ENGL 237 Spring 2013 Gender and Desire 1200-1600 (D) (W)

Cross Listed as COMP237, WGSS237
The celebration of "courtly love" by medieval and Renaissance writers institutionalized the notion of the desiring male subject and the desired female object that continues to reverberate in contemporary culture. But early writers do not always, or even usually, endorse these positions uncritically, and even works that celebrate heterosexual love devote surprisingly large spaces to other kinds of desire. The Lover in the Romance of the Rose seeks to win the Rose, but it is the male God of Love he kisses on the mouth. Shakespeare's As You Like It and Twelfth Night end in multiple marriages, but the plots revolve around cross-dressing and gender confusion. We will supplement literary readings with both medieval and contemporary theoretical texts. The aim of the course is to sharpen critical reading and writing skills across a broad range of literary forms and historical, cultural and aesthetic values. As part of the Exploring Diversity Initiative, this course focuses on varieties of sexual desire in major pre- and early-modern works, and the challenges they offer to our own contemporary values and assumptions.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: class participation, four or five papers of varying lengths involving a total of 20-25 pages of writing
Additional Info: not available for the Gaudino or Pass/Fail options
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Prerequisites: a 100-level English course, or a score of 5 on the Advanced Placement examination in English Literature or a 6 or 7 on the International Baccalaureate
Enrollment Preference: (in order): first-year students, sophomores who have not taken a Gateway course, upper-class majors who have not taken a Gateway, prospective Comparative Literature majors
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Distribution Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under ENGL or COMP; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under WGSS
Divisional Attributes: Division I,Exploring Diversity,Writing Intensive
Other Attributes: ENGL 200-level Gateway Courses,ENGL Literary Histories A
Enrollment Limit: 19
Expected Enrollment: 19
Class Number: 3601
ENGL237-01(S) SEM Gender & Desire 1200-1600 (D) (W) Division 1: Languages and the ArtsExploring Diversity InitiativeWriting Intensive Sherron E. Knopp
MR 2:35 PM-3:50 PM Schapiro Hall 137 3601
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