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Women’s Studies Course Descriptions

WMST 200 Introduction to Women’s Studies: Women and Society (3 credits) An interdisciplinary study of the status, roles, and experiences of women in society. Sources from a variety of fields such as literature, psychology, history, and anthropology, focusing on the writings of women.

WMST 210 Love, Labor, and Citizenship: Women in America to 1880 (3 credits) Also offered as HIST210. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: HIST210 or WMST210. An examination of the economic, family, and political roles of colonial, slave, immigrant and frontier women in America from the pre-industrial colonial period through the early stages of nineteenth century industrialization and urbanization.

WMST 211 Women in America Since 1880 (3 credits) Also offered as HIST211. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: HIST211 or WMST211. An examination of women’s changing roles in working class and middle class families, the effects of industrialization on women’s economic activities and status, and women’s involvement in political and social struggles, including those for women’s rights, birth control, and civil rights.

WMST 212 Women in Western Europe 1750-Present (3 credits) Also offered as HIST212. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: HIST212 or WMST212. An analysis of the economic, family, and political roles of European women from 1750 to the present. The effects of industrialization on women’s work and status, the demographic parameters of women’s lives, and women’s participation in political events from market riots to suffrage struggles.

WMST 241 Women Writers of French Expression in Translation (3 credits) Also offered as FREN241. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: FREN241 or WMST241. Works and ideas of Twentieth Century women writers of French in Canada, Africa, the Caribbean, and France. Taught in English.

WMST 250 Introduction to Women’s Studies: Women, Art and Culture (3 credits) An examination of women’s creative powers as expressed in selected examples of music, film, art, drama, poetry, fiction, and other literature. Explores women’s creativity in relation to families, religion, education, ethnicity, class, sexuality, and within a cultural tradition shaped by women.

WMST 255 Reading Women Writing (3 credits) Also offered as ENGL250. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: WMST255 or ENGL250. Images of women in literature by and about women.

WMST 263 Introduction to Black Women’s Studies (3 credits) Also offered as AASP298I. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: WMST298A, AASP298I, or AASP298S. Formerly WMST298A. Interdisciplinary exploration of Black women, culture and society in the United States. Drawn primarily from the social sciences and history with complementary material from literature and the arts.

WMST 265 Constuctions of Manhood and Womanhood in the Black Community (3 credits) Also offered as AASP298B. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: WMST265, or AASP298B. Investigates the ways that African Americans are represented and constructed in public and private spheres and explores the social constructions and representations of Black manhood and womanhood from various disciplinary perspectives.

WMST 267 Introduction to Black Women’s Cultural Studies (3 credits) Credit will be granted for only one of the following: WMST267 or WMST298A. Formerly WMST298A. An introduction to black women’s cultural production and to an understanding of how the social norms and ideals about women within black communities and in the larger society have shaped black women’s own self-perceptions and behaviors and thus their cultural production.

WMST 269 Special Topics in Study Abroad II (1-6 credits) Repeatable to 15 credits if content differs. Special topics course taken as part of an approved study abroad program.

WMST 275 World Literature by Women (3 credits) Also offered as CMLT275. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: WMST275 or CMLT275. Comparative study of selected works by women writers of several countries, exploring points of intersection and divergence in women’s literary representations.

WMST 281 Women in German Literature and Society (3 credits) Also offered as GERM281. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: WMST281 or GERM281. A study of changing literary images and social roles of women from the beginning of the 19th century to the present.

WMST 298 Special Topics in Women’s Studies (1-3 credits) Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs.

WMST298F Special Topics in Women’s Studies: Gender and Financial Well-being (1 credit) Facilitates the development of greater economic acumen among women about systems of finance and economics in the world and encourages women’s critical engagement in finance and economics. The course teaches students, especially women students, the nuts and bolts of managing personal finances and encourages students to consider careers in finance, while learning skills needed for leadership.

WMST 300 Feminist Reconceptualizations of Knowledge (3 credits) Prerequisite: permission of department. For WMST majors only. An examination of how the interdisciplinary study of women and gender has generated new questions, challenged traditional methodologies and offered insights on the ways we come to learn, know, and teach. Explores the impact of feminist thinking on various disciplines.

WMST 314 Black Women in United States History (3 credits) Sophomore standing. Also offered as AASP313 and HIST329E. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: AASP313, AASP498W, HIST329E, WMST314 or WMST498N. Formerly WMST498N. Black American women’s history from slavery to the present. Focused on gaining a fuller understanding of the effect of race, class and gender on the life cycles and multiple roles of Black women as mothers, daughters, wives, workers and social-change agents.

