Courses
Brian E. Herrera, M 11:00 am - 12:20 pm

This course introduces major concepts in the interdisciplinary field of gender and sexuality studies. It engages questions such as: What does it mean to be a woman or a man? Or neither? How do gender and sexuality emerge from networks of power and social relations? And how are they entangled with, and aid in the co-constitution, of other axes of identity such as class, race, ability? We will analyze the relation between gender, sexuality, and power -- as objects of study and lived experiences-in literary, philosophical, political, and medical discourses. 

Dannelle Gutarra Cordero, MW 11:00 am - 12:20 pm

This course explores the intellectual history of media, sex, and the racialized body. We will analyze the representation of the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality in film, advertisements, the fashion industry, reality TV, animation, and music videos. This course will closely examine the predominance of white heteronormativity in media, the representation of gender in K-pop and K-dramas, the media conceptualization of the "intimacy of the Arab woman," and the sexualization of blackness and Latinx bodies in blaxploitation films and telenovelas. 

Dannelle Gutarra Cordero, MW 1:30 pm - 2:50 pm

This course explores the intellectual history of the racialization of beauty. We will begin by analyzing how the history of Atlantic slavery and scientific racism set precedents for the contemporary dominant conceptualization of beauty in the body, art, and nature. Students will then concentrate on the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality in beauty pageants, advertising, and the plastic surgery industry. This course will also closely examine racialized fat phobia, the racial politics of hair, transnational colorism, and racialized exploitation in beauty service work. 

Anne McClintock, M 1:30 pm - 3:20 pm

Pleasure Power and Profit explores the intimate ways that sexualities and race are entwined in contemporary culture, historically, and in our own lives. Why are questions about sexuality and race some of the most controversial, compelling, yet often taboo issues of our time? Exploring films, popular culture, novels, social media, and theory, we engage themes like: race, gender and empire; fetishism, Barbie, vampires and zombies; sex work and pornography; marriage and monogamy; queer sexualities; and strategies for social empowerment such as: Black Lives Matter, the new campus feminism, and global movements against sexual and gender violence. 

Elizabeth M. Armstrong, TTh 1:30 pm - 2:50 pm

Reproduction is a basic biological process, as well as a fundamental one for all societies. While the biology of human reproduction is universal across time and place, cultural norms and social institutions powerfully inflect and shape the experience of pregnancy and childbirth in every society. This course investigates the history and sociology of reproduction, focusing on the contemporary United States, but with an eye toward other societies for comparison. How, why, and for whom does birth matter? How do reproductive practices reflect gender, race, and class? The course examines the culture, politics, and economics of reproduction. 

Regina Kunzel, W 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm

Does the body have a history? Considering the body from a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives, this course challenges assumptions about what we take to be deeply natural and stable over time and space - our bodily selves. We will pay particular attention to the constitution of the body in relation to historical configurations of sex, gender, and sexuality; race and racialization; (dis)ability, normalcy, and fitness; and discipline and surveillance. Attending to the enduring force of those histories, we will also consider the operations of power on and in the body in the present moment. 

Gayle Salamon, T 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm

This course will explore the interdisciplinary field of Gender and Sexuality Studies from its beginnings to the current state of the field. We will range widely among genres and disciplines to consider how gender and sexuality is studied variously - in philosophy, literary studies, anthropology, sociology, history - attending to the abiding concerns that unite those studies, and the methodological differences that delimit them. Topics considered include queer-of-color critique, practices of queer world-making, gender-based violence and bodily vulnerability, experimental archives, and gender and sexuality as objects of university study. 

Dara Z. Strolovitch, M 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm

This course engages theoretical and empirical work about interest groups and social movements in U.S. politics and policy-making. We examine theories of interest group and social movement formation, maintenance, and decline; how interest groups and social movements try to influence politics and public policy; interactions between interest groups and the three branches of the federal government; lobbying, elections, and campaign finance; and the effectiveness of interest groups and movements as agents of democratic representation, particularly for marginalized groups such as women, people of colour, low-income people, and LGBTQ people.

Dannelle Gutarra Cordero, M W 08:30 am - 09:50 am

Who decided which first names are deemed "difficult to pronounce"? Why are the words "fear," "ignorance," "belief," and "guilt" used to normalize racism? Why do history textbooks avoid the use of the word "genocide" when addressing Atlantic slavery? This course explores the recent intellectual history of the role of naming and coded language in institutional anti-Blackness. Each class will analyze how structures of power have intentionally erased their histories and contemporary acts of racial oppression through linguistic and epistemic control, while also paying close attention to the language of resistance in Black activism.

Imani Perry, Th 01:30 pm - 04:20 pm

Journeying from enslavement and Jim Crow to the post-civil rights era, this course will teach how law and social policy have shaped, constrained, and been resisted by black women's experience and thought. Using a wide breadth of materials including legal scholarship, social science research, visual arts, and literature, we will also develop an understanding of how property, the body, and the structure and interpretation of domestic relations have been frameworks through which black female subjectivity in the United States was and is mediated.

Staff, T Th 11:00 am - 12:20 pm

What is American Islam and who are U.S. Muslims? This seminar employs lectures, discussions, and a diverse array of texts, including novels, scholarly works, films, arts, music, and much more, to respond to this question, revealing how a focus on Islam and Muslims in the U.S. produces critical counter-narratives of race, religion, and gender in the United States from the colonial era to the present.

Paul Nadal, T 01:30 pm - 04:20 pm

This course is an introductory survey of the major works and debates in Asian American literature and culture. We will study a variety of genres--novels, short stories, comics, memoirs, films, and science fiction--to examine how writers treat issues of racial and ethnic identity, gender, queerness, history, memory, colonialism, immigration, technology, and war. By placing Asian American subject formation in relationship to social, economic, and intellectual developments, we will explore the potential of Asian American literary texts to deepen our global and historical understanding of Asians in the U.S. and the U.S. in Asia.

April Alliston, Th 10:00 am - 12:40 pm

The advent of the Internet shut down the feminist "Porn Wars" debates 25 years ago, yet created conditions of possibility for a recent revival of debate on pornography at the intersections of philosophy, literary theory and history, social science, legal studies, and gender studies. At stake, beyond gender and sexual politics, are the broader politics of representation, dissemination, and "speech." We address these by discussing works from multiple fields, emphasizing literary studies and philosophy. Readings, beyond those listed below, include essays by G.S. Rubin, K.A. MacKinnon, N. Strossen, A. de Botton, J.J. Fischel, and S. Zizek.

Hilton Als, T 01:30 pm - 03:20 pm

Modern queer writers have long written about the rich and complicated relationship straight cis women have had with queer men. And yet, outside of queer literary circles, little attention has been paid to how these relationships challenge or replicate traditional family structures, and form a community outside of the status quo. We will examine the stories male writers constructed and analyze women writers who held a mirror up to those straight and queer men who were drawn to lesbian culture. By examining photography and painting, we will further look at the artist's relationship to and identification with queerness, or straight female power.

Judith Hamera, W 01:30 pm - 04:20 pm

What can memoirs teach us about navigating the demands of a life in dance, and about the ways these demands are profoundly intersectional: shaped by racial, gender, and class hierarchies and economies? This seminar examines memoir as an activist project and mode of performance illuminating the work of dance. Readings include works by Carlos Acosta, Misty Copeland, Li Cunxin, Mark Morris, Jock Soto, and others. Theories of personal narrative theory and autobiography guide our discussions. Students will conduct oral history interviews and investigate personal papers in local archives as forms of memoir. Emphasis on dancers in the Americas.

Erin Y. Huang, W 01:30 pm - 04:20 pm

This course examines "dangerous bodies" - bodies that transgress existing gender and racial norms in Chinese and Sinophone cultures. Situated at the intersection of literary, film, performance, gender and ethnic studies, this course provides an introduction to the shifting social meanings of the body in relation to historical masculinity, femininity, and Chineseness. We examine different cross-dressed figures, ranging from Mulan, cross-dressed male opera singer, WWII Japanese/Chinese spy, to experimental queer cinema, in a study that unpacks whether these transgressive bodies represent social change or a tool for restoring traditional norms.

Erin Y. Huang, T 01:30 pm - 04:20 pm

This course introduces students to twenty-first-century Asian women writers (Japan, Korea, China) whose works achieved global popularity through translation in the past two decades. Written by writers living in East Asian countries dealing with capitalist developments, financial crises, and neoliberal free trade agreements, the texts collectively suggest the global interest and transmission of women's rights and LGBTQ movements in Asia and beyond. We explore, firstly, the meaning of "capitalism" as seen by the author in each text, and secondly, a commodified urban-based cosmopolitan culture that depends on the continued orientalism of Asia.

Autumn M. Womack, Th 09:00 am - 11:50 am

What does it mean to read late-19th Century African American literature now? What critical questions does it answer, what methodological approaches does it demand, and what does it mean to ethically encounter the archive of postbellum black life and literature? We approach these questions by pairing deep readings of African American literature from the late 19th century with criticism that takes the period as its starting point. We read canonical and lesser known texts as sites from which race, freedom, aesthetics, performance, and the archive itself are being theorized, while also exploring how those very ideas might instruct us now.

Monica Huerta, W 06:30 pm - 09:20 pm

This course asks questions about interdisciplinarity in relation to professional structures of recognition. We analyze prize-winning monographs which were "first books," first, to begin to build our own toolkits, and second to explore which works become "prize-winning." The "firstness" of our books is a point of departure, even as we place them in genealogies: theoretical, critical, archival. We ask: what is interdisciplinarity in each book and over time? what methods carry over between fields? what makes books 'field-defining'?

Anne McClintock, W 01:30 pm - 03:20 pm

This course explores the fascination with animals in film, photography and popular culture, engaging critical issues in animal and environmental studies. In the context of global crises of climate change and mass displacement, course themes include the invention of wilderness, national parks, zoos and the prison system; the cult of the pet; vampires, werewolves and liminal creatures; animal communication, emotions and rights; queering nature; race and strategies for environmental justice. How can rethinking animals help us rethink what it means to be human? How can we transform our relations with other species and the planet itself?

Barbara N. Nagel, Th 01:30 pm - 04:20 pm

When the machismo of fascism gets unbearable and #metoo comes into full swing, cries for the castration of patriarchy grow louder. This seminar investigates the concept of castration from literary, artistic, psychoanalytic, feminist, queer, postcolonial, and philosophical angles. We think through the question of how to counter a symbolic order that is so firmly organized around the phallus that any attempt at castration is reappropriated as proof of the transcendental value of the phallus. With guest speakers.

Margot Canaday, Pre-Recorded

This course examines the history of gender and sexuality across the 20th century, with emphasis on both regulation and resistance. Topics include early homosexual subcultures; the commercialization of sex; reproduction and its limitation; sex, gender, and war; cold war sexual containment; the feminist movement; conservative backlash; AIDS politics; same-sex marriage; Hillary; and many others.

Staff, T 01:30 pm - 04:20 pm

How do representations of men and women, past and present, intersect with popular memories of and attitudes towards gender and sexuality? Thinking through this question with reference to India, this course will entail a close reading of one Bollywood film (with English subtitles) each week alongside an engagement with scholarly studies of the histories of gender and sexuality and of film in South Asia. Students will learn to be critical and historically sensitive viewers of film. They will also reflect critically on the crafting and re-crafting of popular memory, placing remembered pasts in dialog with scholarly approaches.

Wendy Warren, T 01:30 pm - 04:20 pm

The prison is a growth industry in the U.S.; it is also a central institution in U.S. political and social life, shaping our experience of race, class, gender, sexuality, citizenship, and political possibility. This course explores the history of incarceration over the course of more than two centuries. It tracks the emergence of the penitentiary in the early national period and investigates mass incarceration of the late 20th century. Topics include the relationship between the penitentiary and slavery; the prisoners' rights movement; Japanese internment; immigration detention; and the privatization and globalization of prisons.

Satyel Larson, Th 01:30 pm - 04:20 pm

This course explores how feminist thought & activism circulates globally by examining a variety of feminist movements in the Middle East & North Africa. Beginning with modern feminist thought and activism in mid-19th century Syria & Egypt, we'll trace feminist movements in various contemporary contexts, from Morocco, Iran, Turkey, Tunisia, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon & Egypt in the 20th century, to women's participation in the Arab Spring and transnational Islamic movements in the 21st century. We'll map the local and geopolitical discourses that have shaped regional feminisms, and ask how local feminisms are transnational or global.

Joanna Wuest, M 07:30 pm - 10:20 pm

This course explores scientific thinking about identity, behavior, and human difference in the U.S. We will examine theories of biopolitics, policy debates over identity and difference since the nineteenth century, and scientific studies on race, gender, sexual, and class categories. The point of the seminar is to discuss not only the ethics of this research but also to comprehend the causes and consequences of bringing science to bear so heavily on conflicts over political power and rights.

Andrew S. Reynolds, T Th 01:30 pm - 02:50 pm

Analyzing LGBTQ politics and public policy in the US and globally. Assessing the impact of the descriptive representation of LGBTQ+ people on public policy, legislation, legal reform and social change. Comparing domestic issues with LGBTQ politics around the world: in the global north and south. Understanding the role that elected officials, activists and voters can have in driving change, affecting their colleagues, constituents and neighbors. Considering internal tensions and conflicts within the LGBTQ family, as well as coalitions and allied movements. Students will focus on a community which resonates with them personally.

Fauzia Farooqui, M W 11:00 am - 12:20 pm

This course will introduce students to the richness and diversity of women's writing in India; it will open many windows into regional Indian societies, cultures, and subcultures; and it will allow students to examine social issues and cultural values from women's perspectives. By studying women's writings from at least ten major Indian languages (in English translation), students will be able to identify differences and disagreements among different canons as well as some common features among them that justify the category of Indian women's writing.

Brian E. Herrera, T 01:30 pm - 04:20 pm

As an art form, theater operates in the shared space and time of the present moment while also manifesting imagined worlds untethered by the limits of "real" life. In this course, we undertake a critical, creative and historical survey of the ways contemporary theater-making in the United States - as both industry and creative practice - does (and does not) engage the most urgent concerns of contemporary American society.

Dannelle Gutarra Cordero, 11:00 am - 12:20 pm T Th

This course explores the intellectual history of the racialization of beauty. We will begin by analyzing how the history of Atlantic slavery and scientific racism set precedents for the contemporary dominant conceptualization of beauty in the body, art, and nature. Students will then concentrate on the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality in beauty pageants, advertising, and the plastic surgery industry. This course will also closely examine racialized fat phobia, the racial politics of hair, transnational colorism, and racialized exploitation in beauty service work.

Dannelle Gutarra Cordero, 01:30 pm - 04:20 pm T

This course explores the recent history of ideas about contemporary unfreedom, focusing on the influence of discourses about race, gender, and sexuality. We will study how scientific racism, structural violence, and climate change fuel contemporary slavery. Students will analyze how the silencing of the pervasiveness of contemporary slavery is tied to the narrative of "abolition" and the globalization of economic dynamics based on the exploitation of predominantly people of color. This course will also examine the racialization of child exploitation, survivor criminalization, and representation of unfreedom in the annual U.S. TIP Report.

Alfred Bendixen, 01:30 pm - 04:20 pm W

Feminist Futures explores the way in which recent writers have transformed science fiction into speculative fiction - an innovative literary form capable of introducing and exploring new kinds of feminist, queer, and multi-cultural perspectives. These books confront the limitations imposed on women and imagine transformative possibilities for thinking about gender roles and relationships, the body, forms of power, and political and social structures.

Gayle Salamon, 01:30 pm - 04:20 pm T

One is not born, but becomes, woman. So writes Simone deBeauvoir in her landmark work of feminism, The Second Sex. But how do we become women, anyway? In this course we will read The Second Sex in its entirety, exploring Beauvoir's ideas, along with our current ones, about childhood, coming of age, the family, sexuality, relationships, work, the social order, and the philosophical imaginary. We will read Beauvoir alongside the work of her primary interlocutors as well as contemporary theory, memoir, and fiction considering the question of what it means to become a woman--or not--in contemporary culture.

Dannelle Gutarra Cordero, 08:30 am - 09:50 am T Th

This course explores the intellectual history of scientific racism, paying close attention to how its theories influence power and institutions today. Reading primary sources from the history of science, each class will trace the reverberations of scientific racism in media, education, politics, law, and global health. Our conversations will consistently analyze the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and age in the legacies of scientific racism. We will also examine the impact of scientific racism in public discourse about the Black Lives Matter Movement and collectively brainstorm for activism towards restorative justice.

Wallace D. Best, 01:30 pm - 04:20 pm W

Sexuality has long been a contested and contentious issue within American religions, yet only recently have scholars begun to address it forthrightly. This course will explore the emerging literature on sexuality and religion as a way to understand how approaches to sex and sexuality within "sacred spaces" have shaped private behavior and public opinion. We will give particular attention to African American religious traditions and American evangelicalism and Catholicism more broadly for the way they have been especially influential in framing (and inhibiting) sexual discourse and practices in the United States.

Aniruddhan Vasudevan, 11:00 am - 12:20 pm M W

The goal of this course is to understand what queer lifeworlds are like in diverse cultural and sociopolitical contexts. What is the relationship between queerness and larger factors like culture, coloniality, global capitalism, religion, and the state? What counts as queer and whose recognition matters? How do people carve queer spaces for themselves and what resources do they draw upon in doing so? What factors influence and curtail these possibilities? Is queer always radical and against the norm? We will answer such questions by reading ethnographies, theories, and biographies that focus on queer lifeworlds across the world.

Tiffany C. Cain, 01:30 pm - 04:20 pm Th

How is empire made? How is it imagined and reimagined, mutating and creating new global relations? What are its social, political and material signatures? In this seminar we will explore how empire's derivative manifestations and entrenched mechanisms (e.g. race, gender or capitalism) influence our understandings of history and the structuring of our social relationships. Engaging transdisciplinary works we will focus on how empire constructs contradictory logics of belonging in localized contexts through the formation of intimate, biopolitical and ecological relationships between people, territories and collective institutions of governance.

Melissa Haynes, 01:30 pm - 02:20 pm T Th

An introduction to the classical myths in their cultural context and in their wider application to human concerns (such as creation, sex and gender, identity, transformation, and death). The course will offer a who's who of the ancient imaginative world, study the main ancient sources of well known stories, and introduce modern approaches to analyzing myths.

Susana Draper, 01:30 pm - 04:20 pm W

This course explores questions and practices of liberation in writings by women philosophers and poets whose work helped to create cultural and political movements in the U.S. and Latin America. Starting in the 60s, we will study a poetics and politics of liberation, paying special attention to the role played by language and imagination when ideas translate onto social movements related to social justice, structural violence, education, care, and the commons. Readings include Gloria Anzaldúa, Angela Davis, Silvia Federici, Diamela Eltit, Audre Lorde, Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui, Gayatri Spivak, Zapatistas, among others.

