Gender and Sexuality in Ancient Greek Culture|
Fall 2018 not offered
In this course we will examine the construction of gender roles in ancient Greece and approach gender as an organizing principle of private and public life in ancient Greek society. Using literary, scientific, historical, and philosophical sources as well as material evidence, we will address issues including the creation of woman, conceptions of the male and female body, the legal status of men and women; what constitutes acceptable sexual practices and for whom (e.g., heterosexual relationships, homoeroticism, prostitution, adultery); and ideas regarding desire, masculinity and femininity, and their cultivation in social, political, and ritual contexts such as rituals of initiation, marriage, drinking parties, the law court, and the theater. How ancient approaches to gender and sexuality are in dialogue or have informed recent debates will be a question throughout the course. We will end by looking at how ideas about sexuality in classical antiquity were used in ROMER V. EVANS, otherwise known as the 1993 Colorado Gay Rights Case.
||Gen Ed Area Dept:
HA CLAS, SBS CLAS|
|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CCIV)(CLAS)(FGSS)
Selections from Hesiod's THEOGONY and WORKS AND DAYS.
Selections from Homer's ILIAD and ODYSSEY.
HOMERIC HYMN TO APHRODITE; HOMERIC HYMN TO DEMETER.
Plays by Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, and Aristophanes.
Apollodorus, AGAINST NEAIRA.
Plutarch, ADVICE TO THE BRIDE AND GROOM.
B. Holmes, GENDER: ANTIQUITY AND ITS LEGACY
M. Foucault, THE HISTORY OF SEXUALITY
Selections from J. Butler
|Examination and Assignments: |
Regular brief responses to the readings.
3 Papers (1st: 6-8pages, 2nd: 8-10pages, Final: 8-12pages).
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Regular attendance and active participation
All readings are in English translation.