Fall 2009

ANTHROPOLOGY 150: Cultures of Southeast Asia
Professor Michael G. Peletz
MWF 12:50-1:40

This course offers anthropological perspectives on Southeast Asia, a region that includes the nation-states of Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Burma, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Because this world area has long been known for the relatively "high status of women" and a good deal of pluralism with respect to gender and sexuality, we will be looking at the dynamics of gender and sexuality -- including the vicissitudes of heteronormativity, same-sex relations, and transgender practices -- in some depth. Readings and discussions, which will follow a rough historical trajectory, will also address various aspects of colonialism, race, religion (especially Islam), nationalism, and governmentality, and selected theoretical debates bearing on the ways in which these and other phenomena are keyed to Southeast Asians: experiences, understandings, and representations of modernity.

BSHE 500: Behavioral Sciences in Public Health
Professor Colin Talley
Monday 10:00AM - 11:50AM

This course provides the student with basic knowledge about the
behavioral and social sciences as they are applied to public health. In particular, the course interrogates the ecological framework which takes the perspective that health and well-being are affected by the interaction of multiple determinants at individual, interpersonal, community, social structural, and policy levels. Among the topics in the course are race, ethnicity, and health disparities, class, economic inequality, and health disparities, gender and health, and sexuality and health disparities.

BSHE 579: History of Public Health
Professor Colin Talley
Wednesday 3:00PM - 5:50PM

This course takes a modified chronological approach in which issues affecting population health are examined in historical, comparative, and ecological contexts. Among the topics in the course are race, racism, and disease, the Tuskegee syphilis study and narratives of sexuality, and HIV-AIDS, health promotion, and advocacy.

ECONOMICS 305WR: Economics of Life
Professor Andrew Francis
MWF 9:35-10:25

This course applies microeconomic principles to crime, sports, family, and sexuality. In each subject area, we will discuss basic facts and trends, key theoretical and empirical economic studies, and the role of public policy. The purpose of this course is not only to help students learn about the subject areas, but also to help them develop analytical skills through writing and discussion.

ENGLISH 384R Literary Criticism: Queer Theory, Literature, and Film (crosslisted with WS)
Professor Jonathan Goldberg
MW 3-4:15

This course brings together literary/ queer theory and literary/film texts read under the hypothesis that literature and film also make theoretical contributions. Theorists to include Leo Bersani, Judith Butler, Lee Edelman, Barbara Johnson, Jose Munoz, Eve Sedgwick; authors: Willa Cather, Jean Genet, Patricia Highsmith, Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde; films by Todd Haynes and Alfred Hitchcock.

ENGLISH 796R: Survey of English: Theory, History, Methods
Professor Paul Kelleher
TH 10:00-1:00

This seminar is designed to introduce first-year graduate students to many of the key theoretical and methodical issues that shape the discipline of English. In addition to surveying a wide range of twentieth-century and contemporary theoretical movements (for example, deconstruction, feminism, and queer theory), the seminar will expose students to some of the central questions and debates that drive English literary studies today. Through our readings and discussions, students will receive a grounding in the discipline of English, which ideally will support and energize their future
studies and research in the field.

ILA 790 (crosslisted as English 789R and Comp Lit 751):
Henry James, Gertrude Stein, Samuel Beckett
Professor Michael Moon
Wednesday 9 to noon

James: The Turn of the Screw, The Wings of the Dove, Prefaces to the New York Edition; Stein: Q.E.D., selections from The Making of Americans, Three Lives, Dr. Faustus Lights the Lights; Beckett: Molloy, All That Fall, Not I, late radio plays. In reading and discussing these texts, we shall explore a range of questions about imitation, translation and bilingual discourses, archivization, intimacy and sexuality, the limits of representation, avant-gardism, adaptation across media, performance and performativity.

RELIGION 322: Religion and Sexuality
Professor Gary Laderman
TuTh 11:30-12:45

Like death, sexuality is a biological fact of life-an inescapable
reality of the world we live in, a force at work in every nook and
cranny of society and culture, found in the home, office, mall,
classroom, hospital; imaged on television, computer, theater, and mental screens; aroused at sporting events, clubs, parties, funerals, and weddings. It is no wonder sex, along with death and health, is of the utmost importance in the world's religious traditions, most of which seek to regulate and monitor the body generally, but most especially the terms on and by which sexual desires can be fulfilled or transgressed. Religious traditions thrive on intimacy with and access to the body, its experience of suffering, sorrow, and sickness, as well as rapture, delight, and bliss. Its obvious and overwhelming role as a primary, primal factor in evolution and communication throughout the animal kingdom makes sexuality even more confounding to humans who are animals but not only animals, a species that makes much more of sexual relations than a biological imperative to secure a fertilized egg. The powers of sex, however, are entangled in phenomena that cannot be reduced to bodily processes, or easily measured with brain-imaging technologies. How these powers are defined and understood varies across and within cultures but they are never simply neutral and always bear on the sacred. The intricacies of sexuality in human cultures-its political, economic, mythic, moral, ritual, emotional dimensions-belie any easy generalizations. This course will explore the connections and intersections linking religion and sexuality across different religious cultures, within the history of Christianity, and in American society in the past and present.