A.M. Homes, 01:30 pm - 03:20 pm T

In traditional workshops content and context come second to craft. Here we will explore writing political fiction, the politics of fiction and writing as political engagement. We'll read widely, from the most realistic depictions of the American political process and the varieties of immigrant experience to the work of afrofuturists and feminists. The personal is the political and our frame will range from the global to the domestic. We will write stories that inhabit experiences other than our own. This course will allow students to make interdisciplinary connections between courses on history, politics and identity and creative writing.

Judith Hamera, 01:30 pm - 04:20 pm T

Bharatanatyam, butoh, hip hop, and salsa are some of the dances that will have us travel from temples and courtyards to clubs, streets, and stages around the world. Through studio sessions, readings and viewings, field research, and discussions, this seminar will introduce students to dance across cultures with special attention to issues of migration, cultural appropriation, gender and sexuality, and spiritual and religious expression. Students will also learn basic elements of participant observation research. Guest artists will teach different dance forms. No prior dance experience is necessary.

Netta C. Yerushalmy, 01:30 pm - 04:20 pm T

This hybrid studio/seminar course progresses in two tracks: one of embodied movement practices and the other of theoretico-historical critique. The canon of modern dance--arguably an American trajectory--is the source material for our interdisciplinary work. We will mimic and examine landmark choreographies in order to explore foundational tenets of modern art and modernity at large. Ableism and nihilism, sovereignty and sexuality, race and gender, are some of the themes that we will face along the path of analyzing the work of Martha Graham, Alvin Ailey, Bob Fosse, Merce Cunningham, George Balanchine, and Vaclav Nijinsky.

Russ Leo, 06:30 pm - 09:20 pm T

In this course wel look carefully at crucial theses (and crises) of work and labor, paying particular attention to social reproduction and attendant questions of sex, gender, and class. Topics include the working day; flex time; the gig economy; housework/domestic work; affective labor; immaterial labor; care work; migration; the refusal to work; the right to laziness, and other forms of resistance. In addition to foundational works in theory and gender and sexuality studies we turn our attention to signal films to discern how certain forms of work, as well as resistance, become intelligible (or resist intelligibility as such).

Anne McClintock, 01:30 pm - 03:20 pm W

This course explores the fascination with animals in film, photography and popular culture, engaging critical issues in animal and environmental studies. In the context of global crises of climate change and mass displacement, course themes include the invention of wilderness, national parks, zoos and the prison system; the cult of the pet; vampires, werewolves and liminal creatures; animal communication, emotions and rights; queering nature; race and strategies for environmental justice. How can rethinking animals help us rethink what it means to be human? How can we transform our relations with other species and the planet itself?

Wendy Warren, 01:30 pm - 04:20 pm Th

This seminar covers (some of) the history of women in North America, from the 1600s until the 1960s. It has two central goals: to emphasize the variety of women's experiences that have occurred over four centuries of North American history; and to highlight the centrality of women's history to North American history as a whole. Along the way, we will complicate the category of "women," and come to understand how that category has changed during the period. Understanding the complex history of women in North America is crucial to any larger understanding of the formation and history of the United States - this course will seek to explain why.

Brian E. Herrera, 11:00 am - 12:20 pm M W

This course offers an intensive survey of how Latina/o/x performers, characters, cultures, narratives and musical styles have always been a constitutive feature of the "American musical" - as performance genre, practice and tradition - on both stage and screen. The course's study of notable Latinx musicals (in terms of form, content and context) will examine the history of US popular performance alongside Latina/o/x cultural histories.

Eve Krakowski, 11:00 am - 12:20 pm T Th

The decline of marriage in recent decades is often tied to the decline of religion. But why should marriage, a contractual relationship centered on sex and property, be seen as a religious practice? This seminar considers the varied and surprising ways in which the great monotheistic traditions of the Near East came to connect certain forms of human marriage - or their rejection- to divine devotion, and considers how marriage worked in societies shaped by these traditions. Spanning biblical Israel to the medieval Islamic world, this course will introduce you to the historical study of Near Eastern religions and to the field of family history.

Shaun E. Marmon, 10:00 am - 12:50 pm T

This course explores the relationship or dissonance between various legal categories or discourses and social practice in Medieval Muslim societies. Topics covered include: crime and punishment, gender, childhood, slavery, disease, and death. Readings include primary texts, documents and inscriptions, in Arabic and in translation. We also make use of the resources of Rare Books and Special Collections.

Robert L. Phillips, 11:00 am - 12:20 pm M W

How has the nexus of gender, society, and the performing arts been theorized, constructed, and experienced at different times and in different places in South Asian cultures? What have been the impacts of modernity on the performing arts in South Asia? In exploring these and related questions we will draw from music, dance, film, literature, and ethnographic and historical sources as we consider the complexities of social and cultural discourses in relation to gender and the performing arts.

Andy Alfonso, Nicole D. Legnani, 01:30 pm - 02:20 pm M W

What did it mean to be "wild," "manly" or "white" in Early Modernity, and how do these categories function today? This course explores films made in the last fifty years, featuring "descents into savagery" and the colonial texts that inspired them. Among other topics, we'll discuss: coloniality and its effects; primitivism and progress; media and mediation; race and gender; healing practices; intercultural dialogues; and community-based performances.

Nicole D. Legnani, 01:30 pm - 04:20 pm T

Studies a variety of texts (poetry, comedia, mystery play, apologia, letters) written by the most celebrated female Hispanic writer of the seventeenth century, widely considered to be the first feminist of the American hemisphere. Discussions include rhetoric and feminism; Sor Juana's literary forbearers;freedom and repression in the convent; correspondence with other writers in the viceroyalties of New Spain and Peru; performances of gender and sexuality in colonial Mexico; polemics and representations of the figure of Juana Inés de la Cruz today.

Lynda G. Dodd, 08:30 am - 09:50 am T Th

This course will explore how women's rights activists, lawyers, and legal scholars have considered legal institutions and law to be arenas and resources for transforming women's lives and gender norms, identities, and roles. Since the early 1970s, feminist legal scholars and lawyers have challenged traditional understandings of law and the core civic values of freedom, justice, and equality. Others have questioned whether litigation-centered approaches to reform have harmed more than helped advance the goal of women's equality and liberation.

Brian E. Herrera, 01:30 pm - 04:20 pm T

As an art form, theater operates in the shared space and time of the present moment while also manifesting imagined worlds untethered by the limits of "real" life. In this course, we undertake a critical, creative and historical survey of the ways contemporary theater-making in the United States - as both industry and creative practice - does (and does not) engage the most urgent concerns of contemporary American society.

Lynda G. Dodd, T Th 11:00 am - 12:20 pm

2020 marks the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment, which gave millions of women in the United States the right to vote. This seminar will examine the women's suffrage movement in all its complexity, assess its consequences, and situate the Nineteenth Amendment in the context of the broader struggle for voting rights for all women in the United States.

Dannelle Gutarra Cordero, M 01:30 pm - 04:20 pm

This course explores the intellectual history of the intersections of race and sexual violence. We analyze the evolution of legal frameworks about sexual violence in different jurisdictions, while also exploring the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality in the history of sexual violence in the Atlantic slave trade and contemporary carceral systems. Students will examine case studies of sexual violence against trans youth of color and the racialization of intimate partner sexual violence, genocidal rape, post-catastrophe sexual violence, and sex trafficking, including forced marriage and child sexual exploitation.

Dannelle Gutarra Cordero, M W 11:00 am - 12:20 pm

This course explores the intellectual history of media, sex, and the racialized body. We will analyze the representation of the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality in film, advertisements, the fashion industry, reality TV, animation, and music videos. This course will closely examine the predominance of white heteronormativity in media, the representation of gender in K-pop and K-dramas, the media conceptualization of the "intimacy of the Arab woman," and the sexualization of blackness and Latinx bodies in blaxploitation films and telenovelas.

Anne McClintock, T 01:30 pm - 04:20 pm

Pleasure Power and Profit explores the intimate ways that sexualities and race are entwined in contemporary culture, historically, and in our own lives. Why are questions about sexuality and race some of the most controversial, compelling, yet often taboo issues of our time? Exploring films, popular culture, novels, social media, and theory, we engage themes like: race, gender and empire; fetishism, Barbie, vampires and zombies; sex work and pornography; marriage and monogamy; queer sexualities; and strategies for social empowerment such as: Black Lives Matter, the new campus feminism, and global movements against sexual and gender violence.

Alfred Bendixen, M 01:30 pm - 04:20 pm

An exploration of the graphic memoir focusing on the ways specific works combine visual imagery and language to expand the possibilities of autobiographical narrative. Through our analysis of highly acclaimed graphic memoirs from the American, Franco-Belgian, and Japanese traditions, we analyze the visual and verbal constructions of identity with an emphasis on the representation of gender dynamics and cultural conflict.

Elizabeth M. Armstrong, T Th 01:30 pm - 02:50 pm

Reproduction is a basic biological process, as well as a fundamental one for all societies. While the biology of human reproduction is universal across time and place, cultural norms and social institutions powerfully inflect and shape the experience of pregnancy and childbirth in every society. This course investigates the history and sociology of reproduction, focusing on the contemporary United States, but with an eye toward other societies for comparison. How, why, and for whom does birth matter? How do reproductive practices reflect gender, race, and class? The course examines the culture, politics, and economics of reproduction.

Dannelle Gutarra Cordero, M W 08:30 am - 09:50 am

This course explores the intellectual history of black captivity. We begin by analyzing how black political prisoners have been understood as symbols, while also paying close attention to how scientific racism not only legitimized black captivity, but also modern captivity in general. Students then concentrate on examining the transition from the notion of slave captivity to the premeditated containment of black bodies through criminalization, exploitation, human experimentation, and alienation. Lastly, we address how black social movements have used "captivity" as a trope within discourses of resistance and restorative justice.

Imani Perry, T Th 03:00 pm - 04:20 pm

In this course, students will read and analyze the history of social and critical theory produced by women thinkers of the African diaspora from the late 19th-century to the present. Students will explore how race, gender, sexuality, and the political economy shape ethical and social precepts and critique. Key concepts will include freedom, autonomy, embodiment, identity, and sociality.

Dara Z. Strolovitch, T 01:30 pm - 04:20 pm

This course examines intersectionality's roots as a political intervention growing out of and based in movement politics. It begins with early articulations of intersectional perspectives on the part of Black feminists and feminists of color, emphasizing its movement roots. We then examine empirical research about political movements and activism, focusing on scholarship that considers both the potential of and the challenges to movements that try to address the imbrication of racial inequalities with other forms of marginalization and domination, including (but not limited to) heteropatriarchy, capitalism, ableism, and the carceral state.

TBD, W 01:30 pm - 04:20 pm

The term cis white man is a subject position that is at the center of political discord in America. Whiteness and masculinity, once the foundation from which all other subject positions were constructed, has come to stand in for what is wrong with America, or the frame of power that we should return to. As Sara Ahmed points out in her essay, A Phenomenology of Whiteness, the history of the white body is "the body at home." I add masculinity to her formulation to study the formation of white masculinity politically and culturally in an American context where the corporeality of white masculinity is considered the origin story of American life.

Stacy E. Wolf, T 01:30 pm - 04:20 pm

Song. Dance. Man. Woman. These are the basic components of the Broadway musical theatre. How have musical theatre artists, composers, lyricists, librettists, directors, choreographers, and designers worked with these building blocks to create this quintessentially American form of art and entertainment? This course will explore conventional and resistant performances of gender and sexuality in the Broadway musical since the 1940s. Why are musicals structured by love and romance?

Laurence Ralph, M 01:30 pm - 04:20 pm

While diseases are often imagined to be scientific or medical conditions, they are also social constructs. In the 19th century the condition of Dysaesthesia Aethiopis (an ailment that made its sufferers "mischievous") was considered nearly universal among free blacks. Today AIDS and tuberculosis are often associated with personal attributes, while the social forces at work to structure risk for acquiring these illnesses are glossed over. We will examine work from anthropologists, sociologists, historians, queer studies scholars and scientists who work on issues of disability to investigate how people challenge contemporary visions of society.

Anne McCauley, M W 07:30 pm - 08:50 pm

This historical survey considers why photographs of models wearing the latest clothes replaced drawn illustrations starting in the late nineteenth century and how the styles and content of fashion photographs reflect changing camera, lighting, and printing technologies; the structure of the garments themselves; national ideals of beauty and gender presentation; and the economics of publishing and advertising. Topics also include the studio as theatrical space; fashion photography in the developing and non-Western worlds; and the recent expansion of the ethnicities, ages, body types, and gender identities of models in fashion spreads.

Paul Nadal, M W 01:30 pm - 02:50 pm

This course is an introductory survey of the major works and debates in Asian American literature and culture. We will study a variety of genres--novels, short stories, comics, memoirs, films, and science fiction--to examine how writers treat issues of racial and ethnic identity, gender, queerness, history, memory, colonialism, immigration, technology, and war. By placing Asian American subject formation in relationship to social, economic, and intellectual developments, we will explore the potential of Asian American literary texts to deepen our global and historical understanding of Asians in the U.S. and the U.S. in Asia.

Melissa Haynes, T Th 11:00 am - 12:20 pm

This course explores the ideas of sex, sexuality and gender in ancient Greek and Roman literature to better understand how these worked in the social, cultural and political spheres of antiquity. We will analyze the primary literary and material evidence we have for sexuality and gender in Greece and Rome, and survey the modern scholarly approaches to those same texts. Topics will include: interactions between the sexes (courtship, extramarital desire, sex and marriage); same-sex desire and homosociality; the status of women and men in terms of social function, age and religious activity; and transgressions.

Barbara Graziosi, Katerina Stergiopoulou, M 11:00 am - 12:20 pm

Who was Sappho? And what do we make of her today? In this course, students will consider in detail what remains of Sappho's work (including the latest discoveries, published in 2014), and also how her example informs later literatures, arts, identities, and sexualities. Students with no knowledge of ancient Greek and students who already know it well are equally welcome! One session per week will focus on reading and translating original texts with one group, while a parallel session will focus on translations and adaptations through time. One joint session per week will draw perspectives together.

Wendy L. Belcher, W 07:30 pm - 10:20 pm

This course explores the history of gender and sexuality in Africa. By reading an eclectic range of historical sources (including films, novels, and anthropological works) alongside recent secondary literature, students will explore several important questions. How have African cultures, religions, experiences of colonialism, political formations, medicines, and youth, shaped, and been shaped by, understandings of gender and sexuality? What link is there between contemporary LGBTQ activism and African history? Why do debates about Africa often center on issues of gender and sexuality? Is "queer" a meaningful method for African studies?

Netta C. Yerushalmy, T 01:30 pm - 04:20 pm

This hybrid studio/seminar course progresses in two tracks: one of embodied movement practices and the other of theoretico-historical critique. The canon of modern dance--arguably an American trajectory--is the source material for our interdisciplinary work. We will mimic and examine landmark choreographies in order to explore foundational tenets of modern art and modernity at large. Ableism and nihilism, sovereignty and sexuality, race and gender, are some of the themes that we will face along the path of analyzing the work of Martha Graham, Alvin Ailey, Bob Fosse, Merce Cunningham, George Balanchine, and Vaclav Nijinsky.

Erin Y. Huang, W 01:30 pm - 04:20 pm

This course examines "dangerous bodies" - bodies that transgress existing gender and racial norms in Chinese and Sinophone cultures. Situated at the intersection of literary, film, performance, gender and ethnic studies, this course provides an introduction to the shifting social meanings of the body in relation to historical masculinity, femininity, and Chineseness. We examine different cross-dressed figures, ranging from Mulan, cross-dressed male opera singer, WWII Japanese/Chinese spy, to experimental queer cinema, in a study that unpacks whether these transgressive bodies represent social change or a tool for restoring traditional norms.

Anne McClintock, W 01:30 pm - 04:20 pm

This course explores the fascination with animals in film, photography and popular culture, engaging critical issues in animal and environmental studies. In the context of global crises of climate change and mass displacement, course themes include the invention of wilderness, national parks, zoos and the prison system; the cult of the pet; vampires, werewolves and liminal creatures; animal communication, emotions and rights; queering nature; race and strategies for environmental justice. How can rethinking animals help us rethink what it means to be human? How can we transform our relations with other species and the planet itself?

Sara S. Poor, Th 01:30 pm - 04:20 pm

Seminar explores constructions of sanctity in texts and objects from the tenth to the fifteenth centuries. Beginning with saintly Queens, working through mystic writings, and ending with popular material culture surrounding vernacular legends and cults, we ask what constitutes holiness in these situations, as well as the relationship of these ideals to medieval understandings of gender: the multivalence of virginity; the gendering of male clergy; the different valuation of ascetic practices in male versus female holy women; the significance of female cross-dressing in proving female sanctity.

Margot Canaday, M W 11:00 am - 11:50 am

This course examines the history of gender and sexuality across the 20th century, with emphasis on both regulation and resistance. Topics include early homosexual subcultures; the commercialization of sex; reproduction and its limitation; sex, gender, and war; cold war sexual containment; the feminist movement; conservative backlash; AIDS politics; same-sex marriage; Hillary; and many others.

Regina Kunzel, T 01:30 pm - 04:20 pm

The prison is a growth industry in the U.S.; it is also a central institution in U.S. political and social life, shaping our experience of race, class, gender, sexuality, citizenship, and political possibility. This course explores the history of incarceration over the course of more than two centuries. It tracks the emergence of the penitentiary in the early national period and investigates mass incarceration of the late 20th century. Topics include the relationship between the penitentiary and slavery; the prisoners' rights movement; Japanese internment; immigration detention; and the privatization and globalization of prisons.

Melissa Buckner Reynolds, T 01:30 pm - 04:20 pm

The ancient Greeks imagined a woman's body ruled by her uterus. Medieval Christians believed in a womb touched by God. Renaissance doctors uncovered the 'secrets' of women through dissection, while early modern states punished unmarried mothers. This course will ask how women's reproductive bodies were sites for the production of medical knowledge, the articulation of state power, and the development of concepts of purity and difference from ancient Greece to 18th-c. Europe. The course will incorporate sources as varied as medieval sculptures of the Madonna, Renaissance medical illustrations, and early modern midwifery licenses.

Daniel L. Trueman, W 01:30 pm - 04:20 pm

Through a series of hands-on labs, we look at a range of topics relevant to how we make and conceive of music, including pitch perception, instrument design, log/linear relationships, spectral analysis, synthesis, resonance, physical modeling, and more.

Satyel Larson, Th 01:30 pm - 04:20 pm

This course explores how feminist thought & activism circulates globally by examining a variety of feminist movements in the Middle East & North Africa. Beginning with modern feminist thought and activism in mid-19th century Syria & Egypt, we'll trace feminist movements in various contemporary contexts, from Morocco, Iran, Turkey, Tunisia, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon & Egypt in the 20th century, to women's participation in the Arab Spring and transnational Islamic movements in the 21st century. We'll map the local and geopolitical discourses that have shaped regional feminisms, and ask how local feminisms are transnational or global.

