Adv. Res. Sem: The Hair Class|
Hair does things. It covers and exposes us. We pluck, conceal, wax, curl, and otherwise manage it. Its presence and absence serve as sites of critical engagement, personal and cultural expression, and political strife. This course will explore the social significance of hair, wherever and on whomever it grows (or fails to grow). We will discuss daily practices, politics, histories, and legends about the manipulation of human and animal hair. We will draw on social theory, visual and social analyses, and cultural commentary to understand hair follicles as both incredibly ordinary and fantastically bizarre. This is an advanced discussion-based research seminar that is writing-intensive.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Prerequisites: SOC151 AND SOC212
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (SISP-Soc Conc)(SOC)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Course reader. Examples:
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, AMERICANAH
Geraldine Biddle-Perry and Sarah Cheang, HAIR
Judith Butler, BODIES THAT MATTER
Sigmund Freud, "Fetishization"
Jennifer Heath, THE VEIL
Siri Hustvedt, "Toward a Theory of Hair"
Donna Haraway, WHEN SPECIES MEET
bell hooks, BLACK LOOKS
Julia Kristeva, POWERS OF HORROR
Emma Tarlo, ENTANGLEMENT: THE SECRET LIVES OF HAIR
|Examination and Assignments: |
Assignments: weekly writing; short essays; final paper
|Instructor(s): Autry,Robyn Kimberley Times: .M.W... 02:50PM-04:10PM; Location: ALLB113; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 15||SR major: 8||JR major: 3|| || |
|Seats Available: 2||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 4||JR non-major: 0||SO: X||FR: X|