WOMENSTD 314 - Gender and Sexuality Studies in Literature
Section: 002 What is Transgender Literature?
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Women's Studies (WOMENSTD)
Department: LSA Women's Studies
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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Contemporary culture isn't sure how to deal with trans people. Are trans people threats to society? Postmodern gender-hackers? Something in between? Just as unstable as the concept of gender, it seems, is the idea of “literature”: do novels cause moral corruption, or ethical empathy? Should students in the United States all read The Great Gatsby, or is lesbian graphic novel Fun Home an acceptable substitute? For that matter, do comic books count as literature? What about video games?

Through a diverse set of readings from novels to video games, this class will ask you to jump headfirst into the conceptual problems of both “transgender” and “literature." By working through these questions, you will develop the ability to examine gender, sexuality, race, and empire through close literary analysis and interpersonal dialogue. You will be expected to think both generously and critically about culture and identity. All students, regardless of background, are encouraged to enroll.

Assignments will include a creative project (in any genre, no previous skill or experience required), reading responses, and a final project to be determined by the student with the permission of the instructor.

WOMENSTD 314 - Gender and Sexuality Studies in Literature
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002 (LEC)
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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