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Asexuality and Other Absences
/ WGSS 355
What is asexuality? The asexual individual is commonly defined as “one who does not experience sexual attraction” but, under examination, this keyword quickly gives way a growing body of meanings, feelings, affiliations, and associations. How might asexuality transform or expand our understandings of sexuality, desire, romance, legibility, health, and violence? This seminar will explore the emergent field of asexuality studies while examining various kinds of sexual and romantic absences in contemporary fiction, film, and new media with particular attention to race and disability. How might asexuality disrupt or reify our conceptions of these terms of embodiment?
Grading: no pass/fail option,
yes fifth course option
kindness and generosity; engaged classroom presence; online discussion; annotated bibliography; roundtable discussion; visual object analysis; comic memoir; final presentation
a 100-level ENGL course, or a score of 5 on the AP English Literature exam, or a score of 6 or 7 on the Higher Level IB English exam
ENGL and WGSS majors
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ENGL Literary Histories C