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
|SECTION 01 In-person only|
|Special Attributes: FYS|
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Readings may include: McCann, Kim, and Ergun, 2020,"Feminist Theory Reader: Local and Global Perspectives";
Butler, UNDOING GENDER;
Hill Collins, BLACK SEXUAL POLITICS;
Magubane, "Which Bodies Matter? Feminism, Poststructuralism, Race and the Curious Theoretical Odyssey of the "Hottentot Venus";
Crenshaw, "Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics and Violence against Women of Color¿;
Lorde, ZAMI: A NEW SPELLING OF MY NAME;
Puar, "Circuits of Queer Mobility";
Ahmed, "An Affinity of Hammers," among others.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Five brief written responses to the readings roughly 1 single-spaced page each;
Critical Media Essay (4-5 pages); Final Paper (8-10 pages)
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Due to the seminar's length and late-evening time slot, a portion of each class will take place asynchronously, in order to lessen Zoom fatigue and enable a bit more flexibility across time zones. The required asynchronous components will take two forms: 1) timed assignments, such as brief written responses to prompts, on which you will receive feedback; and 2) bi-weekly office hours meetings of 1-3 students, lasting 20-30 minutes. The latter will function like tutorials intended to enrich our weekly seminar discussions. By the second week of the semester, you will select a regular tutorial time slot in consultation with me.
Combined, the seminar¿s synchronous and asynchronous components will not exceed the allotted class time of 2 hours and 50 minutes per week. Full participation in both synchronous and asynchronous components is required.
If pandemic conditions and space on-campus allow for some in-person interactions, I am open to the possibility of making adjustments, but no in-person gatherings will be required for completion of the course. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.
|Instructor(s): Zia,Afiya Shehrbano Times: .M.W... 08:20AM-09:40AM; Location: ALLB004; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 15||SR major: X||JR major: X|| || |
|Seats Available: 15||GRAD: X||SR non-major: X||JR non-major: X||SO: X||FR: 15|
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