Fall 2009 not offered
ENGL 211, AMST 281|
Why is the human body such a contested site of ethical concern? Why are bodies thought to be so in need of description and regulation? Sexual practices, gendered presentations, bodily sizes, physical aptitudes, colors of skin, styles of hair--all are both intimately felt and socially inscribed. Bodies exist at the intersection of the most private and the most public and are lived in relation to powerful social norms. In this course, we will turn to feminisms, both academic and activist, to help us consider the ethics of embodiment.
Students will study how ethical norms can be called upon to discipline in oppressive ways both individual subjects and the social body; we will also study how to call upon norms to envision a more just and inclusive future.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(ENGL)(ENGL-TLF Conc)(FGSS)(SISP-FGSS Conc)
Ann duCille, SKIN TRADE
Patricia J. Williams, essays from OPEN HOUSE and THE ALCHEMY OF RACE AND RIGHTS
Judith Butler, UNDOING GENDER
Janet R. Jacobson & Ann Pellegrini, LOVE THE SIN: Sexual Regulation and the Limits of Religious Tolerance
Amber L. Hollibaugh, MY DANGEROUS DESIRES: A Queer Girl Dreaming Her Way Home
David Eng, RACIAL CASTRATION: Managing Masculinity in Asian America
|Examination and Assignments: |
Several short papers and a longer final paper
a group oral presentation
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course is a gateway to the FGSS major and meets the English Department's Literatures of Difference requirement for the English major.