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Politics of the Body

AMST 293
Fall 2013
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: FGSS 294
Course Cluster: Disability Studies

This course explores the politics of embodiment: the operations of power on and in the body. We'll pay particular attention to processes of sexed, raced, gendered, and able-bodied normalization, drawing on the interdisciplinary fields of queer, disability, and transgender studies. Each of these fields has generated a framework for understanding and critiquing regimes of normalization: queer studies through a critique of heteronormativity, disability studies through a critique of able-bodied norms, and trans studies through a critique of gender normativity. Our course will take an intersectional approach, exploring connections and frictions between forms of bodily difference. We'll draw on theoretical, historical, ethnographic, and literary approaches to the categorization of bodies and subjects as normal or abnormal (and often pathological, diseased, or perverse). Our course material will range from turn-of-the-20th-century sexology to contemporary theorizations of biopolitics, trans materiality, and homonormativity.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS AMST
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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