WGSS 388 Spring 2013 Psychoanalysis,Gender&Sexuality

Cross Listed as ENGL387, COMP342
Psychoanalytic thought offers one of the most subtle and startling accounts we have of the nature of gender and sexuality, one that suggests how inextricably sexuality is bound to language, to the limits of culture, and to the problem of identity as such. We'll be interested in these issues in their own right; we'll be equally interested in the surprising ways psychoanalytic thought opens up literary, cinematic and visual works--psychoanalysis is, in the end, a form of reading. The course will weave together theoretical texts and fictions from As You Like It to Some Like it Hot. We'll explore Antigone, "chick flicks" and "buddy" films, courtly love lyrics and novels (Balzac, Woolf, Duras) in the light of thinkers such as Freud, Jacques Lacan, Jacqueline Rose, Leo Bersani and Lee Edelman.
Class Format: discussion/seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: lively participation, 20 pages of writing in the form of two short and one longer paper
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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: preference given to English, Comparative Literature, and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies 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 II
Other Attributes: ENGL Criticism Courses
Enrollment Limit: 25
Expected Enrollment: 25
Class Number: 3627
WGSS388-01(S) SEM Psychonalysis,Gender&Sexuality Division 2: Social Studies Christopher L. Pye
TF 2:35 PM-3:50 PM Griffin 5 3627
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