Spring 2009

AMST/WS 385 WR Before and After Stonewall: Sexual Identities and Politics in the U.S.
Saralyn Chesnut

This course traces the emergence and development in the U.S. of the identities we now term lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.  We will also explore the development of communities and, finally, political movements based on these identities.  The primary question here is: What is the subject of 'gay' history?  Is it the history of same-sex desire, of same-sex relationships, of same-sex sexual behavior, of lgbt identities and communities; or is it something else?

BSHE 500 Behavioral Sciences in Public Health
M 6:00-7:50P p.m.
Colin Talley

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
Tu. 1-3:50 p.m.
Colin Talley

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.

CPLT 202WR: Literature and the Will to Knowledge, Or Toward a `Literary History of Sexuality'  
Tu-Th 2:30-3:45
Matthew Roberts

This ambitious seminar will study important literary texts that follow the chronological trajectory of La volonté de savoir, the first volume of Michel Foucault's epic Histoire de la sexualité.  At stake in this course is a rigorous examination of literature's place within the "History of Sexuality" as we discuss how literature might question discourses consonant with the emergence of the term "sexuality."  In addition to reading the first volume of Foucault's History of Sexuality, literary texts may include works by François Rabelais, Marquis de Sade, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Charlotte Brontë, Gustav Flaubert, Oscar Wilde, D.H. Lawrence, and Vladimir Nabokov

CPLT 751.003 Melodrama  
Tuesdays, 1-4 PM  
Jose Quiroga

It has been remarked that in melodrama, all signs are legible. To the extent that even defining melodrama seems to imply overcoding an excess upon a mode (not a genre) that feeds on "overdrawn characterizations, smashing climaxes, and appeals to sentiment" (Brooks). From the "women's films" of the 1950s--with their on opulence, stylization and emotional audience manipulation--melodrama has more recently been re-appropriated in order to provide a critique on gendered, sexual, and national identity in the work of Fassbinder, Almodóvar, and Manuel Puig. This course will examine forms of Twentieth Century melodrama in Europe as well as North and South America. Starting with the melodramatic gauchos present in Borges's short stories, the course pays particular attention to Mexican cabaret melodrama films from the 1940s and 1950s, to the subversive pleasures entailed in subverting (but at the same time affirming) strategic essentialisms
 of culture, gender and society.

ENG 789/ WS 585 Histories/Sexualities  Tues. 10-1    
Jonathan Goldberg

This course will focus on recent work in the history of sexuality. In the first half of the term, the emphasis will be on work around African American and other diasporic experiences, with literary readings including the novels of Nella Larsen and The Pagoda, a novel by Patricia Powell (the latter will be doing a reading in Feb debates about how gender or sexual orientation determines or inflects se2009 sponsored by Studies in Sexualities). In the second half of the term, we will focus on work in the medieval and early modern period, probably including readings of female saints lives and poems by Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey. The course will work from recently published scholarship, including Once You Go Black by Robert Reid-Pharr (he will be coming to lecture and run a seminar with the sponsorship of Studies in Sexualities), essays by Nayan Shah (a historian of Asian diasporic experience, also lecturing thanks to Studies in Sexualities), chapters from books by Scott Herring, Virginia Burrus, Carla Freccero, Daniel Juan Gil,
 among others.

ILA 790 / IDS 385 Sexualities East and West
Tu 10-1  
Michael Moon

It is a working hypothesis of this course that sexualities are historically and culturally variable; while there are well established xual experience, so far considerably less attention has been given to the question of how 'Eastern' and 'Western' sexualities have been and may continue to be understood as differing in fundamental ways - beginning with the West's long fascination with the perceived sexual 'difference' or 'otherness' of such institutions as the harem and such figures as the geisha or the court eunuch. In this course we shall consider the legacy of what Edward Said called 'orientalism' in Western perceptions of the alleged erotic otherness of the East during and since the Enlightenment.  We shall first focus on adaptations across various media of the body of narrative called The Thousand and One Nights or The Arabian Nights, from Antoine
Galland's production of a French version of the text at the beginning of thPasolini's 1974 film version.
Then we will focus on the legacy of colonialism and imperialism in the formation of modern understandings of sexualities.  We shall explore some of the history of the role given various African and Asian populations in the development of European and U.S. medical practices and policies, and we shall examine the alleged significance of racial and ethnic difference in the formation of sexology and epidemiology.
The second half of the course will focus on the recent proliferation of ethnographies of sexual behaviors, practices, and roles beyond the west, both by western and Asian and African scholars.e eighteenth century to Sir Richard Burton's translation of and commentaries on the Nights in the late Victorian era to Pier Paolo

