21st Century Sexualities|
Although the title of this course refers to 21st century sexualities, we have to know something about the sexualities--the theories, the practices--of other centuries before thinking about what lies in store for sexual identity, desire, intimate practices (both public and private), and representation of all of these in the 21st century. In this course, therefore, we will look at some of the more famous theories and theoretical perspectives on sexuality from the last two centuries in order to prepare the way for our studies of the phenomenology of contemporary and future sexualities. And while gender constructs and categories tend to dominate "discourses of desire," this course will interrogate that notion; the notion that sexual desire primarily directs itself (or ought to) towards gendered bodies--whether those bodies are conventionally or unconventionally gendered. Our reading and reflections will also focus on cross-cultural sexualities and what we might think of as transnational sexualities.
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|Course Format: Lecture/Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Jeffrey Weeks, SEXUALITIES
Sigmund Freud, THREE LECUTRES ON SEXUALITY
Michel Foucault, THE HISTORY OF SEXUALITY, Vol. 1.
Teresa De Lauretis, THE PRACTICE OF LOVE
Henry Abelove et al, eds., THE LESBIAN AND GAY STUDIES READER
Kate Bornstein, GENDER OUTLAW
Anthony Giddens, THE TRANSFORMATION OF INTIMACY
A large selection of other readings TBA.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Students are asked to write weekly reflections on the readings or topics for the week (no shorter than 1 typed page, no longer than 3) and be prepared to share some of these reflections in class. Other requirements include a midterm essay (about 6 pages), and a final essay (8-10 pages) which may be composed either as a research paper or a theoretical-critical paper. Active class participation is also expected.
|Instructor(s): Sullivan,Maureen Elizabeth Times: ..T.R.. 01:10PM-02:30PM; Location: TBA|
|Total Enrollment Limit: 16||SR major: 5||JR major: 5|| || |
|Seats Available: -2||GRAD: 0||SR non-major: 3||JR non-major: 3||SO: X||FR: X|