Gender_Across_Cultures_syllabus - Mukti Lakhi Cultural...

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Mukti Lakhi Cultural Studies: Gender Across Cultures in Fiction and Film 1105 FWS TR 2:55 – 4:10 LNC 117 LAKHI, MUKTI Instructor: Mukti Lakhi ( [email protected] ) Office Hours: Knight Institute Course Description: Do sexual and gender identity shift according to different races, cultures and times? How do 'everyday' ideas about sex, gender and sexuality become normalized in different societies? We will use cross-cultural comparisons to explore issues of gender and sexual stereotyping, such as the idea that females are more emotionally sensitive than males or that certain sexual orientations are more 'natural' than others. We will consider the effect such ideas have on daily life, as well as the ways in which such ideas are either enforced or disrupted. We will be exploring these questions through a wide range of literary texts and films including Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre with Jean Rhys,' Wide Sargasso Sea and Brokeback Mountain. About this Section: What is it that makes you who you are? Is it your chromosomes, your anatomy, the way you dress, the type of work that you do, or your personal and sexual relationships? Understanding gender and the way it works is central to the understanding of society and culture. Gender influences all our relationships, personal and professional, local, national and international. It is reflected in media representations and in all our social institutions. This course aims to familiarize you with the field of Gender Studies across a range of different themes. You will encounter a number of ways in which sex, gender and sexuality have been, and can be, understood. Cross cultural masculinities and femininities and the ways in which these interact with other markers of difference such as ‘race’ and sexuality will be a primary focus of the course. Required Texts: All are available in the campus bookstore. William Shakespeare, Taming of the Shrew , The New Folger Library. Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire, Penguin Classics. Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Yellow Wallpaper, Dover Thrift Edition Fatima Mernissi, Dreams of Trespass, Basic Books Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House , Filiquarian Jean Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea, Norton *Other course readings and excerpts will be made available via Blackboard, in .pdf format. Viewings: 1
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Mukti Lakhi Ang Lee, Brokeback Mountain Deepa Mehta, Fire You will be expected to come to every scheduled viewing. If you cannot make it to a screening, you should email me in advance, and will be responsible for finding a copy of the film yourself. Grading: Most grading in the course will be done on a letter grade system. C range work means: Minimally acceptable work, demonstrating *a minor command of the primary text(s), indicating basic knowledge and understanding *a basic ability to organise, analyse, develop and express ideas and arguments B range work means: Good work, conscientiously demonstrating *a secure command of the primary text(s), indicating some knowledge and understanding, and often supported by quotations from and/or references to the text(s)
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