SOC 389S Gender and Social Policy  
MWF 10-10:50 a.m.
Regina Werum

This seminar approaches issues related to gender and social policy
from both comparative-historical and -international perspectives, though our focus will be mostly on industrialized countries.  We begin with an overview of theories regarding how countries regulate various aspects of social policy. Then we will use a "spotlight" approach to examine a variety of issues states regulate that have gender-specific themes, outcomes, or implications.  Topics include but are not limited to: entitlement and need-based "welfare" programs, family policy, labor/employment policy, health care policy, and education policy.

SPANISH 312 WR Theories and Histories of Hispanic Theater, Film, and Performance
MWF 10:40-11:35 Max: 12 (By permission only)
Maria Carrión

This course is designed to give students a working vocabulary for the study of theater, film, and performance, underscoring their theoretical and historical dimensions and their relation to race and gender. A comparative perspective on theater, film, and performance will be articulated whenever possible, devoting discrete classes to different media while teasing out the foundational aspect of theater and performance. The course will prepare students for work at the 400 level on film, theater, and performance, providing them with an introduction to both the theoretical framework guiding the study of texts, and a "hands-on" feel for theatrical, film, and performance work.
The close textual analysis of Hispanic theater, film, and performance will be done in a seminar-type discussion group. Written assignments: five 1-page essays; two exams focusing on audiovisual language; three reviews of performance pieces; a performance project.

SPAN 430 / WS 389 / CPLT 389 The Spanish Comedia: Race, Gender, and Performance (501South Callaway Center)
MWF 9:35-10:25 (Max: 15)
Maria Carrión

This course explores the representation of race, gender, and performance in theater and society in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Spain, and its reception (both in theory and practice) in twentieth-century Spain and Latin America. The class will consider the Comedia or professional theater of Spain between the 1550s and the 1680s as discourse and industry, highlighting its double dimension of being a product of the culture of this society, and of being one of the most culturally productive phenomena in Spain's Early Modern history. Discussions will revolve around questions of how the following were represented on- and offstage: race, lineage, limpieza de sangre, exclusion, reproduction, gender, costume, movement, voice; and how such representation had (or not) and impact on the professionalization of theater, the running of shows and theaters, the debates about the (un)lawfulness of theatrical theories and practices, and the scrutiny and closing of theaters. In Spanish.

WS 105: Reel Sexualities
TR 4-5:15, Mandatory Film Screening: T 6-8:30
Shannan Palma

This course provides students with an introduction to theories of sexuality, emphasizing the intersections of sexualities with race, gender, ability, class, etc. It requires students to then apply these theories for themselves in critical interrogation of popular representations -- mainly cinema, but also potentially including a wee on television texts. Previous film studies or gender studies experience is helpful but not required. Potential discussion topics include childhood sexuality, LGBT and queer cinemas, coming out narratives, miscegenation, S&M, perversion, de-sexing sexual orientation, romance, and stigma. Students must participate in mandatory film screenings as well as lecture and discussion. Film texts may include (but are not limited to): Madchen in Uniform (dir. Leontine Sagan, 1931), Watermelon Woman (dir. Cheryl Dunye, 1996), The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (dir. Stephan Elliott, 1994), Me and You and Everyone We Know
 (dir. Miranda July, 2005), Different for Girls (dir. Richard Spence, 1996), Secretary (dir. Steven Shainberg, 2002), Big Eden (dir. Thomas Bezucha, 2000), and Shortbus (dir. John Cameron Mitchell, 2006).