2nd Ranked: 2||3rd Ranked: 0||4th Ranked: 0||Unranked: 0|