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within their historical and cultural context; becoming conversant with a range of research methodologies, in both the Humanities and the Social Sciences Intersectionality: analyzing gender as it intersects with other categories of difference, including sexuality, race, ethnicity, class, nation, and religionInterdisciplinarity: building knowledge about gender from multiple fields of study; understanding feminist theoretical frameworks and methodologies in relationship to established disciplinesREQUIRED TEXTSBOOKS (ORDER ONLINE OR AT USC BOOKSTORE):BUTLER, Judith. UNDOING GENDER. CONBOY, Katie, et. al. WRITING ON THE BODY: FEMALE EMBODIMENT AND FEMINIST THEORY.CORNELL, Drucilla. FEMINISM & PORNOGRAPHY.FOUCAULT, Michel. THE HISTORY OF SEXUALITY, VOL. INICHOLSON, Linda. THE SECOND WAVE: A READER IN FEMINIST THEORY.FURTHER READING SUGGESTIONS ONLY/ BIBLIOGRAPHY:GROSZ, Elizabeth. VOLATILE BODIES.IRIGARAY, Luce. THIS SEX WHICH IS NOT ONE. LEWIS, Reina and Sara Mills. FEMINIST POSTCOLONIAL THEORY: A READER. MAHMOOD, Saba. THE POLITICS OF PIETY: THE ISLAMIC REVIVAL AND THE FEMINIST SUBJECT(Princeton, NJ: Princeton UP, 2005) MUNOZ, Jose. DISIDENTIFICATIONS: QUEERS OF COLOR AND THE PERFORMANCE OF POLITICS.NELSON, Maggie. ARGONAUTS.TAYEB, Fatima. EUROPEAN OTHERS: QUEERING ETHNICITY IN POSTNATIONAL EUROPE(U of Minnesota Press, 2011)Course requirements and assignments1.Lecture & Section Participation (20% of grade): Please note that this grade is not for attendance, but for active participation in both the largeclass as well as in your section.I will conduct this class as if it were a seminar. To that end, you are expected to come to each class prepared to engage in lively discussion and debate of each day’sassigned readings. To receive an A for participation, you will need to speak at least once in every class (lecture and section).You are encouraged to keep a journal of questions as you do theassigned readings each week to assist with your class participation. In this class we will address personal and political issues, often of a highly sensitive and controversial nature. As a result, it is best to imagine this not as a class, but as a communityin which we will slowly build trust as well as a nuanced vocabulary around gender and sexuality in 2
order to maximize potentials for respectful exchange as well as personal and intellectual growth in the classroom. Your regular participation and active listening are essential to the course, and will enhance your ability to be open to, and to learn from, the diverse viewpoints of your classmates. It is impossible to make up or reproduce a missed class, as your absence impoverishes the discussion. You do not need to email me regarding absences. Please note that 3 or more absences during the semester will significantly lower your grade for the course.