Joanna Wuest, M W 11:00 am - 11:50 am

This course explores questions of sexuality, gender, and gender identity in U.S. politics and the law from the late-nineteenth to the twenty-first century. Some of the topics that we will cover include: anti-discrimination policies, same-sex marriage, free speech and religious rights, sex/gender ID markers, sex offender registries, the administrative regulation of sex, and the relationships among race, gender, and sexuality. In examining how sexuality and gender are categorized and contested in the law, we will pay close attention to the changing political historical context in which these developments occur.

Shaun E. Marmon, W 01:30 pm - 04:20 pm

This seminar explores the ways in which complex gendered identities have been articulated, challenged, and lived in Muslim societies, past and present. Topics include: gender and "gender trouble" in Classical Islamic thought; intersexed and trans identities; same-sex relationships; colonial and post-colonial gendered discourses; being Muslim and LGBTQ; gendered Western responses to Muslim refugees and migrants. We will address these topics through close reading of primary texts in translation, critical readings of modern scholarship, as well as in explorations of literature, art and media from the Muslim world.

Shaun E. Marmon, M 01:30 pm - 04:20 pm

What were/are the representations of gender and sexuality in Muslim societies in the past and present? Is there one Islam or Islams? What are the domestic, ritual, economic, and political roles that Muslim women have played/play? What about the body, sex and "gender trouble"? What can we learn about the daily lives of Muslim women in past/present? How have modern Muslim women challenged gender roles and male religious authority? Material include: Qur'an, legal texts, medieval and modern literature; newspapers; letters; films; novels; internet sites. Guest speakers. No prior background in Islam or Gender Studies required.

Nicole D. Legnani, T 01:30 pm - 04:20 pm

Studies a variety of texts (poetry, comedia, mystery play, letters) written by the most celebrated female Hispanic writer of the seventeenth century, widely considered to be the first feminist of the American hemisphere. Discussions include: rhetoric and feminism; Sor Juana's literary forbearers; freedom and repression in the convent; correspondence with other writers in the viceroyalties of New Spain and Peru; performances of gender and sexuality in colonial Mexico. Sessions to view and analyze first editions of Sor Juana's works of the Legaspi collection will be held at the Rare Books and Special Collections in Firestone.

Javier E. Guerrero, Th 01:30 pm - 04:20 pm

The figure of the drag king has been practically absent from Latinx American critical analysis. Taking what we call "spectacular masculinity" as our starting point, a hyperbolic masculinity that without warning usurps the space of privilege granted to the masculinity of men, this course revises the staging of spectacular masculinities as a possibility of generating a crisis in heterosexism. We will highlight notable antecedents of the contemporary DK show, and study the hegemonic masculinity and its exceptional models through a critical technology that turns up the volume on its dramatization and its prosthetic/cosmetic conditions.

Brian E. Herrera, M 01:30 pm - 04:20 pm

This course offers a practice-based overview of theater-making in the twenty-first century through an intensive study of contemporary Latinx dramatists, companies, and movements in the United States. Through weekly readings, discussions and independent research/writing exercises, the seminar will investigate the cultural, artistic, social and political interventions of twenty-first century US Latinx drama.

Regina Kunzel, T TH 11:00 am - 12:20 pm

This course introduces major concepts in the interdisciplinary field of gender and sexuality studies. It engages questions such as: What does it mean to be a woman or a man? Or neither? How do gender and sexuality emerge from networks of power and social relations? And how are they entangled with, and aid in the co-constitution, of other axes of identity such as class, race, ability? We will analyze the relation between gender, sexuality, and power -- as objects of study and lived experiences-in literary, philosophical, political, and medical discourses.

Lynda G. Dodd, M 01:30 pm - 04:20 pm

This seminar explores how women's rights activists, lawyers, and legal scholars have considered legal institutions and law to be arenas and resources for transforming women's lives and gender norms, identities, and roles. The readings will address core controversies in feminist legal scholarship and practice since the 1970s, including the meaning of equality, the Equal Rights Amendment, the public-private split, workplace practices, family and other relationships, sexual harassment, reproductive freedom, gender identity and sexual orientation, and the intersections of sex, gender, race, and class.

Brian E. Herrera, M 11:00 am - 12:20 pm

This course offers an intensive survey of gender crossings on the American musical theater stage. The course's study of American musicals (in terms of form, content and context) will be anchored in a historical exploration of world theatrical traditions of cross-gender performance. The course will examine multiple modes of cross-gender performance, while also considering musicals that stage gender role reversals and those that open questions of gender expression and identity.

Dara Z. Strolovitch, W 01:30 pm - 04:20 pm

This course examines the ways in which gender and sexuality shape and are shaped by U.S. politics and public policy, emphasizing intersections with other categories, identities, and forms of marginalization including race, ethnicity, class, ideology, and partisan identification. We examine the history, approaches, and controversies in research about gender and sexuality in U.S. politics from a range of theoretical and methodological approaches. We also explore feminist, queer, and intersectional theories and methodologies, related work from other disciplines, and research that does not fit neatly into traditional disciplinary categories.

Judith Hamera, Th 01:30 pm - 04:20 pm

The fat body operates at the conjuncture of political economy, beauty standards, and health. This seminar asks, How does this "f-word" discipline and regulate bodies in /as public? What is the "ideal" American public body and who gets to occupy that position? How are complex personhood, expressivity, health, and citizenship contested cultural and political economic projects? We will examine the changing history, aesthetics, politics, and meanings of fatness using dance, performance, memoirs, and media texts as case studies. Intersectional dimensions of the fat body are central to the course. No previous performance experience necessary.

Anne Cheng, T Th 10:00 am - 10:50 am

What does a minor and shallow category like "cuteness" have to do with the abject histories of race and gender? This course offers an introduction to key terms in Asian American Studies through the lens of the seemingly insatiable American appetite for "Asian cuteness." How do we reconcile this desire with the long history of anti-Asian sentiments in this country? Why aren't other races "cute"? We will explore cuteness as racial and gendered embodiment, commodity, globalization, aesthetics, affect, and politics. Above all, we explore the implications of understanding race as a style.

Elizabeth Harman, M W 03:00 pm - 04:20 pm

An examination of the moral principles governing love and sex. Questions to be addressed include: Do we ever owe it to someone to love him or her? Do we owe different things to those we love? Do we owe it to a loved one to believe better of him than our evidence warrants? What is consent, and why is it morally significant? Is sex between consenting adults always permissible, and if not, why not? Are there good reasons for prohibiting prostitution and pornography? Everyone has opinions about these matters. The aim of the course is to subject those opinions to scrutiny.

Joshua H. Billings, T Th 01:30 pm - 02:20 pm

An introduction to the classical myths in their cultural context and in their wider application to human concerns (such as creation, sex and gender, identity, transformation, and death). The course will offer a who's who of the ancient imaginative world, study the main ancient sources of well known stories, and introduce modern approaches to analyzing myths.

Jhumpa Lahiri, W 01:30 pm - 03:50 pm

This interdisciplinary seminar will focus on Leonora Carrington. Students will be asked to respond to Carrington's oeuvre both critically and creatively, writing essays, responses, and imaginative texts inspired by a close reading of Carrington's idiosyncratic fiction and by studying her prints, drawings and paintings, which are part of the Princeton Art Museum's permanent collection. Knowledge of French and/or Spanish is recommended but not required, as we will also look at some of Carrington's writing in the original languages of composition, and consider questions linguistic migration and experimentation.

Judith Hamera, T 01:30 pm - 04:20 pm

Bharatanatyam, butoh, hip hop, and salsa are some of the dances that will have us travel from temples and courtyards to clubs, streets, and stages around the world. Through studio sessions, readings and viewings, field research, and discussions, this seminar will introduce students to dance across cultures with special attention to issues of migration, cultural appropriation, gender and sexuality, and spiritual and religious expression. Students will also learn basic elements of participant observation research. Guest artists will teach different dance forms. No prior dance experience is necessary.

Natalie V. Prizel, Th 01:30 pm - 04:20 pm

Disability theorist Tobin Siebers explains, "aesthetics track the emotions that some bodies feel in the presence of other bodies." In this course, we will consider if the definition is sufficient by exploring how nineteenth-century artists and writers, and particularly those involved in the Pre-Raphaelite and Aestheticism movements, thought about and transmitted aesthetic values, particularly as such values were expressed in embodied forms.

Elizabeth A. Wilson, T 09:00 am - 11:50 am

What happens when we deconstruct a text or an identity? This course in an introduction to deconstruction and its implications for feminist and queer readers. The course begins with early texts by Derrida (e.g., Of Grammatology) and examines the hinge terms generated by his deconstructive readings: writing, trace, differance. The course then investigates how this work has been taken up in feminist and queer texts (e.g., Edelman, Johnson, Spivak). Students emerge from this course with proficiency in the logics of deconstruction and an understanding of the influence of deconstruction on feminist and queer theory.

Anne McClintock, W 01:30 pm - 04:20 pm

This course explores the fascination with animals in film, photography and popular culture, engaging critical issues in animal and environmental studies. In the context of global crises of climate change and mass displacement, course themes include the invention of wilderness, national parks, zoos and the prison system; the cult of the pet; vampires, werewolves and liminal creatures; animal communication, emotions and rights; queering nature; race and strategies for environmental justice. How can rethinking animals help us rethink what it means to be human? How can we transform our relations with other species and the planet itself?

Sara S. Poor, M W 01:30 pm - 02:50 pm

A young Arthurian knight loses honor because he enjoys having sex with his wife. The Grail King is wounded near fatally in the genitals while trying to win the "wrong" woman. Young kings dress up and act like women in order to woo their prospective brides. This course will explore what it meant to be men and women in love (with each other or with God) in some of the most spectacular literary works of the German Middle Ages. The larger context for our discussion will be a more nuanced understanding of the history of gender. Readings and discussion primarily in modern German, some readings and discussion in English.

Sara S. Poor, Th 01:30 pm - 04:20 pm

"I fear God if I keep silent, I fear uncomprehending people if I write," wrote Mechthild of Magdeburg (d. 1282) on assuming the role of author, anticipating the words of Sigrid Weigel: "The language of women is [...] not simply a given, nor something to be construed, but rather a movement pursuing a constantly shifting perspective" (1987). Seminar examines the female "I" in a range of German texts. Questions to be considered: What roles have been available? How has gender enabled/constrained humans identifying as women from becoming writers? What challenges the reader of a female voice when the author identifies as a man? See sample list.

TBA, M 01:30 pm - 04:20 pm

This seminar will focus on black women and the roles--voter, organizer, influencer, candidate--they have played and will play in the national conversation and upcoming U.S. presidential election. We will also explore why and how the press can and should better report on the political priorities of this consequential constituency. Students will learn about the roots of the political journey of black women in America, including the pioneering journalists who first wrote on this subject, while acquiring the skills, perspective, and context to cover news at the intersection of race, gender, and politics today.

Melissa Haynes, M W 03:00 pm - 04:20 pm

This course focuses on primary material in Latin to investigate the social attitudes, experiences and lives of women in the late Republic and Imperial periods. We will read and analyze a wide spectrum of sources, including inscriptions, comedy, satire, letters and historiography. In reading widely, we will be able to access women of different socio-economic levels and better understand the ideologies (social, religious, mythical and medical) that shaped their lived experience. The readings have been selected to increase your flexibility with reading Latin across different genres and media.

Donnacha M. Dennehy, Michael Meredith, M 01:30 pm - 04:20 pm

This course examines the role of repetition in music. While undoubtedly there is a concentration on minimalist and post-minimalist music, we also look at examples from the mediaeval period till now, examining its basis as the foundation of variation, and the various emotional and cognitive consequences of repeating material. Examples from other art-forms such as architecture and theatre are also considered. Students are encouraged to write short compositional exercises at times.

Satyel Larson, W 01:30 pm - 04:20 pm

This course explores how feminist thought & activism circulates globally by examining a variety of feminist movements in the Middle East & North Africa. Beginning with modern feminist thought and activism in mid-19th century Syria & Egypt, we'll trace feminist movements in various contemporary contexts, from Morocco, Iran, Turkey, Tunisia, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon & Egypt in the 20th century, to women's participation in the Arab Spring and transnational Islamic movements in the 21st century. We'll map the local and geopolitical discourses that have shaped regional feminisms, and ask how local feminisms are transnational or global.

Satyel Larson, Th 01:30 pm - 04:20 pm

The 21st century has witnessed the explosion of public and scholarly interest in gender in Islamic cultures. Within this context, anthropology has advanced path-breaking approaches in diverse localities from the Middle East to the United States. This course surveys theoretical and ethnographic approaches to the study of women, gender and sexuality in Islamic cultures, focusing on work written in the last decade.

Dara Z. Strolovitch, T 01:30 pm - 04:20 pm

This course examines the ways in which gender and sexuality shape and are shaped by American politics and public policy, focusing in particular on the ways in which gender and sexuality intersect with other politically relevant categories, identities, and forms of marginalization, such as race, ethnicity, class, ideology, and partisan identification.

Shaun E. Marmon, W 01:30 pm - 04:20 pm

This seminar explores the diverse ways in which sex and gender were and are constructed in Muslim societies. Topics include: gender binary, masculinities and femininities, same sex love, intersexed people, eunuchs, cross dressers, and gender reassignment. Readings in translation will be included, as well as primary texts in Arabic for students who are studying Arabic.

Fauzia Farooqui, T Th 11:00 am - 12:20 pm

This course surveys ideas regarding gender and sexuality at various points in the cultural history of South Asia and how these ideas have shaped women's and men's lives and experiences in the society. We examine how different communities pushed against gender norms and cultural expectations using different ideologies and strategies resulting in a diverse range of feminist projects in South Asia. The course explores ideas about gender, sexuality, and feminism in various domains of South Asian life. Apart from reading scholarship on relevant topics, we analyze primary textual sources, such as religious texts, literary genres, and folklore.

Aisha M. Beliso-De Jesús, W 01:30 pm - 04:20 pm

This course will explore witchcraft and rituality in the Americas through accusations and identity claims. We will look at how witchcraft has been used in colonial and imperial contexts to control, sanction, and extract power from women and marginalized groups in different periods, as well as how people make claims to witchcraft and rituals as a way to thwart domination. Topics include: shamanism in Latin America, the Mexican Inquisition, Afro-Latinx and Caribbean diasporic religious systems, and the contemporary social media ritual activism of "bruja feminisms." Students will be introduced to theories of race, gender, and sexuality.

Brian E. Herrera, Th 01:30 pm - 04:20 pm

Theater artists routinely bend, twist and break all kinds of rules to create the imaginary worlds they bring to life on stage. Why, then, has the American theater so struggled to meaningfully address questions of equity, diversity and inclusion? In this course, we undertake a critical, creative and historical overview of agitation and advocacy by theater artist-activists aiming to transform American theatre-making as both industry and creative practice, as we connect those histories with the practices, structures and events determining the ways diversity is (and is not) a guiding principle of contemporary American theater.

Alfred Bendixen, W 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm

Feminist Futures explores the way in which recent women writers have transformed science fiction into speculative fiction - an innovative literary form capable of introducing and exploring new kinds of feminist and multi-cultural perspectives. These books confront the limitations imposed on women and imagine transformative possibilities for thinking about gender roles and relationships, the body, forms of power, and political and social structures.

Brian Eugenio Herrera, Th 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm

As it approaches its centennial, the Miss America Pageant (1921- ) stands among the most enduring - and enduringly controversial - popular performance traditions of American life and culture. This course offers an intensive, method-based historical overview of how "Miss America" as both idea and event documents the shifting ways gender, sexuality, race and embodiment been comprehended in the United States, even as it also examines the disparate ways the "beauty pageant" as a performance genre has been adopted and adapted by/for communities excluded by the rules of Miss America.
 

Catherine Taylor, M 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm

Science is commonly held to be the objective, empirical pursuit of natural facts about the world. In this course, we will consider an array of theoretical, methodological, and substantive challenges that feminism has posed for this account of science, and for the practice of scientific knowledge production. In the course of this survey, we shall engage a number of key questions such as: is science gendered, racialized, ableist or classist? Does the presence or absence of women (and another marginalized individuals) lead to the production of different kinds of scientific knowledge?

Elizabeth Mitchell Armstrong, W 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm

Reproduction is a basic biological process, as well as a fundamental one for all societies. While the biology of human reproduction is universal across time and place, cultural norms and social institutions powerfully inflect and shape the experience of pregnancy and childbirth in every society. This course investigates the history and sociology of reproduction, focusing on the contemporary United States, but with an eye toward other societies for comparison. How, why, and for whom does birth matter? How do reproductive practices reflect gender, race, and class? The course examines the culture, politics, and economics of reproduction.

Dannelle Gutarra Cordero, T Th 8:30am-9:50am

This course explores the intellectual history of black captivity. We begin by analyzing how black political prisoners have been understood as symbols, while also paying close attention to how scientific racism not only legitimized black captivity, but also modern captivity in general. Students then concentrate on examining the transition from the notion of slave captivity to the premeditated containment of black bodies through criminalization, exploitation, human experimentation, and alienation. Lastly, we address how black social movements have used "captivity" as a trope within discourses of resistance and restorative justice.

Wallace D. Best, W 7:30pm-10:20pm

This course will analyze the narrative accounts of African American women since the nineteenth century. Working from the hypothesis that religious metaphor and symbolism have figured prominently in black women's writing (& writing about black women) across literary genres, we will explore the various ways black women have used their narratives not only to disclose the intimacies of their religious faith, but also to understand and to critique their social context. We will discuss the themes, institutions, and structures that have traditionally shaped black women's experiences, as well as the theologies black women have developed in response.

Reena N. Goldthree, Th 1:30pm-4:20pm

This seminar investigates the historical experiences of women in the Caribbean from the era of European conquest to the late twentieth century. We will examine how shifting conceptions of gender, sexuality, race, class, and the body have shaped understandings of womanhood and women's rights. We will engage a variety of sources - including archival documents, films, newspaper accounts, feminist blogs, music, and literary works - in addition to historical scholarship and theoretical texts. The course will include readings on the Spanish-, English-, and French-speaking Caribbean as well as the Caribbean diaspora.

Imani Perry, T Th 10:00am - 10:50am

Journeying from enslavement and Jim Crow to the post-civil rights era, this course will teach how law and social policy have shaped, constrained, and been resisted by black women's experience and thought. Using a wide breadth of materials including legal scholarship, social science research, visual arts, and literature, we will also develop an understanding of how property, the body, and the structure and interpretation of domestic relations have been frameworks through which black female subjectivity in the United States was and is mediated.

