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WGSS 355
Asexuality and Other Absences Spring 2020
Division II
Cross-listed ENGL 355 / WGSS 355

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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?
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 25
Expected: 15
Class#: 3960
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: kindness and generosity; engaged classroom presence; online discussion; annotated bibliography; roundtable discussion; visual object analysis; comic memoir; final presentation
Prerequisites: 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
Enrollment Preferences: ENGL and WGSS majors
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ENGL 355 Division I WGSS 355 Division II
Attributes: ENGL Literary Histories C

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