GERMAN 732 - Cultural and Historical Analysis
Section: 001 Feminist/Gender Theory and German Culture
Term: WN 2019
Subject: German (GERMAN)
Department: LSA Germanic Languages & Literatures
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In this seminar we will take Judith Butler's Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity as our point of departure. In the first weeks, we will undertake a genealogical exercise. That is, we will read texts that informed Butler's rethinking of feminist theory and identity in terms of performativity. These texts include, for instance, Joan Riviere's "Womanliness as a masquerade" (1929), volume I of Foucault's History of Sexuality as well as texts by Freud and Lacan. The middle section of the seminar will be devoted to authors critical of Butler's performative gender theory. For instance, we will read excerpts from Toril Moi's Cavell-inspired essays What is a Woman? And other essays (1999) together with essays from her recent Revolution of the Ordinary: Literary studies after Wittgenstein, Austin, and Cavell (2017). We will also read the classic texts on intersectionality. The last third of the seminar will focus on post-Butlerian queer theorists and queer historians. Here we will read Jack Halberstam and Jose Esteban Munoz. Throughout the semester we will pair these theoretical readings with literary texts by German-language authors.

GERMAN 732 - Cultural and Historical Analysis
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001 (SEM)
W 2:00PM - 5:00PM
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