Dara Z. Strolovitch, T 1:30pm - 4:20pm

This course examines intersectionality's roots as a political intervention growing out of & based in movement politics. It begins with early articulations of intersectional perspectives on the part of Black feminists & feminists of color, emphasizing its movement roots. We then examine empirical research about social movements & political activism, focusing on scholarship that considers both the potential of & the challenges to movements that try to address the imbrication of racial inequalities with other forms of marginalization and domination, including (though not limited to) heteropatriarchy, capitalism, ableism, & the carceral state.

Wendy L. Belcher, T 10Am-12:50pm

In this interdisciplinary class, students of race as well as gender, sexuality, disability, etc. read deeply and broadly in academic journals as a way of learning the debates in their fields and placing their scholarship in relationship to them. Students report each week on the trends in the last five years of any journal of their choice, writing up the articles' arguments and debates, while also revising a paper in relationship to those debates and preparing it for publication. This course enables students to leap forward in their scholarly writing through a better understanding of their fields and the significance of their work to them.

Tala Khanmalek, W 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm

How does science fiction challenge "facts" about the biology of race, gender, sexuality and other categories of difference? This seminar explores the ways in which contemporary sci-fi that centers the experiences of marginalized communities reconceptualizes the techniques and technologies of social differentiation. The readings couple a sci-fi text with work by scholars across disciplines who have drawn attention to the reemergence of race as a biological rather than social category in genetics and genomics research.

Carolyn M. Rouse, W 9am - 9:50am

Every culture has norms around speaking and policing speech. This class focuses on what anthropologists call language ideologies and how they legitimate institutional forms such as law, medicine, kinship, and exchange. Rules around language also shape who can speak, how they can speak, and how their speech is received based on identities such as race, gender, sexuality, and/or social status. Students in the course will learn why language is far more than words alone which is why people are able to call out disingenuous speech or BS.
 

Justin D. Perez, M 7:30pm-10:20pm

As we approach the end of the fourth decade of HIV/AIDS, developments in treatment and prevention are transforming what we know about the epidemic. And while the lives of those living with HIV have improved, the ability to access treatment continues to be shaped by gender, sexuality, race, and class. It appears as though studying the epidemic is not just a question of new technologies or resources, but also the conceptual frameworks we use to understand it. Drawing on transnational and intersectional approaches to peoples and communities across the Americas, this course proposes a hemispheric framework for the cultural analysis of AIDS.

Laurence Ralph, Th 1:30pm-4:20pm

While diseases are often imagined to be scientific or medical conditions, they are also social constructs. In the 19th century the condition of Dysaesthesia Aethiopis (an ailment that made its sufferers "mischievous") was considered nearly universal among free blacks. Today AIDS and tuberculosis are often associated with personal attributes, while the social forces at work to structure risk for acquiring these illnesses are glossed over. We will examine work from anthropologists, sociologists, historians, queer studies scholars and scientists who work on issues of disability to investigate how people challenge contemporary visions of society.

Anne McCauley, M W 11:00 am - 12:20 pm

This historical survey considers why photographs of models wearing the latest clothes replaced drawn illustrations starting in the late nineteenth century and how the styles and content of fashion photographs reflect changing camera, lighting, and printing technologies; the structure of the garments themselves; national ideals of beauty and gender presentation; and the economics of publishing and advertising. Topics also include the studio as theatrical space; fashion photography in the developing and non-Western worlds; and the recent expansion of the ethnicities, ages, body types, and gender identities of models in fashion spreads.

Susana Draper, W 01:30 pm - 04:30 pm

This course aims to explore different forms that the question of liberation has taken in writings by women philosophers and poets whose work helped to create cultural and political movements in the U.S. and Latin America. Starting in the 1960s, the course touches upon different philosophical concepts and poetic figures that have shaped the language of women's struggles (intersectionality, black and third world feminism, subalternity and feminist epistemologies, capitalist accumulation and "witch"-hunting, (re)transmission of knowledge).

April Alliston , Th 1:30pm-4:20pm

This year's topic is "Reading Characters: Clarissa in Context." The seminar considers the development of the modern novel during the European Enlightenment as a narrative epistemology of character, through an intensive reading of Richardson's Clarissa. Interpreting this seminal work in the context of contemporary British and European texts and recent criticism and theory helps us observe the relation of literary genres to pervasive ideas of the period surrounding gender and identity politics, probability, sensibility, nationalism, etc.--major trends in Western literary, cultural and intellectual history still resonant today.

Maria A. DiBattista, Deborah Epstein Nord, T 1:30pm - 4:20pm

In this seminar we will read a range of novels by women writers from the early 19th century to the present. What do we mean by the "female literary tradition"? And when/why did we begin to study works by women writers as a separate group and through the lens of gender? How is the "tradition" informed and even challenged by differences in nationality, region, race, class, religion, and sexuality? By 20th and 21st century ideas and realities of globalism? Do we still find the category of woman writer valid and compelling?

Anne Cheng, T Th 10:00am - 10:50am

Food, like books, is the site of our greatest consumption of and most vulnerable encounter with "otherness". This course explores how "taste" informs the ways in which we ingest or dispel racial otherness. Through novels and cinema in American and American multi-ethnic cultural production, we will study how the meeting of food and word inform categories such as race, nationhood, gender, ecology, and family, and class. Topics include: "Transcendental Primitivism," "Modernist Orientalism," "Chocolate Women on the Edge," "Parenting/Consuming," "Ecology and the Humanimal," and more.

Amy Beth Krauss, Th 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm

This seminar explores how reproductive technologies are involved in the government of biological and social life. Through readings in medical anthropology, critical social theory, and science and technology studies we will consider how reproductive technologies (both contraceptive and procreative) shape understandings of the body, personhood, modernity and nature, and how practices of biological reproduction are entangled with the social reproduction of race, class, gender, and ethnicity. Ethnographic studies include hormonal contraception, assisted conception, abortion, sterilization, stem cell science, adoption, and prenatal screening.

Hossein Modarressi, M 1:30pm-4:20pm

This course examines the oulines of Islamic family law in gender issues, sexual ethics, family structure, family planning, marriage and divorce, parenthood, child guardianship and custody, etc. The course starts with a general survey of Islamic legal system: its history and developments, structure and spirit, and the attempts of the Muslim jurists to come to terms with the challenge of time.

Satyel Larson, W 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm

This course explores how feminist thought & activism circulates globally by examining a variety of feminist movements in the Middle East & North Africa. Beginning with modern feminist thought and activism in mid-19th century Syria & Egypt, we'll trace feminist movements in various contemporary contexts, from Morocco, Iran, Turkey, Tunisia, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon & Egypt in the 20th century, to women's participation in the Arab Spring and transnational Islamic movements in the 21st century. We'll map the local and geopolitical discourses that have shaped regional feminisms, and ask how local feminisms are transnational or global.

Satyel Larson, Th 1:30pm-4:20pm

This course approaches the study of secularism from the perspective of gender and sexuality in Islam and the Middle East. We examine the comparative methods of anthropologists and historians and explore theoretical debates around secularization and secularism, focusing on the production of sexual difference in science and medicine, religion, political economy, subjectivity, embodiment, law, politics, state governance, family and kinship. Readings combine texts on the Middle East and Muslim Communities outside the Middle East with theoretical texts on secularism outside of these regions.

Hendrik Lorenz, W 1:30pm-4:20pm

This course will study what Greek thinkers, especially philosophers, said about inequality generally, and in particular about the status and treatment of enslaved people, non-Greeks (the so-called barbarians), and women. We will see that these thinkers, far from unreflectively accepting the status quo, were actively engaging with, challenging, or supporting the ideas that slaves are subhuman and that their enslavement is just; that Greeks are irreconcilably opposed to "barbarians;" and that men are naturally different from, and superior to, women. The last part of the course will briefly turn to the post-Classical reception of these ideas.

Dara Z. Strolovitch, W 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm

This course engages theoretical and empirical work about interest groups and social movements in American politics and policy-making. We examine theories of interest group and social movement formation, maintenance and decline; how interest groups and social movements attempt to influence public policy; the impact of interest groups and social movements; lobbying; the relationships between interest groups and the three branches of the federal government; interest groups, elections, campaign finance, and the effectiveness of interest groups and social movements as agents of democratic representation, particularly for marginalized groups.

Jessica Delgado, T Th 1:30pm-2:20pm

In this course, we will grapple with the many paradoxes in the historical role of "religion" in people's lives and society in colonial Latin America. Subjects will include: religious change; Native American cosmologies; Indigenous Christianities; women and men's daily encounters with church institutions and their participation in devotional culture; historical dynamics of race, gender, and spiritual status; and the changing relationship between the church and state.

Shaun Elizabeth Marmon, M 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm

What were/are the representations of gender and sexuality in Muslim societies in the past and present? Is there one Islam or Islams? What are the domestic, ritual, economic, and political roles that Muslim women have played/play? What about the body, sex and "gender trouble"? What can we learn about the daily lives of Muslim women in past/present? How have modern Muslim women challenged gender roles and male religious authority? Material include: Qur'an, legal texts, medieval and modern literature; newspapers; letters; films; novels; internet sites. Guest speakers. No prior background in Islam or Gender Studies required.

Sanyu A. Mojola, M 1:30pm-4:20pm

This course offers an introduction to theory, perspectives, and empirical research in the Sociology of Gender. The course covers a combination of canonical and contemporary work, consider traditional and current debates, and will include local and global material. This is a reading and writing intensive class.

Aisha M. Beliso-De Jesús, M 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm

Transnational feminist approaches to globalization, race, sexuality, diaspora and nationalisms from Latinx, Black, and Asian American perspectives. Through different methodologies and interdisciplinary approaches to feminism, we will explore issues of women's and LGBTQIA rights, gender equality, globalization, capitalism, and contemporary debates around race and sexuality.

Catherine Clune-Taylor & Tala Khanmalek, MW 11:00 am - 12:20 pm

This course introduces major concepts in the interdisciplinary field of gender and sexuality studies. It engages questions such as: What does it mean to be a woman or a man? Or neither? How do gender and sexuality, those seemingly most personal and private of attributes, emerge from networks of power and social relations? And how are they entangled with, and aid in the co-constitution, of other axes of identity such as class, race, and ability? We will analyze gender as an object of study, and as a lived experience; and the relation between gender, sexuality, and power in literary, philosophical, political and medical discourses.

Anne McClintock, T 01:30 pm - 04:20 pm

Pleasure Power and Profit explores the intimate ways that sexualities and race are entwined in contemporary culture, historically, and in our own lives. Why are questions about sexuality and race some of the most controversial, compelling, yet often taboo issues of our time? Exploring films, popular culture, novels, social media, and theory, we engage themes like: race, gender and empire; fetishism, Barbie, vampires and zombies; sex work and pornography; marriage and monogamy; queer sexualities; and strategies for social empowerment such as: Black Lives Matter, the new campus feminism, and global movements against sexual and gender violence.
 

Dara Z. Strolovitch, T 01:30 pm - 04:20 pm

This course examines the ways in which gender and sexuality shape and are shaped by U.S. politics and public policy, emphasizing intersections with other categories, identities, and forms of marginalization including race, ethnicity, class, ideology, and partisan identification. We examine the history, approaches, and controversies in research about gender and sexuality in U.S. politics from a range of theoretical and methodological approaches. We also explore feminist, queer, and intersectional theories and methodologies, related work from other disciplines, and research that does not fit neatly into traditional disciplinary categories.
 

Josh Lambert, MW 11:00 am - 12:20 pm

For more than a century before #metoo, the histories of sexual repression and liberation in America were already strangely and persistently intertwined with the history of American Jews. This course surveys crucial texts and moments in U.S. literature, law, and culture, exploring the interventions of Jewish writers, lawyers, theorists, and activists in transforming the ways all Americans think about and express their sexuality. Topics addressed will include the roles played by Jews in literary censorship and debates about obscenity, the defense of reproductive rights, the Sexual Revolution, pornography, and the rights of sexual minorities.
 

Paul Nadal, Th 01:30 pm - 04:20 pm

This seminar examines the emergence and transformation of the Asian American family as a social form. We will investigate how US labor demands and legal restrictions on immigration and citizenship militated against the formation of Asian American families, and how paper sons, military wives, refugees, adoptees, and LGBT family experiences eluded norms of kinship. We will also study the significance of the intergenerational trope in Asian American literature, and how writers responded to neoliberalism's remaking of the "Asian" family according to the model minority myth.
 

Barbara Graziosi, T,TH 12:30 pm - 01:20 pm

An introduction to classical myths in their ancient contexts and in their application to wider human concerns (such as the origin of the universe, the place of men and women in it, and the challenges posed by living together in families and larger, political communities). This course will focus on some of the greatest works of ancient literature and art in order to investigate the inherent flexibility and continued relevance of classical myth. It will also consider how the category of 'myth' was defined in antiquity and how it relates to later celebrations of the human imagination.

Lital Levy, Th 1:30 pm - 04:20 pm

What is "passing" and why is it such a persistent obsession of great literature and film? Why does the act of changing one's identity fascinate, excite, and repel us? At once a universal phenomenon and the most intensely personal of experiences, passing is a site where history, culture, law and society collide with individual identity and desire. This course examines narratives from the African-American, Jewish-American, and LGBTQ contexts in order to explore the idea of passing through the lenses of race, ethnicity, and gender. We will consider both the promise and the limits of comparison in working in and between these multiple frames.

Aynsley L. Vandenbroucke, T, TH 02:30 pm - 04:20 pm

In this studio course open to anyone with a body, we will explore power, structure, and human bodies through personal, political, anatomical, kinesthetic, and aesthetic lenses. We will delve into these issues as artists do: by reading, thinking, talking, moving, and making performances, actions, sense, and change. Each day we will literally incorporate what we study by using tools from dance, somatic and creative practices. We will explore what it means to be an engaged intellectual. Readings include contemporary thinkers about race, gender, sexuality, disability, and performance. Students design final creative projects.

Christina A. Leon, T 01:30 pm - 04:20 pm

In this course, we will both read from various trajectories of queer literature and engage what it means to read queerly. We will consider the historical etymology of the term queer and think through its affiliate terms and acronyms: lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans. We will investigate how discourses of power and institutions of normativity have come up against queer bodies, narratives, and politic--and how such encounters are historically situated. As the class reads through texts that range across both region and time, we will pay close attention to the ways in which desire, gender, and sexuality are queerly told.
 

Anne McClintock, W 01:30 pm - 04:20 pm

This course explores the fascination with animals in film, photography and popular culture, engaging critical issues in animal and environmental studies. In the context of global crises of climate change and mass displacement, course themes include the invention of wilderness, national parks, zoos and the prison system; the cult of the pet; vampires, werewolves and liminal creatures; animal communication, emotions and rights; queering nature; race and strategies for environmental justice. How can rethinking animals help us rethink what it means to be human? How can we transform our relations with other species and the planet itself?

Regina Kunzel, W 09:00 am - 11:40 am

A survey of important work in the history of sexuality, seeking to understand sexuality not only as a topic of historical inquiry but as a category of analysis. Seminar focuses on U.S. history (from colonial period to the present), but some readings address contexts outside of the United States, as well as interdisciplinary and/or theoretical approaches to questions of gender/sexuality.

Satyel Larson, Th 01:30 pm - 04:20 pm

This course explores how feminist thought & activism circulates globally by examining a variety of feminist movements in the Middle East & North Africa. Beginning with modern feminist thought and activism in mid-19th century Syria & Egypt, we'll trace feminist movements in various contemporary contexts, from Morocco, Iran, Turkey, Tunisia, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon & Egypt in the 20th century, to women's participation in the Arab Spring and transnational Islamic movements in the 21st century. We'll map the local and geopolitical discourses that have shaped regional feminisms, and ask how local feminisms are transnational or global.

Eve Krakowski, M 01:30 pm - 04:20 pm

The decline of marriage in recent decades is often tied to the decline of religion. But why should marriage, a contractual relationship centered on sex and property, be seen as a religious practice? This seminar considers the varied and surprising ways in which the great monotheistic traditions of the Near East came to connect certain forms of human marriage - or their rejection- to divine devotion, and considers how marriage worked in societies shaped by these traditions. Spanning biblical Israel to the medieval Islamic world, this course will introduce you to the historical study of Near Eastern religions and to the field of family history.

Tali Mendelberg, M 01:30 pm - 04:20 pm

This course examines the intersection of gender and politics in the United States.

Brian E. Herrera, T 01:30 pm - 04:20 pm

As an art form, theater operates in the shared space and time of the present moment while also manifesting imagined worlds untethered by the limits of "real" life. In this course, we undertake a critical, creative and historical survey of the ways contemporary theater-making in the United States - as both industry and creative practice - does (and does not) engage the most urgent concerns of contemporary American society.

Amy M. Herzog, M 01:30 pm - 04:20 pm

This course will approach questions of gender, sexuality, and power in popular media, from early cinema's appeals to middle-class female audiences at the turn of the last century, to the contemporary use of social media by feminist activists of color. Gender, sexuality, and identity will be viewed at the intersections of other biological and social categories, including race, class, orientation, ability, and ethnicity. We will examine the ways in which different media forms can be used to complicate, reinforce, exploit, or challenge those hierarchies.

Gayle Salamon, M, W 10:00 am - 10:50 am

What does it mean to be a woman or a man? Or neither? How do gender and sexuality, those seemingly most personal and private of attributes, emerge from networks of power and social relations? This course introduces major concepts in the interdisciplinary field of gender and sexuality studies. We will analyze the ways in which gender, as an object of study and as a lived experience, intersects with class, race, and ability, and will examine the relation between gender, sexuality and power in literary, philosophical, political and medical discourses.

Catherine Clune-Taylor, M 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm

This seminar is an in-depth exploration of Michel Foucault's work as not only theorist of power, but as theorist of knowledge as well. To this end, we will engage in close readings of selections of Foucault's work from his Archeological and his Genealogical Periods, as well as from his lecture series at the Collége de France. In the course of this survey, we will explore Foucault's account of the historical emergence of biopower as a unique form of power over "life, itself," as well as his critical explorations of the "human sciences," such as human biology, the science of sexuality, and psychiatry, along with other social sciences.

Alfred Bendixen, M W 1:30 pm - 2:50 pm

 

An exploration of the literary works of women writers in the United States with an emphasis on the role gender has played and continues to play in the development of literary movements and genres. Our examination of both canonical and non-canonical writings will focus on the formation of feminist literary conventions in the 19th century and their transformations in the 20th and 21st centuries. Our reading will include romantic tales, ghost stories, realistic stories, novels of immigration, thrillers, works for children, autobiographical mythmaking, poetry, and graphic novels.

Elizabeth M. Armstrong , W 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm

 

Reproduction is a basic biological process, as well as a fundamental one for all societies. While the biology of human reproduction is universal across time and place, cultural norms and social institutions powerfully inflect and shape the experience of pregnancy and childbirth in every society. This course investigates the history and sociology of reproduction, focusing on the contemporary United States, but with an eye toward other societies for comparison. How, why, and for whom does birth matter? How do reproductive practices reflect gender, race, and class? The course examines the culture, politics, and economics of reproduction.

