WGSS 329
Sexuality and US Literatures of the 19th Century
Last Offered Spring 2017
Division I
Cross-listed ENGL 329 / AMST 349 / WGSS 329
This course is not offered in the current catalog or this is a previous listing for a current course.

Class Details

If homosexuality and heterosexuality, as it is commonly argued, only came into being as legible identities at the end of the nineteenth century, what constituted “sexualities” before that? This course will explore how sexualities were expressed, regulated, denied and embraced “before identity” through reading closely some of the most central literary and cultural works of the period alongside a set of methodologically and theoretically diverse critical works that engage this query. Some questions we may explore include: What counts as sex and why would that be important to understanding a work of literature? What effect does race, ethnicity, gender, class and other differences make on sexual expression and regulation? How does literature itself represent, theorize, and respond to discourses of desire? Authors whose works we may explore include Emily Dickinson, Frederick Douglass,Harriet Jacobs, Henry James, Herman Melville, and Ralph Waldo Emerson.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 3951
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: engaged and thoughtful discussion, in-class writings, oral presentation, one 5- to 7-page paper and one 8- to 10-page paper
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: ENGL, WGSS, and AMST majors
Distributions: Division I
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ENGL 329 Division I AMST 349 Division I WGSS 329 Division I
Attributes: ENGL Literary Histories B

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