WGSS 225
Gender and Sexuality in Asian American Theater
Last Offered Fall 2017
Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
Cross-listed THEA 225 / WGSS 225 / COMP 218
This course is not offered in the current catalog

Class Details

This class begins with the premise that intersectional and interdisciplinary studies of gender and sexuality need to be, and in significant ways already are, in conversation with Asian American studies and theater. How might contemporary Western discourses of masculinity and heterosexuality, for example, depend upon theatrical constructions of Eastern sexual alterity? How have Asian American artists managed and critiqued historically gendered and sexualized stereotypes (e.g., hypersexual Dragon Lady, virginal Lotus Blossom, asexual Charlie Chan) through theatrical intervention? This seminar will closely read dramatic literature written by Asian American artists, as well as engage scholarship in Asian American gender and sexuality studies and performance studies. We will read the work of playwrights including Ayad Akhtar, Ping Chong, Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig, Velina Hasu Houston, David Henry Hwang, Young Jean Lee, Diana Son, Lauren Yee, and Chay Yew.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 20
Expected: 16
Class#: 1583
Grading: yes pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: in-class participation, weekly reading responses, midterm reflection, in-class reading, short essay, final essay
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: declared WGSS majors
Distributions: Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
THEA 225 Division I WGSS 225 Division II COMP 218 Division I

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