Nijah Cunningham , M W 3:00 pm - 4:20 pm

This course introduces students to major theories and debates within the study of Caribbean literature and culture with a particular focus on the idea of catastrophe. Reading novels and poetry that address the historical loss and injustices that have given shape to the modern Caribbean, we will explore questions of race, gender, and sexuality and pay considerable attention to the figure of the black body caught in the crosscurrents of a catastrophic history. We will analyze how writers and artists attempted to construct alternative images of the future from the histories of slavery and colonialism that haunt the Caribbean and its diasporas.

Reena N. Goldthree , Th 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm

This seminar investigates the historical experiences of women in the Caribbean from the era of European conquest to the late twentieth century. We will examine how shifting conceptions of gender, sexuality, race, class, and the body have shaped understandings of womanhood and women's rights. We will engage a variety of sources - including archival documents, films, newspaper accounts, feminist blogs, music, and literary works - in addition to historical scholarship and theoretical texts. The course will include readings on the Spanish-, English-, and French-speaking Caribbean as well as the Caribbean diaspora.

Wallace D. Best , T 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm

Sexuality has long been a contested and contentious issue within American religions, yet only recently have scholars and practitioners begun to forthrightly address it. This course will explore the emerging literature on sexuality and religion as a way to understand how approaches to sex and sexuality within "sacred spaces" have shaped private behavior and public opinion. We will give particular attention to American Evangelical and Catholic religious expressions for the way they have been especially influential in framing (and inhibiting) sexual discourse and practices in the US and throughout the world.

Tala Khanmalek, T 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm

How does science fiction challenge "facts" about the biology of race, gender, sexuality and other categories of difference? This seminar explores the ways in which contemporary sci-fi that centers the experiences of marginalized communities reconceptualizes the techniques and technologies of social differentiation. The readings couple a sci-fi text with work by scholars across disciplines who have drawn attention to the reemergen

Justin D. Perez, W 7:30 pm - 10:20 pm

The course explores the discursive construction of sexuality through an examination of the field of queer anthropology. To do so, we first ask: How did anthropologists (e.g., Mead, Newton) represent cultural variation of same-sex sexuality and sex/gender systems before the emergence of the language we have today? We then read key queer texts and analyze how they have transformed ethnographic approaches to non-normative sexualities. And finally, we conduct close readings of contemporary queer ethnographies (e.g., Weiss, Plemons). We will be attentiv

Elizabeth Harman , M W 3:00 pm - 4:20 pm

ENROLLMENT BY APPLICATION OR INTERVIEW. DEPARTMENTAL PERMISSION REQUIRED.

An examination of the moral principles governing love and sex. Questions to be addressed include: Do we ever owe it to someone to love him or her? Do we owe different things to those we love? Do we owe it to a loved one to believe better of him than our evidence warrants? What is consent, and why is it morally significant? Is sex between consenting adults always permissible, and if not, why not? Are there good reasons for prohibiting prostitution and pornography? Everyone has opinions about these matters. The aim of the course is to subject those opinions to scrutiny.

Barry J. McCrea , M 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm

Literary plots involving social and erotic ambition, examined in novels from the seventeenth century to the present, as well as in films and other genres. Topics include: social climbing and descent; the marriage plot and queer alternatives to it; ambition and longing as narrative engines; the family and social order; criminals, outlaws, and rivals to the family; social class and selfhood; the relationship between gender, sexuality, and narrative structure.

Lital Levy , Th 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

The expansion of race theory from the Americas into the global scene invites a cross-cultural approach to the fluidity of identity. This seminar investigates fiction and film from the African American, Jewish American, LGBTQ, and Israeli-Palestinian contexts to broadly explore how society constructs and deconstructs race, ethnicity, and gender. It focuses on representations of passing and reverse passing as well as doubled/split identities for a wide-ranging, comparative discussion of the political and the psychological dynamics of identity and selfhood.

Susana Draper , W 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

 

This course aims to explore different forms that the question of liberation has taken in writings by women philosophers and poets whose work helped to create cultural and political movements in the U.S. and Latin America. Starting in the 1960s, the course touches upon different philosophical concepts and poetic figures that have shaped the language of women's struggles (intersectionality, black and third world feminism, subalternity and feminist epistemologies, capitalist accumulation and "witch"-hunting, (re)transmission of knowledge).
 

A.M. Homes , 9:00 am - 10:50 am

ENROLLMENT BY APPLICATION OR INTERVIEW. DEPARTMENTAL PERMISSION REQUIRED.

In traditional workshops content and context come second to craft. Here we will explore writing political fiction, the politics of fiction and writing as political engagement. We'll read widely, from the most realistic depictions of the American political process and the varieties of immigrant experience to the work of afrofuturists and feminists. The personal is the political and our frame will range from the global to the domestic. We will write stories that inhabit experiences other than our own. This course will allow students to make interdisciplinary connections between courses on history, politics and identity and creative writing.

Erin Y. Huang , T 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm

 This course examines "dangerous bodies" - bodies that transgress existing gender and racial norms in Chinese and Sinophone cultures. Situated at the intersection of literary, film, performance, gender and ethnic studies, this course provides an introduction to the shifting social meanings of the body in relation to historical masculinity, femininity, and Chineseness. We examine different cross-dressed figures, ranging from Mulan, cross-dressed male opera singer, WWII Japanese/Chinese spy, to experimental queer cinema, in a study that unpacks whether these transgressive bodies represent social change or a tool for restoring traditional norms.

Michael W. Cadden, Th 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm

A study of English drama from its medieval origins to Restoration comedy, with special attention to major playwrights of the Renaissance (Christopher Marlowe, Ben Jonson, Thomas Middleton, John Webster, John Ford) and the Restoration (William Wycherley, Aphra Behn, Mary Pix). We'll study the theatrical and political conditions that gave rise to this body of dramatic literature and its characteristic thematic obsessions (gender, sexuality, money, power, revenge, magic, wit and theatricality itself), as well as the ways in which the plays are performed today.

Anne McClintock, M 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm

 

This course explores the persistent hauntings of U.S. culture by ghosts, zombies, vampires and liminal creatures. Why did the ancient cult of the paranormal rise up with intensity after 9/11 and haunt our popular cultural forms as well as the continuing "War on Terror"? Exploring films, photographs, literature and popular culture, we engage the ritualistic presence, psychodynamics, social history, and racial and gendered underpinnings of these fascinating hauntings. Themes include: zombies, vampires, the walking dead; the shadows of slavery; return to "Indian Country"; queer sexualities and racial crossings; and environmental ghostscapes.
 

Gayle Salamon, T 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm

 

Whose bodies count as able? Whose lives are seen as livable? Whether stigmatized as an object of pity or hypervalorized as a symbol of heroic overcoming, the disabled body is everywhere in literature and culture. Nearly all of us will experience disability if we live for long enough, yet the presumption of able-bodiedness organizes our lives as subjects and citizens. We will read disability as it is represented in literature, memoir, theory, and law to consider disability as an embodied experience and a social category, paying special attention to how disability emerges from the intersection of natural and built environments.
 

Anne McClintock , W 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm

 

This course explores the current fascination with animals in film, photography and popular culture, engaging central issues in animal and environmental studies. Why has looking become our main way of interacting with animals? How does rethinking animals inspire us to rethink being human? How can we transform our relations with other species and the planet? Course themes include: wilderness, national parks and zoos; the cult of the pet; vampires, werewolves and zombies; animal speech, animal emotions and rights; nature, sexuality and race. Exploring planetary crises such as extinction and climate change, and positive strategies for change.
 

Wendy Warren, Th 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm

 

This seminar covers (some of) the history of women in North America, from the 1600s until the 1960s. It has two central goals: to emphasize the variety of women's experiences that have occurred over four centuries of North American history; and to highlight the centrality of women's history to North American history as a whole. Along the way, we will complicate the category of "women," and come to understand how that category has changed during the period. Understanding the complex history of women in North America is crucial to any larger understanding of the formation and history of the United States - this course will seek to explain why.
 

Elizabeth L. Paluck, M W 11:00 am - 11:50 am

 

When psychologists take contemporary scholarship on gender, ethnic groups, sexuality, and other social categorizations into account, foundational assumptions and practices in psychology begin to shift. -- Eva Magnusson & Jeanne Marecek, 2010
 

Shaun E. Marmon, W 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm

 

Inter-disciplinary seminar makes use of texts in translation including: Qur'an and hadith, legal treatises, documents, letters, popular literature, autobiography, novels and subtitled films. These texts are supplemented by scholarly literature from religious studies, anthropology, history, gender studies, and sociology. Topics include: women in the Qur'an and hadith, sexuality and the body, woman and law, gendered space, marriage and the family, nationalism and feminism, gender and post-colonial societies, women's voices, women and Islamic revivalism. No prior background in gender studies or Islamic studies required.
 

Judith Weisenfeld, W 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm

 

This course explores the dynamics of religion, gender, and power in American religious history, with case studies of women in a variety of traditions. We consider how theologies, religious practices, and institutional structures shape gender systems; women's religious leadership; gender and religious constraint and dissent; race and women's religious experiences; and religion and sexuality. Each student's final digital history project (e.g. podcast, online museum exhibition, Wikipedia page, digital oral history, audio walking tour, digitized primary source) will contribute to a collaborative digital exhibition.
 

Robert L. Phillips , M W 1:30 pm - 2:50 pm

 

How has the nexus of gender, society, and the performing arts been theorized, constructed, and experienced at different times and in different places in South Asian cultures? What have been the impacts of modernity on the performing arts in South Asia? In exploring these and related questions we will draw from music, dance, film, literature, and ethnographic and historical sources as we consider the complexities of social and cultural discourses in relation to gender and the performing arts.
 

Javier E. Guerrero, M W 11:00 am - 12:20 pm

 

Love is the subject of the world's greatest stories. The passions aroused by Helen of Troy brought down a city and made Homer's masterpiece possible, while the foolishness of those in love inspired Shakespeare and Cervantes to create their most memorable characters. Many powerful Latin American and Spanish stories deal with the force and effects of love. In this course, we will study a group of films and literary fictions that focus on different kinds and forms of love. We will pay special attention to the forms of narrative love (quest, courting, adultery, heartbreaking), as well as the translation of love into language, body, and image.
 

Nicole D. Legnani, Th 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm

 

Studies a variety of texts (poetry, comedia, mystery play, letters) written by the most celebrated female Hispanic writer of the seventeenth century, widely considered to be the first feminist of the American hemisphere. Discussions include: rhetoric and feminism; Sor Juana's literary forbearers; freedom and repression in the convent; correspondence with other writers in the viceroyalties of New Spain and Peru; performances of gender and sexuality in colonial Mexico. Sessions to view and analyze first editions of Sor Juana's works of the Legaspi collection will be held at the Rare Books and Special Collections in Firestone.
 

Brian E. Herrera , T 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm

 

Theater artists routinely bend, twist and break all kinds of rules to create the imaginary worlds they bring to life on stage. Why, then, has the American theater so struggled to meaningfully address questions of equity, diversity and inclusion? In this course, we undertake a critical, creative and historical overview of agitation and advocacy by theater artist-activists aiming to transform American theatre-making as both industry and creative practice, as we connect those histories with the practices, structures and events determining the ways diversity is (and is not) a guiding principle of contemporary American theater.
 

Justin Perez, T Th 11:00 am - 12:20 pm

This course provides an interdisciplinary and transnational introduction to the study of LGBTQ lives. We address the historical emergence of LGBTQ identities and survey how these identities are experienced among different communities around the world. Through global case studies, we examine key concepts and debates in the field, including intersectionality, human rights, homonationalism, normativity, and medicalization. We analyze how LGBTQ works as a meaningful social, political, and historical category and the ways class, race, gender, and nationality intersect with and disrupt it.

Catherine Clune-Taylor , W 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm

Science is commonly held to be the objective, empirical pursuit of natural facts about the world. In this course, we will consider an array of theoretical, methodological, and substantive challenges that feminism has posed for this account of science, and for the practice of scientific knowledge production. In the course of this survey, we shall engage a number of key questions such as: is science gendered, racialized, ableist or classist? Does the presence or absence of women (and another marginalized individuals) lead to the production of different kinds of scientific knowledge?

Brian E. Herrera , M W 11:00 am - 12:20 pm

This course offers an intensive survey of gender crossings on the American musical theater stage. The course's study of American musicals (in terms of form, content and context) will be anchored in a historical exploration of world theatrical traditions of cross-gender performance. The course will examine multiple modes of cross-gender performance, while also considering musicals that stage gender role reversals and those that open questions of gender expression and identity.

Anne McClintock , T 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm

Pleasure Power and Profit explores the intimate ways that sexualities and race are entwined in contemporary culture, historically, and in our own lives. Why are questions about sexuality and race some of the most controversial, compelling, yet often taboo issues of our time? Exploring films, popular culture, novels, social media, and theory, we engage themes like: race, gender and empire; fetishism, Barbie, vampires and zombies; sex work and pornography; marriage and monogamy; queer sexualities; and strategies for social empowerment such as: Black Lives Matter, the new campus feminism, and global movements against sexual and gender violence.

Melissa Deem , Th 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm

Our contemporary mediascape is saturated with spectacle and scandal. In this class, we take this observation and examine, not only the logics that undergird these discursive events, but also the intimate connection between media spectacles and scandals and the regulation of non-normative bodies and speech. This class will examine the manner in which non-normative subjects and practices are hyperembodied, surveilled, stigmatized and disciplined through practices that often cast them as outside of a democratic ethos. Spectacles that might be examined include The Women's March, Trigger Warnings, Black Lives Matter, and Travel Bans.

Gayle Salamon , T 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm

One is not born, but becomes, woman. So writes Simone deBeauvoir in her landmark work of feminism, The Second Sex. But how do we become women, anyway? In this course we will read The Second Sex in its entirety, exploring Beauvoir's ideas, along with our current ones, about childhood, coming of age, the family, sexuality, relationships, work, the social order, and the philosophical imaginary. We will read Beauvoir alongside the work of her primary interlocutors as well as contemporary theory, memoir, and fiction considering the question of what it means to become a woman--or not--in contemporary culture.

Joshua H. Billings , T Th 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm

An introduction to the classical myths in their cultural context and in their wider application to human concerns (such as creation, sex and gender, identity, transformation, and death). The course will offer a who's who of the ancient imaginative world, study the main ancient sources of well known stories, and introduce modern approaches to analyzing myths.

Judith Hamera, T 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm

This seminar investigates discourses and politics around the fat body from a performance studies perspective. How does this "f-word" discipline and regulate bodies in /as public? How do dancers reveal these politics with special clarity? How might fat be a liberating counterperformance? We will examine the changing history, aesthetics, politics, and meanings of fatness using dance, performance, and media texts as key case studies. Intersectional dimensions of the fat body are central to the course. Emphasis primarily on the US. Assignments include written work and group performances. No dance experience necessary.

Erika L. Milam , T 9:00 am - 11:50 am

The seminar begins by exploring classic scholarship centered on four historical periods, each posited as important moments in the origin of gendered science: medieval Christianity, the scientific revolution, the professionalization of scientists in the late-19th century, and 20th-century second-wave feminism. We then turn to a series of well-developed analytical tools employed by historians of science and gender, and finally to recent scholarship. In all cases, we will analyze the imbricated processes by which science as a social enterprise has been fundamentally gendered and the implicit gendering of the sciences of sex and sexuality.

Elena Fratto, Tala Khanmalek , T 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm

This seminar explores illness, health, and the body using storytelling as an entry point. Specifically, it examines how science, subjectivity, and social difference—including race, class, gender, and sexuality—are articulated on a global scale. The 1920s construction of the “New Soviet Man” resonates with histories of medical discrimination in the U.S.; early Soviet studies on biomechanics and the body as a machine illuminate current debates around disability and contemporary health disparities; the Russian tradition of the ‘holy fool’ jumpstarts a discussion of neurodiversity. Guest lecturers from across the Sciences and the Humanities, as well as a Theatre of the Oppressed Group, will each teach a class in their own institutional “space.”

Alessandro Giammei , Th 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm

This seminar approaches the two most studied phases of Italian history, the Renaissance and the 20th Century, by placing otherness at the center of the picture rather than at its margins. We will look at pivotal events and phenomena (the rise of Humanism, the rise of fascism, courtly culture, the two World Wars, 16th century art, the avant-garde) from the point of view of non-white, non-Christian, non-heterosexual witnesses, authors, and fictional characters. We will adopt a trans-historical, intersectional, and interdisciplinary perspective: themes will be analyzed at the crossing of the two historical phases and of the three topics in exam.

Professor Catherine Clune-Taylor, M 1:30 PM - 4:20 PM

This course is divided into four units, each unit introducing varieties of feminist engagements with bioethics, key feminist arguments and concerns, as well as contemporary debates both within feminist bioethics and regarding feminist engagement in bioethics. This course will examine the history of bioethics, as feminist critiques of its core principles-most notably autonomy-before moving on to examine debates among feminist bioethicists regarding key issues in the field. These include the importance and value of care; abortion and reproductive rights; the importance of intersectionality to bioethical analyses; and the obesity epidemic.

Professor Tala Khanmalek, Th 1:30 PM - 4:20 PM

What do feminists of color have to say about how the social determinants of health affect our bodies? In this seminar, we will explore the ways in which feminists of color narrate the impact of multiple oppressions on their well/being. The readings begin with an overview of key concepts in women of color and transnational feminisms including but not limited to intersectionality and theory in the flesh, which we will draw on to think about the materiality of difference.

Professor Anne McClintock, TTh 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM

The goal of this course is to help you find your unique, creative voice by writing the body. We devote each class to two things: work-shopping your stories or essays in an intimate, collaborate environment; and engaging some of the most exciting published writers of our time. Themes include: bodies of pleasure, sexualities, race, pain, desire, trauma, memory, bodies in extremity, bodies in transformation, animal bodies, earthly and unearthly. We will come to our senses, opening our eyes and ears to the sensuous world.

Professor Alfred Bendixen, W 1:30 PM - 4:20 PM

An exploration of the graphic memoir focusing on the ways specific works combine visual imagery and language to expand the possibilities of autobiographical narrative. Through our analysis of highly acclaimed graphic memoirs from the American, Franco-Belgian, and Japanese traditions, we analyze the visual and verbal constructions of identity with an emphasis on the representation of gender dynamics and cultural conflict.

Professor Gayle Salamon, T 1:30 PM - 4:20 PM

One is not born, but becomes, woman. So writes Simone deBeauvoir in her landmark work of feminism, The Second Sex. But how do we become women, anyway? In this course we will read The Second Sex in its entirety, exploring Beauvoir's ideas, along with our current ones, about childhood, coming of age, the family, sexuality, relationships, work, the social order, and the philosophical imaginary. We will read Beauvoir alongside the work of her primary interlocutors as well as contemporary theory, memoir, and fiction considering the question of what it means to become a woman--or not--in contemporary culture.

