Historicizing Early Modern Sexualities|
Fall 2020 not offered
FGSS 350, CHUM 345|
|Course Cluster and Certificates: Queer Studies|
This course will examine recent historical and theoretical approaches to the history of sexuality in early modern English literature (ca. 1580-1680). Our focus will be the historical construction of sexuality in relation to categories of gender, race, religion, and social status in a variety of sources, both literary and nonliterary, verbal and visual, including poetry, plays, masques, medical treatises, travel narratives, and visual media. Topics covered include intersecting constructions of the sexed/gendered/racialized body; diverse sexual practices; sexual identities prior to the homo/hetero divide; and the histories of pornography and masturbation.
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|Course Format: Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENGL)(ENGL-Literature)(FGSS)
Nicholas Culpepper, OF THE CLITORIS
Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher, LOVE'S CURE
William Shakespeare, VENUS AND ADONIS
Christopher Marlowe, HERO AND LEANDER, EDWARD II
Michel de Montaigne, OF FRIENDSHIP
John Lyly, GALLATHEA
Margaret Cavendish, THE CONVENT OF PLEASURE
John Donne, SAPHO TO PHILAENIS
Pietro Aretino, THE LICENTIOUS SONNETS
Michel Millot, THE SCHOOL OF VENUS, OR THE LADIES DELIGHT
Valerie Traub, THE RENAISSANCE OF LESBIANISM AND THINKING SEX WITH THE EARLY MODERNS
Alan Bray, HOMOSEXUALITY IN RENAISSANCE ENGLAND
Madhavi Menon ed. SHAKESQUEER
Katherine Park, THE REDISCOVERY OF THE CLITORIS
Thomas Laqueur, SOLITARY SEX: A CULTURAL HISTORY OF MASTURBATION, AND MAKING SEX
Ian Frederick Moulton, THE PREHISTORY OF PORNOGRAPHY
Rachel Maines, THE TECHNOLOGY OF ORGASM
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Two short papers, one oral presentation, one final research paper (12pp). Research Option students will complete one 25 pp. semester long research paper in stages (i.e. abstract, annotated bibliography, 5 and 10pp drafts) lieu of other written assignments.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Students wishing to enroll should email the instructor a paragraph describing their interest in the topic of the class and listing related any coursework they have done.
This course fulfills the English Department's Literary History I, Theory, and Literatures of Difference requirements for the major and contributes to the British Literature and Theory & Literary Forms; it fulfills the Research Option eligibility requirement for senior thesis writers.
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