HIST 332 Fall 2014 Queering Europe: Sexualities and Politics since 1850 (D)

Cross Listed as WGSS331
This course explores the construction, articulation, and politics of queer sexual desire in Europe from the later nineteenth century to the present. By placing queer sexualities in their broader social and political context the course examines the ways in which sexuality has become central to questions of identity, personal and national, in modern European society. Topics include: the role of the new science of sexology in specifying various "sexual perversions"; the rise of sexual undergrounds in the context of European urbanization; the birth of campaigns for "homosexual emancipation"; attempts to regulate and suppress "deviant" sexualities, especially under the fascist regimes in the 1930s; the effects of the postwar consumer revolution on the practices of sexual selfhood; the postwar "sex change" debates; the politics of 1950s homophile organizing and the 1970s Gay Liberation Movement; and the recent politics of gay marriage. The course will focus primarily on Britain, France, and Germany, but also on Italy and Russia. Readings will be drawn from sexological texts, political tracts, memoirs, and the writings of recent historians. Several films will also be discussed. "Queering Europe" meets the requirements of the Exploring Diversity Initiative insofar as it explores how sexual difference has been constituted, contested, and experienced and how what we assume to be the "sexual norm" has a profoundly political history.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on class discussion, the posting of four 500 word response papers, two 6- to 8-page interpretive essays, and a final research paper of approximately 12-15 pages
Additional Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: junior and senior History and WGSS majors
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Divisional Attributes: Division II,Exploring Diversity
Other Attributes: HIST Group C Electives - Europe and Russia
Enrollment Limit: 25
Expected Enrollment: 15-20
Class Number: 1194
CLASSES ATTR INSTRUCTORS TIMES CLASS NUMBER ENRL CONSENT
HIST 332 - 01 (F) SEM European Sexualities (D) Division 2: Social StudiesExploring Diversity Initiative Chris Waters
TR 11:20 AM-12:35 PM Schapiro Hall 137 1194
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