Professor Elizabeth Armstrong, W 1:30 PM - 4:20 PM

Reproduction is a basic biological process, as well as a fundamental one for all societies. While the biology of human reproduction is universal across time and place, cultural norms and social institutions powerfully inflect and shape the experience of pregnancy and childbirth in every society. This course investigates the history and sociology of reproduction, focusing on the contemporary United States, but with an eye toward other societies for comparison. How, why, and for whom does birth matter? How do reproductive practices reflect gender, race, and class? The course examines the culture, politics, and economics of reproduction.

Professor Dara Z. Strolovitch, T 1:30 PM - 4:20 PM

Examines the role of intersectionality roots as a political intervention growing out of and based in movement politics. Begins with early articulations of intersectional perspectives on the part of Black feminists and feminists of colour, emphasizing its movement roots. Examines empirical research about social movements and political activism, focusing on scholarship that considers both the potential of and the challenges to movements that try to address the imbrication of racial inequalities with other forms of marginalization and domination, including (though not limited to) heteropatriarchy, capitalism, abelism, and the carceral state.

Professor Rena S. Lederman, TTH 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM

How do gendered and sexual identities, relationships, and meanings differ and how are they similar across cultural and historical contexts? This course illustrates the uses of fieldwork and other anthropological methods in answering questions about the universality or particularity of gendered experience. We draw on theories about human nature, cultural meaning, and linguistic and social structures, power, and agency to understand representations of maleness, femaleness, and other sexed/gendered distinctions, to explore how such representations are made and remade, and to relate them to other kinds of social difference and inequality.

Professor Karen R. Emmerich, M 1:30 PM - 4:20 PM

Translation is a marginalized literary activity; the work of female translators, and of international female writers, is underrepresented in the current publishing market. At the same time, fictive representations of translators, and particularly female translators, abound. This course examines the gendered politics of invisibility that informs popular discourse surrounding translation. We will read primarily works of fiction by women, translated by women, and/or about a female translator. The course thus enacts its own politics of selection, upending gendered statistics regarding whose work we read, and how.

Professor Susana Draper, W 1:30 PM - 4:20 PM

This course explores the question of liberation in writings by women philosophers and poets whose work helped to create cultural and political movements in the U.S. and Latin America. Starting in the 60s, we will study a poetics and politics of liberation, paying special attention to the role played by language and imagination when ideas translate onto social movements related to abolition, education, care, and the commons. Readings include Angela Davis, Gloria Anzaldúa, Silvia Federici, Diamela Eltit, Audre Lorde, Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui, Gayatri Spivak, Zapatistas, among others.

Professor Ksenia Chizhova, T 1:30 PM - 4:20 PM

Over the course of history Korean women assumed a variety of roles that reflected the specific cultural, social, and political realities of their lives. While the organization of this course is more topic-oriented and not strictly chronological, we will cover the period that spans from the seventeenth century to the 1930s. Focusing our attention on such aspects of women's lives as family roles, literacy, work, sexuality, and activities in the public space, we will look into the circumstances that allowed women to become queens, courtesans, nuns, modern girls, writers, and workers in different historical contexts.

Professor Alfred Bendixen, MW 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM

How do American writers represent diverse and fluid identities in the new millennium? How does the literary imagination engage new views of sexuality and gender, respond to political and personal violence, and confront racial, social, and economic injustice? This course explores these questions in recent works by Adichie, Alexie, Bechdel, Morrison, and others.

Professor Gayle Salamon, W 1:30 PM - 4:20 PM

In this course, we will read extensively in the interdisciplinary field of queer theory, from its emergence two decades ago to its present-day articulations. We will explore what is meant by "queer," what relation it may or may not have to "homosexuality" and "gay" and lesbian," and what challenges it poses to a politics of identity. We will also interrogate the category of "theory" itself--what it is, what it does, and what kinds of literary or historical interventions it can perform. Particular attention will be paid to the queering and de-queering of public space.

Professor Christy N. Wampole, W 1:30 PM - 4:20 PM

Comparative readings of canonical theoretical feminist texts in 20th-century France and the U.S., including texts by Beauvoir, Butler, Hooks, Cixous, Kristeva, Lorde, Irigaray, Harraway, Condé, Le Guin, Preciado, Wittig, and Tiqqun. Some topics addressed: first- through fourth-wave feminism, pornography, Riot Grrrl, the veil/burqa/burkini in the public space, the Dominique Strauss-Kahn incident, Femen, abortion, fashion and beauty, race and social class, sexual violence and the campus, French parity laws, street harassment, maternity politics, political correctness, queer politics, ecofeminism. Graduate students encouraged to enroll.

Professor Amy B. Krauss, TH 1:30 PM - 4:20 PM

This course explores how gender is integral to constructions of health and illness. How do techniques of knowledge production in law, biomedicine, and public health rely on and invent ideas about gender difference? How is gender embodied in individual and collective experiences of suffering and affliction? How are such bodily experiences cross-cut by other conditions of social life, such as; culture, race, class, ethnicity, nationality and migration? The course combines readings in anthropology, literature, women’s and gender studies, and critical theory to explore these questions in the contemporary context of the United States.

Professor Regina Kunzel, T 1:30 PM - 4:20 PM

The prison is a growth industry in the U.S.; it is also a central institution in U.S. political and social life, shaping our experience of race, class, gender, sexuality, citizenship, and political possibility. This course explores the history of incarceration over the course of more than two centuries. It tracks the emergence of the penitentiary in the early national period and investigates mass incarceration of the late 20th century. Topics include the relationship between the penitentiary and slavery; the prisoners' rights movement; Japanese internment; immigration detention; and the privatization and globalization of prisons.

Professor Adrian Lopez-Denis, W 1:30 PM - 4:20 PM

The Cuban revolution has been one of the most radical sociopolitical experiments of the past century. Comparing historiographical accounts with the recollections of individuals involved in the actual events, this course investigates the impact of the revolutionary process on the complex interplays between race, gender and sexuality. Participants are encouraged to chronicle how their own personal understanding of these interplays is illuminated, confirmed or challenged by their research. We will travel to Havana, Cuba during the spring break to conduct further onsite research.

Professor Satyel Larson, W 1:30 PM - 4:20 PM

This course explores how feminist thought & activism circulates globally by examining a variety of feminist movements in the Middle East & North Africa. Beginning with modern feminist thought and activism in mid-19th century Syria & Egypt, we'll trace feminist movements in various contemporary contexts, from Morocco, Iran, Turkey, Tunisia, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon & Egypt in the 20th century, to women's participation in the Arab Spring and transnational Islamic movements in the 21st century. We'll map the local and geopolitical discourses that have shaped regional feminisms, and ask how local feminisms are transnational or global.

Professor Satyel Larson, TH 1:30 PM - 4:20 PM

The 21st century has witnessed the explosion of public and scholarly interest in gender in Islamic cultures. Within this context, anthropology has advanced path-breaking approaches in diverse localities from the Middle East to the United States. This course surveys theoretical and ethnographic approaches to the study of women, gender and sexuality in Islamic cultures, focusing on work written in the last decade.

Professor Dara Z. Strolovitch, W 1:30 PM - 4:20 PM

This course examines the ways in which gender and sexuality shape and are shaped by American politics and public policy, focusing in particular on the ways in which gender and sexuality intersect with other politically relevant categories, identities, and forms of marginalization, such as race, ethnicity, class, and ideological and partisan identification.

Professor Jessica Delgado, TTH 1:30 PM - 2:20 PM

An introductory exploration of women's experience of and participation in the Catholic Church and colonial Christianity in Spanish America. Through primary sources, secondary readings, lectures, and discussion, we will look at women's roles in the processes of conquest and colonization; how conversion and religious change affected gender ideologies and gender relations within indigenous communities; women's daily encounters with the church and participation in devotional culture; and the ways women's complex relationships with the colonial church was shaped by race and social status.

Professor Robert L. Phillips, MW 1:30 PM - 2:50 PM

How has the nexus of gender, society, and the performing arts been theorized, constructed, and experienced at different times and in different places in South Asian societies? What have been the impacts of modernity on the performing arts in South Asia? In exploring these and related questions we will draw from music, dance, film, literature, and ethnographic and historical sources as we consider the complexities of social and cultural discourses in relation to the performing arts.

Professor Javier E. Guerrero, TH 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Can the body disobey the limits imposed by the materiality of sex? Is it possible to disorganize the binary opposition without reinforcing its normativity? Can gender have a decisive bearing on bodily materiality? My seminar answers these questions, exploring the work of Latin American artists who aim to defy the norms imposed by the heterosexual imperative. Their own bodies generate a response, which arises from their compulsive need to call attention to their matter. I propose that the possibility of a new body depends on fiction and visuality to enable the deactivation of culture's normalizing categories.

Professor Rebekah A. Rutkoff, TH 1:30 PM - 4:20 PM

This course will be structured around female artists, both contemporary and historical, whose work exists at the crossroads of writing and moving images. These women include Chantal Akerman, Mona Hatoum, Agnes Varda, Zora Neale Hurston, Renata Adler, Kathleen Collins, Virginia Woolf, Lynne Tillman, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Chick Strand, Yvonne Rainer, and Hito Steyerl. Discussions will focus on creative texts drawn from filmic sources, films that function as scenes of writing, and in-class creative workshops - all augmented by visits from practicing women artists. Students will be encouraged to produce multi-media work based on their writing.

Professor Gayle Salamon, MW 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM, M 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM

What does it mean to be a woman or a man? Or neither? How do gender and sexuality, those seemingly most personal and private of attributes, emerge from networks of power and social relations? This course introduces major concepts in the interdisciplinary field of gender and sexuality studies. We will analyze the ways in which gender, as an object of study and as a lived experience, intersects with class, race, and ability, and will examine the relation between gender, sexuality and power in literary, philosophical, political and medical discourses.

Professor Catherine Clune-Taylor, W 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm

This introduction to disability studies draws together the work of feminists and queer theorists with that of historians and clinicians in order to contextualize the field's major theoretical claims. We will take up and critique the oft-made distinction between natural, physical impairment and socially constructed disability, situating it with regards to Michel Foucault's account of biopower, and his controversial claims in Society Must Be Defended regarding "racism against the abnormal."

Professor Anne McClintock , T 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm

Pleasure Power and Profit explores the intimate ways that sexualities and race are entwined in contemporary culture, historically, and in our own lives. Why are questions about sexuality and race some of the most controversial, compelling, yet often taboo issues of our time? Exploring films, popular culture, novels, social media, and theory, we engage themes like: race, gender and empire; fetishism, Barbie, vampires and zombies; sex work and pornography; marriage and monogamy; queer sexualities; and strategies for social empowerment such as: Black Lives Matter, the new campus feminism, and global movements against sexual and gender violence.

Professor Stacy E. Wolf, T 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm

Song. Dance. Man. Woman. These are the basic components of the Broadway musical theatre. How have musical theatre artists, composers, lyricists, librettists, directors, choreographers, and designers worked with these building blocks to create this quintessentially American form of art and entertainment? Why are musicals structured by love and romance? This course will explore conventional and resistant performances of gender and sexuality in the Broadway musical since the 1940s.

Professor Melissa Deem , Th 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm

Our contemporary mediascape is saturated with spectacle and scandal. In this class, we take this observation and examine, not only the logics that undergird these discursive events, but also the intimate connection between media spectacles and scandals and the regulation of non-normative bodies and speech. This class will examine the manner in which non-normative subjects and practices are hyperembodied, surveilled, stigmatized and disciplined through practices that often cast them as outside of a democratic ethos. Spectacles that might be examined include Gamergate, Trigger Warnings, Black Lives Matter, Civility, and Campus Sexual Assault.

Professor Dara Z. Strolovitch, T 1:30 PM - 4:20 PM

This course examines the ways in which gender and sexuality shape and are shaped by U.S. politics and public policy, emphasizing intersections with other categories, identities, and forms of marginalization including race, ethnicity, class, ideology, and partisan identification. We examine the history, approaches, and controversies in research about gender and sexuality in U.S. politics from a range of theoretical and methodological approaches. We also explore feminist, queer, and intersectional theories and methodologies, related work from other disciplines, and research that does not fit neatly into traditional disciplinary categories.

Professor Imani Perry, W 1:30 PM - 4:20 PM

This special topics course will focus on artists and intellectuals whose corpus reflects and illuminates 20th century African American life. Lorraine Hansberry, the first African American female playwright to have a play open on Broadway, explored a series of critical themes in her work, including: race, migration, colonialism, gender and social class. In addition to having a distinguished career as a playwright, Hansberry was an activist and advocate for gender and racial justice. Students will study her published and unpublished plays, essays and poetry, as well as relevant social and cultural history and literary criticism.

Professor Wallace D. Best , W 1:30 PM - 4:20 PM

The course examines the crucial relationship between sexuality and American religion, particularly in Catholic and Protestant Christian traditions. We focus particularly on the way in which religiously informed notions of sex and sexuality have touched every area of American life, including popular culture, politics, and the law. Lastly, we interrogate issues of sexual policing, sexual freedom, race and sexuality ("the closet" and "down low" performance and practice), the limits of desire, Christian ethics, homosexuality, and the politics of sexuality.

Tala Khanmalek, M 1:30 PM - 4:20 PM

In this course we will trace the intersecting discourses of race, nation, and disease throughout US history. We will examine various "living laboratories" or sites of state-sanctioned medical experimentation on populations such as Asian American, African American and Latinx, deemed to harbor disease. In doing so, we will consider the ways in which science has shaped the meaning of race as well as other categories of social difference.

Professor Brooke A. Holmes, TTh 1:30 PM - 2:20 PM

An introduction to the classical myths in their cultural context and in their wider application to human concerns (such as creation, sex and gender, identity, transformation, and death). The course will offer a who's who of the ancient imaginative world, study the main ancient sources of well known stories, and introduce modern approaches to analyzing myths.

Professor Ayako Kano , T 1:30 PM - 4:20 PM

This course focuses on representations of gender and sexuality in East Asia, including theatrical traditions and their cinematic adaptations, documentary films, short fiction, graphic novels, animation, and music videos. It will introduce students to fundamental texts in sexuality and gender studies, to the contours of East Asian culture, and to the challenges of orientalist perspectives. Sexuality and performance will be examined within the context of cultural, political, and economic exchange. We will also consider the ways in which our knowledge of the lives of people in East Asia is constructed and constrained. Freshmen are welcome.

Professor April Alliston , W 1:30 PM - 4:20 PM

Open to graduate and undergraduate students interested in understanding the origins of the modern novel, this seminar examines the profound historical, theoretical and formal connections between the development of pornography as a distinct category of representation and the development of the novel as a literary genre during the Enlightenment. We will also explore the continuing resonances of those connections today. Readings in current criticism, history and theory of the novel and pornography will accompany primary readings.

Professor A.M. Homes , T 9:00 AM - 10:50 AM

In traditional workshops content and context come second to craft. Here we will explore writing political fiction, the politics of fiction and writing as political engagement. We'll read widely, from the most realistic depictions of the American political process and the varieties of immigrant experience to the work of afrofuturists and feminists. The personal is the political and our frame will range from the global to the domestic. We will write stories that inhabit experiences other than our own. This course will allow students to make interdisciplinary connections between courses on history, politics and identity and creative writing.

Professor Judith Hamera , Th 1:30 PM - 4:20 PM

This seminar investigates discourses and politics around the fat body from a performance studies perspective. How does this "f-word" discipline and regulate bodies in /as public? How do dancers reveal these politics with special clarity? How might fat be a liberating counterperformance? We will examine the changing history, aesthetics, politics, and meanings of fatness using dance, performance, and media texts as key case studies. Intersectional dimensions of the fat body are central to the course. Emphasis primarily on the US. Assignments include written work and group performances. No dance experience necessary.

Professor Anne McClintock , W 1:30 PM - 4:20 PM

This course explores the current fascination with animals in film, photography and popular culture, engaging central issues in animal and environmental studies. Why has looking become our main way of interacting with animals? How does rethinking animals inspire us to rethink being human? How can we transform our relations with other species and the planet? Course themes include: wilderness, national parks and zoos; the cult of the pet; vampires, werewolves and zombies; animal speech, animal emotions and rights; nature, sexuality and race. Exploring planetary crises such as extinction and climate change, and positive strategies for change.

Professor Melissa Deem, Th 1:30 PM - 4:20 PM

Young women have come to occupy a highly contested and visible place within the popular circulation of feminism. Recently, former Secretary of State Madeline Albright chastised young women concerning their "debt" to Hillary Clinton and an earlier generation of women/feminists. Young women of the Millennial Generation are seen as both rejecting feminism and as among the generation with more feminists than any that preceded it. Are there more young women feminists than ever before? Is feminism only for those who identify as female? What is feminism to you? How does your understanding of feminism fit within the various manifestations of gender politics today as well as the recent history of feminism? Does it even make sense to mark feminism as generational? Is feminism anachronistic? Popular understandings of the place of feminism within our recent history are often informed through the delectable images of television shows such as "Mad Men" or the liberal politics of Gloria Steinem. The dominant media images of feminism privilege an understanding of feminism as generational, always female, middle class, and white, while obscuring the multiplicity of practices and identities that have circulated under the sign of feminism. In this seminar, we will read contemporary media texts (blogs, documentaries) and feminist writing as well as texts produced during the movement generally called Second Wave Feminism in the late 1960s and 1970s. We will look at the concerns these texts articulate, the demands they make, and what is not in the texts. In this manner, the course attempts to expand the field of reference for what constitutes the recent history of feminism.

Professor Satyel Larson, T 1:30 PM - 4:20 PM

This course provides a broad-ranging survey of the study of women and gender in the Middle East and North Africa. Its aim is two-fold: to introduce beginners to the main concepts and themes of scholarly research in the humanities and social sciences during the last century, focusing on women and gender in regions where there are significant Muslim communities; and, to examine how human beings in a variety of historical and cultural contexts in the Middle East and North Africa experience or have experienced gender - what it means to be or become a man or a woman, and the power relations that inhere in gender as a social institution.

Professor Satyel Larson , Th 1:30 PM - 4:20 PM

There is growing interest today in bioethics and how human beings form ethical subjectivities during embodied life-crisis events such as pregnancy, birth, illness and death. This course examines how various Muslim communities use their cultural and textual heritages to respond to the challenges of new technologies and biomedicine in questions related to the beginnings of life. We will consider how Muslims cultivate ethical subjectivities in increasingly global localities, and the gender politics of reproduction and fertility.

Professor Keiko T. Brynildsen , MW 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM

Gender is a topic with which everybody feels intimately familiar. Indeed, people hold strong beliefs about how women and men are similar to and different from each other and about why gender differences exist. This course holds those beliefs up to scientific scrutiny, examining major theories and empirical findings in psychological research on gender. Topics include empirical comparisons of men and women, gender stereotypes and their perpetuation, and the role of gender and gendered beliefs in interpersonal relationships and physical and psychological well-being.

