WGSS 204 The Experience of Sexuality: Gender & Sexuality in 20th-century American Memoirs (D)

Last offered Spring 2013

Cross Listed as COMP244, ENGL208
Focusing on first-person accounts of LGBTQ sexualities, this course examines how changing social and political realities have affected sexual desires and identities, and how individuals represent their experiences of these historical and conceptual shifts. How do these representations of sexuality challenge prevailing ideas about desire and identity? How do they navigate the gender limitations imposed by our language? How do other social identifications, such as race, ethnicity, class, and gender, shape these experiences of sexuality? We will read memoirs, autobiographies, and personal essays that reflect a range of LGBTQ identities and experiences, including works by Martin Duberman, Audre Lorde, Leslie Feinberg, Alison Bechdel, Reinaldo Arenas, Kate Bornstein, Gloria Anzaldùa, Samuel Delany, David Wojnarowicz, and Michelle Tea. These narratives will be accompanied by a variety of queer and feminist theories of sexuality, some of which interrogate the historical and conceptual limitations of "experience" and "identity." This course fulfills the requirements of the Exploring Diversity Initiative in that it investigates institutions of power and privilege as they have impacted LGBTQ communities, emphasizes empathetic understanding of gender and sexual diversity, and focuses on critical theorization of intersecting differences and identities.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: intensive reading; active class participation; two 5-page papers and final 10-page paper
Additional Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the Gaudino option
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: WGSS majors
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Distribution Notes: meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under WGSS; meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under COMP
Divisional Attributes: Division II,Exploring Diversity
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Enrollment Limit: 20
Expected Enrollment: 15
Class Number: 3465
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WGSS 204 SEM The Experience of Sexuality (D) Division 2: Social StudiesExploring Diversity Initiative Margaux E. Cowden
WGSS 204 SEM The Experience of Sexuality (D) Division 2: Social StudiesExploring Diversity Initiative Margaux E. Cowden
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