Sex/Gender in Critical Perspective (FGSS Gateway)(FYS)|
This course provides an introduction to the field of feminist, gender, and sexuality studies, exploring both early contributions to gender theory and considering some of the many directions this interdisciplinary field has taken as it has grown in recent years. Intersectionality is a fundamental framework in this course, as it helps us to understand the multiplicity of identities and structures of oppression, which is the foundation of feminist and queer scholarship. Drawing upon this framework, the course will interrogate the concepts of sex and gender, with attention to the ways in which different cultural and historical contexts inform meaning. Juana María Rodríguez opens QUEER LATINIDAD: IDENTITY PRACTICES, DISCURSIVE SPACES by asking the reader to engage a "practice that refuses explication" by "read[ing] against your preconceived notions" (2003: 3). In this spirit, the course will ask you to challenge your own preconceived beliefs to explore alternative modes of thinking about our being in the world.
Some central questions we will explore this semester include: What is "gender"? In what ways are gender and sex differently understood in different contexts? In what ways are capitalism and queer/feminist practices linked or opposed? And, finally, if gender theory is a kind of praxis, what can be the impact of this scholarship?
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (FGSS)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Special Attributes: FYS|
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Judith Butler, Sara Ahmed, Paola Bacchetta, Monique Leila J. Wittig, Adrienne Rich, Patricia Hill Collins, Katerina Deliovsky, Inderpal Grewal and Caren Kaplan, Amanda Lock Swarr & Richa Nagar, Juana Rodriguez, Jasbit Puar, John D¿Emilio, Nancy Fraser, Kaila Adia Story, Lauren Berlant and Lee Edelman, Shaka McGlotten, Anne Garréta, Kimberlé Crenshaw, Gloria Anzaldúa, Combahee River Collective, Édouard Louis, Thomas Laqueur, Gayle Rubin, Monique Wittig, Hortense Spillers.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
weekly reader's responses on moodle
mid-term assignment: 5 page essay
final paper: 8-10 page essay, encompassing (1. a paper topic submitted before deadline, 2. annotated bibliography before deadline, 3. first draft before final deadline)
|Instructor(s): Helverson,Sophia Times: .M.W... 09:00AM-10:20AM; Location: ALLB004; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 15||SR major: X||JR major: X|| || |
|Seats Available: 9||GRAD: X||SR non-major: X||JR non-major: X||SO: X||FR: 15|
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