Professor Shaun E. Marmon , T 1:30 PM - 4:20 PM

Topics include: Women and the Law; Women and Sexuality; Gender and Seclusion; Women and Modernity; Gender and Post-Colonial Societies; Women's Voices; Women and Film; Politics of Women's Bodies; Women and Modern Islamic Revivalism. No prior background in Islam or Gender Studies required. Readings from fields of history, religious studies, anthropology, sociology and politics. Weekly primary sources in translation include: religious texts, popular literature, court records, letters, novels, poetry, autobiography, newspapers and films with subtitles.

Professor Jessica Delgado , W 1:30 PM - 4:20 PM

This seminar explores scholarship on the history of religion, gender, and sexuality in Latin America, focusing primarily on the mainland colonial period (1492-1821), but including some pre-colonial and the nineteenth century material. Through historical studies, primary documents, and discussion, students will consider connections between religious beliefs, spiritual and sexual practices, gendered social relations, and the ways race, class, and gender intersected with ideas about moral and social order in the period under study. We will also think critically about how scholars have portrayed these subjects.

Gayle M. Salamon, MW 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM

What does it mean to be a woman or a man? Or neither? How do gender and sexuality, those seemingly most personal and private of attributes, emerge from networks of power and social relations? This course introduces major concepts in the interdisciplinary field of gender and sexuality studies. We will analyze the ways in which gender, as an object of study and as a lived experience, intersects with class, race, and ability, and will examine the relation between gender, sexuality and power in literary, philosophical, political and medical discourses.

Debbie Bazarsky, W 1:30 PM- 4:20 PM

Queer Sexualities is an interdisciplinary course, which intertwines the study of human sexuality from scientific and public health perspectives with queer academic writing about sexual orientation and gender. Through the lenses of human sexuality theory, social science and medical perspectives, biological and sexual functioning, and LGBT history and subcultures, this course will explore the many ways in which queer sexualities, identities, and relationships are constructed, expressed, and regulated.

Regina Kunzel, T 1:30 PM - 4:20 PM

This course introduces students to new scholarship on the history of the body and the shifting political and cultural contests over understandings of the "natural" or "normal" body. Through readings in gender and sexuality studies, history, and disability studies, as well as autobiography, film, and other primary sources, we will explore changes in the ways in which human bodies have been conceived and represented, and will consider the work of historians and cultural theorists who move further to historicize the lived experience of the human body.

Melissa Deem, Th 1:30 PM- 4:20 PM

Our contemporary mediascape is saturated with spectacle and scandal. In this class, we take this observation and examine, not only the logics that undergird these discursive events, but also the intimate connection between media spectacles and scandals and the regulation of non-normative bodies and speech. This class will examine the manner in which non-normative subjects and practices are hyperembodied, surveilled, stigmatized and disciplined through practices that often cast them as outside of a democratic ethos. Spectacles that might be examined include Gamergate, Trigger Warnings, Black Lives Matter, Civility, and Campus Sexual Assault.

Professor Gayle M. Salamon , M 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm

One is not born, but becomes, woman. So writes Simone deBeauvoir in her landmark work of feminism, The Second Sex. But how do we become women, anyway? In this course we will read The Second Sex in its entirety, exploring Beauvoir's ideas, along with our current ones, about childhood, coming of age, the family, sexuality, relationships, work, the social order, and the philosophical imaginary. We will read Beauvoir alongside the work of her primary interlocutors as well as contemporary theory, memoir, and fiction considering the question of what it means to become a woman--or not--in contemporary culture.

Professor Nijah Cunningham, TTh 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM

This course introduces students to major theories and debates within the study of Caribbean literature and culture with a particular focus on the idea of catastrophe. Reading novels and poetry that address the historical loss and injustices that have given shape to the modern Caribbean, we will explore questions of race, gender, and sexuality and pay considerable attention to the figure of the black body caught in the crosscurrents of a catastrophic history. We will analyze how writers and artists attempted to construct alternative images of the future from the histories of slavery and colonialism that haunt the Caribbean and its diasporas.

Professor Brian E. Herrera, M W 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM

This course examines enactments of youthful masculinity in U.S. popular performance with a particular eye toward accounts of variant or queer boyhoods. As we scrutinize the regimentation and valorization of specific boyish behaviors, we will explore the cultural impact of non-normative youthful masculinities (ie. sissies, tomboys, bois, punks, transguys, etcetera) as we also assess the place of queer boyhoods in American life. Course readings will be historical, literary and theoretical, with play scripts, films, memoirs and literature for young readers functioning as primary objects for the course's analytic project.

Professor Alfred Bendixen, W 1:30 pm-4:20 pm

An exploration of the ways in which gender and crime are intertwined in some of the most significant and popular works of American fiction. Our analysis of the aesthetic, cultural, and psychological dimensions of narratives based on crime and detection will focus on texts by both women and men with an emphasis on the capacity of gender studies to illuminate American crime fiction's recurring concern with questions of race and class, justice and power, violence and victimhood.

Gillian A. Frank, M 1:30 PM - 4:20 PM

Questions of who should have access to abortion, adoption and birth control and who should be allowed to procreate and parent have underpinned major social struggles in the United States and abroad. How the state, medical experts, religious authorities, activists and everyday people have answered these questions has changed substantively over time and differed across and within cultures. This course takes an expansive view of the histories of reproductive politics in order to locate these debates within United States while situating the United States within a broader global conversation over reproductive access and justice.

Professor Melissa Deem, Th 1:30 PM - 4:20 PM

Feminist Media Studies/Media Representations of Feminism considers discourses of feminism that are not usually put in direct conversation. Feminist studies of media are a rich and varied field of inquiry, while feminism itself is a recurring object of media fascination. In public, media stories of feminism circulate as authoritative. Feminist arguments often become public spectacles where the media simultaneously leers at and dismisses feminist speech. In the process, these spectacularly public representations of feminism reduce the multiplicity of feminist positions and voices.

Professor Elizabeth Harman , T Th 1:30 pm - 2:50 pm

An examination of the moral principles governing love and sex. Questions to be addressed include: Do we ever owe it to someone to love him or her? Do we owe different things to those we love? Do we owe it to a loved one to believe better of him than our evidence warrants? What is consent, and why is it morally significant? Is sex between consenting adults always permissible, and if not, why not? Are there good reasons for prohibiting prostitution and pornography? Everyone has opinions about these matters. The aim of the course is to subject those opinions to scrutiny.

, M W 1:30 PM - 2:20 PM

An introduction to the classical myths in their cultural context and in their wider application to human concerns (such as creation, sex and gender, identity, transformation, and death). The course will offer a who's who of the ancient imaginative world, study the main ancient sources of well known stories, and introduce modern approaches to analyzing myths.

Professor Emmanuel C. Bourbouhakis , M W 3:00 PM - 4:20 PM

Why did sex become so prominent in the moral imagination of early Christianity? How did the fate of the soul become so dependent on the sexual discipline of Christians? We will read a wide variety of late antique and early medieval texts which explore, prescribe, and aestheticize physical love and relate its consequences for sin and salvation in later Roman society. The course will emphasize literary as well as social history.

Professor April Alliston , M 7:30 pm - 10:20 pm

Open to graduate and undergraduate students interested in understanding the origins of the modern novel, this seminar examines the profound historical, theoretical and formal connections between the development of pornography as a distinct category of representation and the development of the novel as a literary genre during the Enlightenment. We will also explore the continuing resonances of those connections today. Readings in current criticism, history and theory of the novel and pornography will accompany primary readings.

Professor Everett Y. Zhang , T 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm

This course addresses "sexuality" in relation to public culture and medical practices in contemporary East Asia (China, Japan and Korea). While discussing important theories, this course emphasizes social, cultural and historical contexts of sexual practices, such as China's post-Mao sexual revolution, Japan's emerging new femininity and masculinity, Korean aspiration for love. In showing the construction of normality/abnormality, this course highlights the centrality of sexual desire to one's subjectivity and continuous endeavors for the wellbeing of the population, communities and individuals and for the value of difference.

Professor Everett Y. Zhang , Th 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm

Why the body? This course examines the rise of the notion of the body in anthropology and other fields. Engaging with major theorists of the body, it explores ethnographic advantage of the body as an analytical category of human existence, compared to notions of subject, agency, self and so on. It introduces a balanced perspective between bodily experience and social construction of the body by various forces (religious rituals, legal regulations, scientific knowledge, political protocols, medical practices, disciplines, and popular culture), and explores different bodies and the complex relationship between the body and life.

Professor Regina Kunzel & Professor David L. Minto , T 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm

What happens to sexuality--that most intimate of domains--when viewed from beyond the boundedness of the nation state? How, for instance, have sex and erotic desire been implicated in imperial power and international relations? What cross-border circulations have informed the construction and politics of sexual categories? How have sexual subjectivities been linked to diaspora and migration? How has sexual behavior been affected by transnational events, like wars? Topics encountered in our explorations will include prostitution networks, anti-colonial homophobia, sex tourism, AIDS in global perspective, and the cultures of queer expatriates.

Professor Regina Kunzel , W 1:30 PM - 4:20 PM

A survey of important work in the history of sexuality, seeking to understand sexuality not only as a topic of historical inquiry but as a category of analysis. Seminar focuses on U.S. history (from colonial period to the present), but some of the readings address contexts outside of the United States, as well as interdisciplinary and/or theoretical approaches to questions of gender/sexuality.

Professor Rebecca A. Rix, Th 1:30 PM - 4:20 PM

This course explores shifts in the basis of American equality and liberty from sovereign family and corporate franchises, to individual citizenship. Interdisciplinary readings address: household government and corporate society in the nineteenth-century polity; Reconstruction's disruption of this social order and political economy; and its reconstitution by intellectuals, social networks, and constitutional amendments and laws for and against woman suffrage, labor regulation, the social welfare state, public health and education, the income tax, and Prohibition.

Satyel K. Larson , M W 3:00 pm - 4:20 pm

This course provides a broad-ranging survey of the study of women and gender in the Middle East and North Africa. Its aim is two-fold: to introduce beginners to the main concepts and themes of scholarly research in the humanities and social sciences during the last century, focusing on women and gender in regions where there are significant Muslim communities; and, to examine how human beings in a variety of historical and cultural contexts in the Middle East and North Africa experience or have experienced gender - what it means to be or become a man or a woman, and the power relations that inhere in gender as a social institution.

Satyel K. Larson , M W 3:00 pm - 4:20 pm

This course provides a broad-ranging survey of the study of women and gender in the Middle East and North Africa. Its aim is two-fold: to introduce beginners to the main concepts and themes of scholarly research in the humanities and social sciences during the last century, focusing on women and gender in regions where there are significant Muslim communities; and, to examine how human beings in a variety of historical and cultural contexts in the Middle East and North Africa experience or have experienced gender - what it means to be or become a man or a woman, and the power relations that inhere in gender as a social institution.

Professor Sara D. Pursley , T Th 3:00 PM - 4:20 PM

The course will examine the experiences of young people as a lens onto the texture of everyday life in the Middle East, including during the historical upheavals of decolonization, the Arab-Israeli conflict, the 1979 Iranian revolution, the Lebanese Civil War, and the Arab Spring. We will also look at a variety of oppositional youth movements over the past century; political and cultural, secular and Islamic, reformist and revolutionary; to explore questions around generational ruptures and affinities, as well as how these might relate to other affiliations such as those of nation, class, and gender.

Professor Satyel K. Larson, T 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm

There is growing interest today in bioethics and how human beings form ethical subjectivities during embodied life-crisis events such as pregnancy, birth, illness and death. This course examines how various Muslim communities use their cultural and textual heritages to respond to the challenges of new technologies and biomedicine in questions related to the beginnings of life. We will consider how Muslims cultivate ethical subjectivities in increasingly global localities, and the gender politics of reproduction and fertility.

Professor Dara Z. Strolovitch , T 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm

This course engages theoretical and empirical work about interest groups and social movements in American politics and policy-making. We examine theories of interest group and social movement formation, maintenance and decline; how interest groups and social movements attempt to influence public policy; the impact of interest groups and social movements; lobbying; the relationships between interest groups and the three branches of the federal government; interest groups, elections, campaign finance, PACs, and 527s; and the effectiveness of interest groups and social movements as agents of democratic representation.

Professor Keiko T. Brynildsen , M W 11:00 am - 11:50 am

Gender is a topic with which everybody feels intimately familiar. Indeed, people hold strong beliefs about how women and men are similar to and different from each other and about why gender differences exist. This course holds those beliefs up to scientific scrutiny, examining major theories and empirical findings in psychological research on gender. Topics include empirical comparisons of men and women, gender stereotypes and their perpetuation, and the role of gender and gendered beliefs in interpersonal relationships and physical and psychological well-being.

Professor Eric R. Huntington , Th 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm

How does a tradition portray an individual, and how does an individual see themselves within a tradition? From epics of kings to private visionary experiences, the relationship of the individual to the tradition is a central theme of Buddhism. This course examines different conceptions of the individual by looking at numerous examples, including devoted patrons, accomplished masters, and struggling practitioners. Major themes include the structure of early Buddhist society, the roles of women, and autobiography. Topics will be drawn from 2,000 years of literature and artwork from India and Tibet.

Professor Shaun E. Marmon , T 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm

Topics include: Women and the Law; Women and Sexuality; Gender and Seclusion; Women and Modernity; Gender and Post-Colonial Societies; Women's Voices; Women and Film; Politics of Women's Bodies; Women and Modern Islamic Revivalism. No prior background in Islam or Gender Studies required. Readings from fields of history, religious studies, anthropology, sociology and politics. Weekly primary sources in translation include: religious texts, popular literature, court records, letters, novels, poetry, autobiography, newspapers and films with subtitles.

Professor Alejandro Portes , Th 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This six-week course explores selected themes in the field of economic sociology, beginning with classic contributions to its basic theoretical framework and the macro-assumptions that underline the field, and continuing with a review of key explanatory concepts applicable in a variety of contexts and to the analysis of a number of economic topics. Finally, we will examine some "strategic sites" for the application of the sociological lens to economic topics.

Brian E. Herrera , W 1:30 PM - 4:20 PM

This workshop course for actors, directors and scholars rehearses how to play with and against "type" in performance. The course uses scene- and monologue-study to press upon the limits of the conventions of typecasting. Course participants will experiment with cross-gender and cross-cultural casting; mask improvisation; conceptual casting; and performing across age, size, and ability. Throughout, the course engages relevant scholarly literature assessing the transformational act of taking on a role and uses in-class exercises, presentations and performances to press theory into practice (and vice versa).

Professor Heather K. Love, M 1:30 PM - 4:20 PM

This course offers an introduction to the history and philosophy of friendship. We will consider friendship in relation to eros and same-sex desire; as a recurrent trope in literary history; as a mode of political thought; and in relation to questions of representation and truth. We will reflect at length on recent queer rethinkings of friendship as a way of life, and consider the intersection of class, race, and gender in the making of queer communities. In addition, this course will explore the classroom as a space for the rethinking of social relations.

Professor Stacy E. Wolf, T 1:30 PM - 4:20 PM

Song. Dance. Man. Woman. These are the basic components of the Broadway musical theatre. How have musical theatre artists, composers, lyricists, librettists, directors, choreographers, and designers worked with these building blocks to create this quintessentially American form of art and entertainment? Why are musicals structured by love and romance? This course will explore conventional and resistant performances of gender and sexuality in the Broadway musical since the 1940s. PLEASE NOTE: THE COURSE LOCATION is Room 219 in the Lewis Center at 185 Nassau St.

Professor Gayle M. Salamon, T 1:30 PM - 4:20 PM

We will take as our primary text the new translation of Simone deBeauvoir's landmark volume The Second Sex, one of the most significant origin points of current understandings of gender. In our sustained consideration of The Second Sex, we will explore Beauvoir's ideas about the influence of sex and gender on childhood, the family, sexuality, relationships, aging, work, the social order, and the philosophical imaginary. We will also consider contemporary fiction and film alongside that text, taking Beauvoir as our tour guide as we encounter and interpret contemporary representations of gender.

Professor Elizabeth M. Armstrong, W 1:30 PM - 4:20 PM

Reproduction is a basic biological process, as well as a fundamental one for all societies. While the biology of human reproduction is universal across time and place, cultural norms and social institutions powerfully inflect and shape the experience of pregnancy and childbirth in every society. This course investigates the history and sociology of reproduction, focusing on the contemporary United States, but with an eye toward other societies for comparison. How, why, and for whom does birth matter? How do reproductive practices reflect gender, race, and class? The course examines the culture, politics, and economics of reproduction.

Professor Dara Z. Strolovitch, W 1:30 PM - 4:20 PM

This course examines the ways in which gender and sexuality shape and are shaped by U.S. politics and public policy, emphasizing intersections with other categories, identities, and forms of marginalization including race, ethnicity, class, ideology, and partisan identification. We examine the history, approaches, and controversies in research about gender and sexuality in U.S. politics from a range of theoretical and methodological approaches. We also explore feminist, queer, and intersectional theories and methodologies, related work from other disciplines, and research that does not fit neatly into traditional disciplinary categories.

Professor Rena S. Lederman, M W 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM

How do gendered and sexual identities, relationships, and meanings differ and how are they similar across cultural and historical contexts? This course illustrates the uses of fieldwork and other anthropological methods in answering questions about the universality or particularity of gendered experience. We draw on theories about human nature, cultural meaning, and linguistic and social structures, power, and agency to understand representations of maleness, femaleness, and other sexed/gendered distinctions, to explore how such representations are made and remade, and to relate them to other kinds of social difference and inequality.

Professor Emmanuel C. Bourbouhakis , TTh 1:30 PM - 2:50 PM

In this course we will read a selection of stories about a new social and religious figure, the female saint. Translated from medieval Greek, these "Lives" of holy women from the later Roman and Byzantine world combine social realism (wives fleeing brutal husbands, girls escaping prostitution, women disguised as monks in order to gain entry into male preserves) with a Christian idealist piety. We will attempt to understand how such literature evolved and why the figure of the female saint escaping the plight of her gender resonated in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages.

Professor Everett Y. Zhang , Th 1:30 PM - 4:20 PM

This course examines the rise of the notion of the body. Engaging with major theorists of the body, it explores the body as an analytical category of human existence, compared to notions of subject, agency, self and so on. Relying on ethnographies, historical studies and cultural studies in China and beyond, it introduces a balanced perspective between bodily experience and social construction of the body by various forces (religious rituals, legal regulations, scientific knowledge, political protocols, medical practices, disciplines, and popular culture), and explores different bodies and the complex relationship between the body and life.

