ENGL 329
Sexuality and US Literatures of the 19th Century Spring 2017 Division I; Exploring Diversity Initiative; Cross-listed as AMST349 / WGSS329 / ENGL329
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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: Type: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 3282
Requirements/Evaluation: engaged and thoughtful discussion, in-class writings, oral presentation, one 5- to 7-page paper and one 8- to 10-page paper
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
Extra Info 2: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under ENGL; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under AMST or WGSS
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: ENGL, WGSS, and AMST majors
Distributions: Division I; Exploring Diversity Initiative;
Attributes: ENGL Literary Histories B

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