COMP 244 Spring 2013 The Experience of Sexuality: Gender & Sexuality in 20th-century American Memoirs (D)

Cross Listed as WGSS204, 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 Anzaldua, 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 ENGL or COMP
Divisional Attributes: Division I,Exploring Diversity
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Enrollment Limit: 20
Expected Enrollment: 15
Class Number: 3467
COMP244-01(S) SEM The Experience of Sexuality (D) Division 1: Languages and the ArtsExploring Diversity Initiative Margaux E. Cowden
TF 1:10 PM-2:25 PM Hollander 040 3467
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