SOCIOLOGY 225: Sociology of Sex & Gender (crosslisted as WS 231)
Professor Regina Werum
MWF 12:50-1:40


This course focuses on a variety of issues linked to gender relations, i.e., comparisons between women's and men's social experiences. Sociologists call gender a "social construct." This means that we are not born behaving as men should or as women should; rather we are taught values and behaviors relating to "appropriate" gender roles. At first, you will be introduced to different theories about gender roles, feminist and non feminist alike. We will draw on these theories throughout the semester, when we address issues such as: a) gender role socialization at school, through media, and in the family (i.e.,how do we learn to be feminine and masculine); b) the interaction between gender and class stratification; c) the interaction between gender and race/ethnic stratification; d) gender and work; e) gender and the law; f) gender and violence; g) social movements. In general, the course has a strong comparative and historical component. Not only will you learn about gender roles in contemporary US society, but you will also become acquainted with cross cultural research and with historical trends that have shifted the power relations between men and women.

SPAN530 / CPLT751 / WS585
Burning the Stage: Sex and Gender in Hispanic Theatre, Film, and Performance Art
Professor Maria Carrión
Tuesday 1-4

This course traces the passing of sex and gender in the stages of theatre, film, and performance art, and from one media to another. Class discussions will be based on comparative representations of sex and gendered bodies and scenes in these three media. Readings, lectures, discussion, and writing in this class will focus on the act of burning the stage as emblem of transgression, violation, rupture, and other kinds of audiovisual engagement of sex and gender. Through the use of theoretical and historical materials the class will examine the role played by gender (sexuality / sex) in the processes of design, writing, delivery, and evolution of these audiovisual media in Spain and Latino America. In English.

SPANISH 430 / CPLT389 / WS385: Architecture: Race, Gender, and the Body
Professor Maria Carrión
TTh

This course traces theoretical and applied dimensions of architecture and the role that race, gender and the body played in its development as discipline, experience, science, and method. Participants in the seminar will look Spain as a case study. Class discussions will be based on comparative representations of space, time, and the body as they flow between architectural boundaries established in imagined, designed, printed, and built texts. Through the use of theoretical and historical materials the class will examine the role played by race (ethnicity / religion) and gender (sexuality / sex) and the body (body parts, physiology, functioning) in the processes of design, writing, drawing, and erection of buildings, artistic personas, subjects, architectural structures, and rhetorical constructs. In English.

WOMEN'S STUDIES WS 105 Introduction to Studies in Sexualities
Professor Deboleena Roy
TTh 10:00-11:15

This course will introduce students to the interdisciplinary field of sexuality studies. Drawing from feminist scholarship, queer theory, and lesbian, gay, transgender, and transsexual studies, we will discuss some historical perspectives on sexual identities and examine how intersecting categories such as race, class and gender can influence how sexuality is experienced. We will also explore how science and scientific authority have influenced our understanding of gender and sexualities through reproductive biology, genetics and neuroscience. This course will be connected to current and local events and will highlight the diversity and complexity of issues related to sexuality.

WOMEN'S STUDIES 585/ILA 790:"Race, Gender and Visual Culture"
Professor Kimberly Wallace-Sanders
Monday 4 TO 7PM

Historically, scholarships about race, gender and representation
through visual culture often privilege one over the other, when in fact all three aspects of identity and often additional factors like sexuality, class and disability are integrated at the same time.
Our goal is to create and promote far more complicated and inclusive models for thinking critically about race and gender and the way that these factors ³show up ² in visual culture through stereotypes. In this course we will consider the following questions: Are some stereotypes more acceptable or more offensive than others are? Which stereotypes are constantly renewed and rejuvenated through the media and popular culture? How is the body manipulated to represent mainstream American idealism?

WOMEN'S STUDIES 585-02P "Affect, Attachment, Intersubjectivity: The New Psychologies and Sexuality
Professor Elizabeth A. Wilson
Tuesday 1-4pm


In recent decades a new breed of psychodynamic and psychological theory has emerged that takes affect, attachment and intersubjectivity as its primary concerns. This work grew out of both clinical experience and the psychological laboratory, and it is now becoming increasingly relevant for feminist and queer scholarship. This course will introduce students to these new psychological theories and how they might be used in research on sexuality. We will begin with psychodynamic research (Freud, Ferenczi, Klein, Winnicott, Bowlby), focusing on the early concerns with affect, attachment and intersubjectivity that have been forgotten in non-clinical uses of psychoanalytic theory. We will also examine the more empirically oriented, and no less conceptually galvanizing, research in infant development. The course will then look specifically at how this work can be used in critical scholarship on sexuality (intimate publics, pedophilia, adolescent and child
sexuality).

WS 585-05P/CPLT 751/PHIL 789: Foucault
Professor Lynne Huffer
Tuesdays 9-12 pm

For some decades now, it has been much easier to have a passionate opinion about Michel Foucault than a careful reading of him. He is a saint or a demon, a liberator or a desecrator, the heroic promoter of an agenda or the debauched prophet of despair. This seminar will be less concerned to foster impassioned uses of Foucault, or even to analyze his remarkable susceptibility to abuse, than it will be to think with and about some texts that bear his name. We will be particularly concerned with his 'ethical' and 'political' texts - texts about the consequences of medicalizing madness or normalcy, about the powers coded into the category 'sexuality,' about ancient or contemporary alternatives to contemporary management of human life. Members of the seminar will be encouraged to connect their readings in Foucault with their own intellectual projects.

Texts: The seminar will concentrate on texts by Foucault rather than by his interpreters. The major texts will include History of Madness, Abnormal, History of Sexuality 1, and Hermeneutics of the Subject. We will also study some of the pieces collected in the English anthology, Ethics: Subjectivity and Truth.

Particulars: Members of the seminar will be expected to read the assigned texts attentively and to discuss them constructively. The will also be asked to write three short exercises (5 pp. each) during the course of the semester and then a final paper (15-20 pp.) at its conclusion. There will be no examinations - except for those imposed by Foucault.