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Social Issues in Gender and Sexuality SWMS 210 Rm MRF 340 TTH 2-3:30 Professor Halberstam Office hrs: M 1:00-3:00 pm Description: This course is designed to introduce some of the major debates about gender and sexuality within the field of critical gender studies. We will be considering the relations between the history of sexuality and the politics of gender. We will read some primary texts in gender theory, and in the study of sexuality, desire, and embodiment. This course also provides an introduction to the interdisciplinary examination of human sexual and erotic desires, orientations, and identities. We will study how desires are constructed, how they vary and remain the same in different places and times, and how they interact with other social and cultural phenomena such as government, family, popular culture, scientific inquiry, and, especially, race and class. Books: Abby L. Ferber, Kimberly Holcomb, Tre Wentlin, Gender and Sexuality: The New Basics, An Anthology (Oxford, UK: Oxford UP, 2009). ISBN: 978-0195332896 Sigmund Freud, Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality (1909) (New York, NY: Basic Books, 2000) ISBN: 978-0465097081 Susan Bordo, Unbearable Weight : Feminism, Western Culture and the Body (Berkeley and LA: UC Press, 2004). ISBN: 978-0520240544 Suzanne Kessler, Lessons from the Intersexed (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers UP, 1998). ISBN:978-0813525303 . George L. Mosse, The Image of Man: The Creation of Modern Masculinity (Chicago, IL: Univ of Chicago Press, 1996). ISBN: 978-0226041391 Films: Little Children (2006) directed by Todd Field Everything You Wanted To Know About Sex… (1972) directed by Woody A XXY (2007) directed by Lucia Puenzo Pumping Iron 1 (1977) directed by George Butler Set It Off (1996) directed by F. Gary Gray Thelma and Louise (1991) directed by Ridley Scott Bread and Roses (2002) directed by Ken Loach Paper Dolls (2006) directed by Tomer Heymann
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Essays (on Blackboard): 1. Thomas Laqueur, "Of Language and the Flesh" in Making Sex: Body and Gender from the Greeks to Freud (Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 1990), 3-24. 2. Michel Foucault, "We 'Other Victorians'" and "The Repressive Hypothesis" in The History of Sexuality, Volume I: An Introduction, trans. Robert Hurley (New York: Vintage, 1980), 3-13, 17-49. 3. Gayle Rubin, “Thinking Sex: Notes for a Radical Theory of the Politics of Sexuality” in Pleasure and Danger: Exploring Female Sexuality , ed. Carol Vance (Boston: Routledge, 1984), 267- 319. 4.
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