Staff, T Th 11:00 - 12:20 PM, W 11:00 - 11:50 AM, T 7:30 - 8:20 PM

ENROLLMENT BY APPLICATION OR INTERVIEW. DEPARTMENTAL PERMISSION REQUIRED. This course, designed to capitalize on diverse student backgrounds, will use principles of evolutionary biology and behavioral ecology to examine mating strategies and their effect on social systems. We will draw examples from vertebrates, with an emphasis on group-living mammals, particularly primates and elephants. Topics will include mate selection, ontogeny of sex differences, sexual diversity, social bonds and cooperation, and intersexual conflict.

Professor Sara S. Poor, T Th 3:00 PM - 4:20 PM

A young Arthurian knight loses honor because he enjoys having sex with his wife. The Grail King is wounded near fatally in the genitals while trying to win the "wrong" woman. Young kings dress up and act like women in order to woo their prospective brides. This course will explore what it meant to be men and women in love (with each other or with God) in some of the most spectacular literary works of the German Middle Ages. The larger context for our discussion will be a more nuanced understanding of the history of sexuality. Readings and discussion primarily in modern German, some readings and discussion in English.

Professor David L. Minto, M W 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM

This course explores the role of culture and fantasy in the construction of lesbian, gay, transgender, and other queer individual and group identities over the C20th. What material conditions have allowed queer utopias to be conceived and by whom? In what ways have dominant cultures imposed themselves on queer fantasy lives? How has queer world-making blurred the boundary between the real and the ideal, the social and the imaginary, the personal and the political? Each week we will focus on one or more period texts­--diaries, photos, stories, songs, plays, or films­--analyzing what they evidence about queer imaginations and communities.

Professor Regina Kunzel, T 1:30 PM - 4:20 PM

The prison is a growth industry in the U.S.; it is also a central institution in U.S. political and social life, shaping our experience of race, class, gender, sexuality, citizenship, and political possibility. This course explores the history of incarceration over the course of more than two centuries. It tracks the emergence of the penitentiary in the early national period and investigates mass incarceration of the late 20th century. Topics include the relationship between the penitentiary and slavery; the prisoners' rights movement; Japanese internment; immigration detention; and the privatization and globalization of prisons.

Professor Erika L. Milam, T 9:00 AM - 11:50 AM

The seminar begins by exploring classic scholarship centered on four historical periods, each posited as important moments in the origin of gendered science: medieval Christianity, the scientific revolution, the professionalization of scientists in the late-19th century, and 20th-century second-wave feminism. We then turn to a series of well-developed analytical tools employed by historians of science and gender, and finally to recent scholarship. In all cases, we will analyze the imbricated processes by which science as a social enterprise has been fundamentally gendered and the implicit gendering of the sciences of sex and sexuality.

Professor Sara D. Pursley , T Th 3:00 PM - 4:20 PM

Muslim women's status has been a major concern in discussions of Western interventions in the Middle East, including the US invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. Within the region, gender and sexuality have played a crucial role in nationalist movements and processes of state formation. What is the relation between women's rights, "tradition," and "modernity"? Why does the theme keep arising in debates over secularism and Islam? Are sexual identities linked to imperialism? What is a traditional Islamic family? And do Muslim women really need saving? This seminar will explore scholarly debates on these and other questions across the disciplines.

Professor Dara Z. Strolovitch, T 1:30 PM - 4:20 PM

Examines interest groups and social movements as agents of representation and political change in U.S. politics and policy. Uses primary and secondary sources to explore a broad range of organizations and movements, emphasizing ones representing marginalized groups such as women, people of color, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, and low-income people. Considers issues including the impact of interest groups and social movements; the intersections among movements' agendas, identities, and participants; and the relationships between movements and more conventional forms of politics such as elections, parties, and institutions.

Professor Robert L. Phillips, T Th 1:30 PM - 2:50 PM

How has the nexus of gender, the performing arts, and aesthetics been theorized, constructed, and experienced at different times and in different places in South Asian societies? What roles have courtesans and courtesan cultures played in artistic and performance traditions in South Asia? In exploring these and related questions we will draw from music, dance, film, literature, and ethnographic and historical sources as we consider the complexities of social and cultural discourses in relation to the performing arts.

Professor Ana M. Goldani, M W 3:30 PM - 4:20 PM

This course examines gender as an integral component of socio-economic development in the United States and areas of Latin America. We give attention to processes of industrial restructuring on a global scale that have increased the participation of women in the labor force and transformed men's employment alternatives. The relationship between gender inequality and social order is a central focus. We give special attention to liberal and Marxian approaches in economics.

Gayle M. Salamon, MW 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM

What does it mean to be a woman or a man? Or neither? How do gender and sexuality, those seemingly most personal and private of attributes, emerge from networks of power and social relations? This course introduces major concepts in the interdisciplinary field of gender and sexuality studies. We will analyze the ways in which gender, as an object of study and as a lived experience, intersects with class, race, and ability, and will examine the relation between gender, sexuality and power in literary, philosophical, political and medical discourses.

Regina Kunzel, TTH 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM

This course introduces students to new scholarship on the history of the body and the shifting political and cultural contests over understandings of the "natural" or "normal" body.

Melissa Deem, Th 1:30 PM - 4:20 PM

Feminist Media Studies/Media Representations of Feminism considers discourses of feminism that are not usually put in direct conversation. Feminist studies of media are a rich and varied field of inquiry, while feminism itself is a recurring object of media fascination. In public, media stories of feminism circulate as authoritative. Feminist arguments often become public spectacles where the media simultaneously leers at and dismisses feminist speech. In the process, these spectacularly public representations of feminism reduce the multiplicity of feminist positions and voices.

Heather K. Love, T 1:30 PM - 4:20 PM

This course explores the paradox of producing positive knowledge in the absence of or in opposition to disciplinary dictates about what counts as knowledge. We consider queer and feminist studies alongside other anti-disciplinary formations.

Imani Perry, Th 1:30 PM - 4:20 PM

Explores the life-writing of American, African, and Asian women in the fashion industry as a launching point for thinking about race, gender, and class. How do ethnicity and femininity intersect? How are authenticity and difference commodified? How do women construct identities through narrative and negotiate their relationships to their bodies, families, and nations? This course will include guest lectures by fashion editors and models; discussions of contemporary television programs, global fashion, and cultural studies; and student self-narratives about their relationships with cultural standards of beauty, whether vexed or not.

John W. Borneman, M 1:30 PM - 4:20 PM

What is revolutionary change today? Present discontents have been attributed to heightened inequality and worker exploitation, expanded global trade and permeable national borders, increased circulation of ideas through new media, and the undermining of forms of traditional authority. Revolutionary programs (e.g., as led by Marx, Lenin, Mao) exist as social projects of political and sexual emancipation, but they tend not to be informed by theories of ritual and everyday culture. In this course we will consider these theories as we explore revolutionary impulses from the Arab Spring, Ukraine, and the 1960's Americas.

Melissa Haynes, M W 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM

An introduction to the classical myths in their cultural context and in their wider application to human concerns (such as creation, sex and gender, identity, transformation, and death). The course will offer a who's who of the ancient imaginative world, study the main ancient sources of well known stories, and introduce modern approaches to analyzing myths.

Froma I. Zeitlin, M 1:30 PM - 4:20 PM

This course examines the gendered experiences of childhood & adolescence under the Nazis in World War II as witnessed, remembered, and represented in texts and images through a variety of genres and different nationalities. We include historical studies, diaries, testimonies, memoirs, fiction (semi-autobiographical or otherwise), photos, and film (documentary & feature) of 1st and 2d generations. While we focus on the fate of Jewish youth, who were deliberate targets of genocidal policy, not just unintended victims, we will also attend to others in the occupied countries. In final projects, students may elect to study other theaters of war.

April Alliston, W 7:30 PM - 10:20 PM

Open to graduate and undergraduate students interested in understanding the origins of the modern novel, this seminar examines the profound historical, theoretical and formal connections between the development of pornography as a distinct category of representation and the development of the novel as a literary genre during the Enlightenment. We will also explore the continuing resonances of those connections today. Readings in current criticism, history and theory of the novel and pornography will accompany primary readings.

Deborah E. Nord, MW 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM

The course will survey a range of novels by women writers from the early 19th century to the present. How is the "tradition" transformed by post-WW II globalism, the geography and politics of empire, by differences in nationality, class, religion, and sexuality?

Gayle M. Salamon, M 1:30 PM - 4:20 PM

In this course, we will read extensively in the interdisciplinary field of queer theory, from its emergence two decades ago to its present-day articulations. We will explore what is meant by "queer," what relation it may or may not have to "homosexuality" and "gay" and lesbian," and what challenges it poses to a politics of identity. We will also interrogate the category of "theory" itself--what it is, what it does, and what kinds of literary or historical interventions it can perform. Particular attention will be paid to the queering and de-queering of public space.

Margot Canaday, MW 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM

This course examines the history of gender and sexuality across the 20th century, with emphasis on both regulation and resistance. Topics include early homosexual subcultures; the commercialization of sex; reproduction and its limitation; sex, gender, and war; cold war sexual containment; the feminist movement; conservative backlash; AIDS politics; same-sex marriage; Hillary; and many others.

Nancy W. Malkiel, T 1:30 PM - 4:20 PM

The history of women in American higher education from the early 19th to the late 20th century, focusing on the founding and evolution of leading women's colleges; the early experience of coeducation; the formation of coordinate colleges for women; and the wave of coeducation that swept over colleges and universities beginning in 1969. We'll study the adoption of coeducation at previously single-sex institutions (e.g. Princeton, Yale, Dartmouth, Amherst, Vassar, Oxford, Cambridge) and investigate the experience of women's colleges that remained single-sex. We'll assess the results of coeducation and the continuing case for women's colleges.

Regina Kunzel, T 1:30 PM - 4:20 PM

A survey of important work in the history of sexuality, seeking to understand sexuality not only as a topic of historical inquiry but as a category of analysis. Seminar focuses on U.S. history (from colonial period to the present), but some of the readings address contexts outside of the United States, as well as interdisciplinary and/or theoretical approaches to questions of gender/sexuality.

Sara D. Pursley, TTH 3:00 PM - 4:20 PM

The 2011 Arab Spring, often framed as a "youth revolution," has fueled new interest in Middle East youth movements. Through the study of youth, we'll explore the texture of everyday life in the region during some of the core political upheavals of the past century, such as decolonization, the Arab-Israeli conflict, the 1979 Iranian Revolution, the Lebanese Civil War and the 2011 uprisings. This focus opens onto pressing questions of the modern era related to the family, gender and sexuality; religious and secular approaches to self-formation; notions of progress, change and revolution; and experiences of war, dislocation and migration.

Tali Mendelberg, T 1:30 PM - 4:20 PM

This course examines the intersection of gender and politics in the United States.

Keiko T. Brynildsen, MW 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM

Gender is a topic with which everybody feels intimately familiar. Indeed, people hold strong beliefs about how women and men are similar to and different from each other and about why gender differences exist. This course holds those beliefs up to scientific scrutiny, examining major theories and empirical findings in psychological research on gender. Topics include empirical comparisons of men and women, gender stereotypes and their perpetuation, and the role of gender and gendered beliefs in interpersonal relationships and physical and psychological well-being.

Shaun E. Marmon, Th 1:30 PM - 4:20 PM

This seminar focuses on issues of gender and sexuality in Islamic societies, past and present. Readings are drawn from the fields of history, religious studies, anthropology and sociology. Readings also include a wide range of texts in translation, including novels and poetry. Films are an integral part of the course. Topics include: women's lives; women's writings; female piety; marriage and divorce; sexuality and the body; and women and Islamic fundamentalism.

Viviana A. Zelizer, W 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Introduction to a gendered analysis of economic processes and institutions. Course investigates when, why, and in what ways gender shapes production, consumption, distribution, and transfer of assets. After a general discussion of gender theories, it surveys how gender works in a variety of settings and activities, such as labor markets, intimate economies, and caring labor. We end with an overview of strategies aimed at reducing gendered economic inequalities. Overall, the course attempts to strengthen intellectual bridges between economic sociology and gender scholarship.

Professor Melissa Deem, Th 1:30 PM - 4:20 PM

Feminist media studies are a rich field of inquiry, while feminism is a recurring object of media fascination. Media stories of feminism circulate as authoritative. Feminist arguments often become public spectacles where the media leers at and dismisses feminist speech. These spectacularly public representations reduce the multiplicity of feminist positions and voices.

Professor Tey Meadow, M 1:30 PM - 4:20 PM

Is there a particularly "queer" way to be a world citizen? Does a queer perspective mitigate for certain forms of social, interpersonal or political action? Is a university education necessary, or even useful, for these endeavors? Does academic queer theory have any relevance to "real-world" LGBTQ activism? In this course, students will examine the connections and disconnects between academic work in gender and sexuality studies and the ways feminist and LGBTQ politics are imagined and lived within contemporary activist communities.

Professor Gayle M. Salamon, T 1:30 PM - 4:20 PM

We will take as our primary text the new translation of Simone deBeauvoir's landmark volume The Second Sex, one of the most significant origin points of current understandings of gender. In our sustained consideration of The Second Sex, we will explore Beauvoir's ideas about the influence of sex and gender on childhood, the family, sexuality, relationships, aging, work, the social order, and the philosophical imaginary. We will also consider contemporary fiction and film alongside that text, taking Beauvoir as our tour guide as we encounter and interpret contemporary representations of gender.

Professor Elizabeth M. Armstrong, W 1:30 PM - 4:20 PM

Reproduction is a basic biological process, as well as a fundamental one for all societies. While the biology of human reproduction is universal across time and place, cultural norms and social institutions powerfully inflect and shape the experience of pregnancy and childbirth in every society. This course investigates the history and sociology of reproduction, focusing on the contemporary United States, but with an eye toward other societies for comparison. How, why, and for whom does birth matter? How do reproductive practices reflect gender, race, and class? The course examines the culture, politics, and economics of reproduction.

Professor Anne Cheng, TTh 10:00 AM - 10:50 PM

What does a minute and shallow category like "cuteness" have to do with a serious subject like race? This course offers an introduction to key terms in Asian American Studies through the lens of the seemingly insatiable American appetite for "Asian cuteness." How do we reconcile this craving with the history of anti-Asian sentiments in this country? Are other races or racial styles cute? If not, why not? We will explore cuteness as commodity, globalization, aesthetics, affect, and politics. Above all, we want to understand the relationship between race and style.

Professor Karen Y. Jackson-Weaver, W 1:30 PM - 4:20 PM

This course examines issues related to gender, race, and class as substructures which shape the leadership of women in modern America. One of the focuses of the course will be to critique meanings of leadership particularly as we study the meaning of freedom in American society within the context of the civil rights and women's movements. Drawing upon a myriad of primary sources including speeches, autobiographical accounts, newspapers, television and film programs, we will highlight how several contemporary American historiographies situate women as activists versus leaders and the significance of this projection.

Professor Blair R. Costelloe, TTh 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM

This course, designed to capitalize on diverse student backgrounds, will use principles of evolutionary biology and behavioral ecology to examine mating strategies and their effect on social systems. We will draw examples from vertebrates, with an emphasis on group-living mammals, particularly primates and elephants. Topics will include mate selection, ontogeny of sex differences, sexual diversity, social bonds and cooperation, and intersexual conflict.

Professor Deborah E. Nord, Th 1:30 PM - 4:20 PM

This course will consider the demands, opportunities, and constraints of the marriage plot in nineteenth-century fiction. We will read early and late novels by Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, and George Eliot with an eye to the evolution of the plot of courtship and marriage in the literary careers of each. How does each novelist deploy and yet rebel against literary and sexual convention? What kinds of experiments and departures from tradition does each novelist attempt in her later works and especially in what turns out to be her final novel?

Professor Margot Canaday, TTh 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM

This course examines the history of gender and sexuality across the 20th century, with emphasis on both regulation and resistance. Topics include early homosexual subcultures; the commercialization of sex; reproduction and its limitation; sex, gender, and war; cold war sexual containment; the feminist movement; conservative backlash; AIDS politics; same-sex marriage; Hillary; and many others.

Professor Rebecca A. Rix, W 1:30 PM - 4:20 PM

This course explores shifts in the basis of American equality and liberty from sovereign family and corporate franchises, to individual citizenship. Interdisciplinary readings address: household government and corporate society in the nineteenth-century polity; Reconstruction's disruption of this social order and political economy; and its reconstitution by intellectuals, social networks, and constitutional amendments and laws for and against woman suffrage, labor regulation, the social welfare state, public health and education, the income tax, and Prohibition.

Professor Tali Mendelberg, T 1:30 PM - 4:20 PM

This course examines the intersection of gender and politics in the United States.

Professor AnneMarie Luijendijk, TTh 1:30 PM - 2:50 PM

In this course we explore early Christian women as preachers, prophets, martyrs, mothers, and virgins. You will develop sophisticated reading skills by studying and interpreting a wide variety of early Christian texts and evidence from the material world (frescoes, papyrus letters). We meet, among others, Chloe, Jesus' mother Mary, Mary Magdalene, Thecla, and Perpetua and Felicitas. Questions we will investigate are: How did male Christian authors view the position of women in their communities? What can we extract historically about women? How do ancient debates relate to contemporary issues on gender and religion?

Professor Shaun E. Marmon, Th 1:30 PM - 4:20 PM

This seminar focuses on issues of gender and sexuality in Islamic societies, past and present. Readings are drawn from the fields of history, religious studies, anthropology and sociology. Readings also include a wide range of texts in translation, including novels and poetry. Films are an integral part of the course. Topics include: women's lives; women's writings; female piety; marriage and divorce; sexuality and the body; and women and Islamic fundamentalism.

Professor Moulie Vidas, W 1:30 PM - 4:20 PM

Contemporary discussions about sexuality are filled with Jewish and Christian texts from antiquity. Quotations from the Bible and its ancient interpretations are continuously used to make claims about sexual behavior and sexual desire. Yet these texts themselves come from a very different world, with values, facts and passions of its own. This course examines the classical Jewish and Christian texts on sexuality within their own ancient historical context. Throughout the course, we will emphasize the diversity of positions in antiquity and the broad cultural conversations in which these positions were staked.

Professor Ana M. Goldani, MW 7:30 PM - 8:50 PM

This course examines gender as an integral component of socio-economic development in the United States and areas of Latin America. We give attention to processes of industrial restructuring on a global scale that have increased the participation of women in the labor force and transformed men's employment alternatives. The relationship between gender inequality and social order is a central focus. We give special attention to liberal and Marxian approaches in economics.

Professor Larissa Brewer-García, MW 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM

This course focuses on representations of women's bodies and sexualities in early Latin American writings. In doing so, we will study the body through a variety of lenses: the anatomical body as a site of construction of sexual difference, the witch's body as a site of sexual excess, the mystic's body as a double of the possessed body, the tortured body as a site of knowledge production, and the racialized bodies of New World women as sites to govern sexuality, spirituality, labor, and property in the reaches of the Spanish Empire.