WMST 320 Women in Classical Antiquity (3 credits) Also offered as CLAS320. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: CLAS320 or WMST320. A study of women’s image and reality in ancient Greek and Roman societies through an examination of literary, linguistic, historical, legal, and artistic evidence; special emphasis on women’s role in the family, views of female sexuality, and the place of women in creative art. Readings in primary sources in translation and modern critical writings.

WMST 325 The Sociology of Gender (3 credits) Prerequisite: Three credits of sociology. Also offered as SOCY325. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: SOCY325 or WMST325. Institutional bases of gender roles and gender inequality, cultural perspectives on gender, gender socialization, feminism, and gender-role change. Emphasis on contemporary American society.

WMST 326 Biology of Reproduction (3 credits) Prerequisite: BSCI105 or permission of department. Also offered as BSCI342. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: BSCI342 or WMST326. The biology of the reproductive system with emphasis on mammals and, in particular, on human reproduction. Hormone actions, sperm production, ovulation, sexual differentiation, sexual behavior, contraception, pregnancy, lactation, maternal behavior and menopause.

WMST 336 Psychology of Women (3 credits) Prerequisite: PSYC100. Also offered as PSYC336. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: PSYC336 or WMST336. A study of the biology, life span development, socialization, personality, mental health, and special issues of women.

WMST 348 Literary Works by Women (3 credits) Prerequisite: Two lower-level English courses, at least one in literature; or permission of department. Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs. Also offered as ENGL348. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: ENGL348 or WMST348. The context, form, style and meaning of literary works by women.

WMST 350 Feminist Pedagogy (6 credits) Prerequisite: permission of department. General application of feminist methodology to teaching and communication skills, teaching strategies, motivation, classroom dynamics and knowledge of students’ development and learning styles.

WMST 360 Caribbean Women (3 credits) An interdisciplinary analysis of the lives and experiences of women across the Caribbean region, through an examination of their roles in individual, national, social and cultural formations. Special emphasis on contemporary women’s issues and organizations.

WMST 369 Special Topics in Study Abroad III (1-6 credits) Repeatable to 15 credits if content differs. Special topics course taken as part of an approved study abroad program.

WMST 370 Black Feminist Thought (3 credits) Prerequisite: One course in AASP or WMST. Examines the ideas, words and actions of Black women writers, speakers, artists, and activists in the United States.

WMST 380 Feminist Analysis of the Workplace (6 credits) Prerequisite: permission of department. An examination of the world of work from a feminist perspective through theory and experience. Designed to provide students with experiences in work situations that have social, economic, educational and/or political impact on women’s lives. Students will develop the skill to theoretically analyze their experience and practically implement feminist models in the workplace.

WMST 386 Experiential Learning (1-6 credits) Prerequisite: Learning Proposal approved by Women’s Studies Academic Advisor. Junior standing.

WMST 400 Theories of Feminism (3 credits) Prerequisite: one course in WMST or a course cross-listed with a WMST course. A study of the multiplicity of feminist theories which have been developed to explain women’s position in the family, the workplace, and society. Major feminist writings are considered in the context of their historical moment and in the context of the intellectual traditions to which they relate.

WMST 408 Literature by Women Before 1800 (3 credits) Prerequisite: Two English courses in literature or permission of department. Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs. Also offered as ENGL408. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: ENGL408 or WMST408. Selected writings by women in the medieval and early modern era.

WMST 410 Women of the African Diaspora (3 credits) Explores the lives, experiences, and cultures of women of Africa and the African diaspora–African-America, the Caribbean, and Afro-Latin America. A variety of resources and materials will be used providing a distinctive interdisciplinary perspective.

WMST 420 Asian American Women: The Social Construction of Gender (3 credits) Also offered as AAST420. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: AAST420 or WMST420. Examines the intersection of gender, race and class as it relates to Asian American women in the United States; how institutionalized cultural and social statuses of gender, race, ethnicity and social class, produce and reproduce inequality within the lives of Asian American women.

WMST 425 Gender Roles and Social Institutions (3 credits) Also offered as SOCY425. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: SOCY425 or WMST425. Relationship between gender roles and the structure of one or more social institutions (e.g., the economy, the family, the political system, religion, education). The incorporation of gender roles into social institutions; perpetuation or transformation of sex roles by social institutions; how changing gender roles affect social institutions.

WMST 430 Gender Issues in Families (3 credits) Prerequisite: SOCY100, SOCY105, or PSYC100. Also offered as FMSC430. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: FMSC430 or WMST430. The development of historical, cultural, developmental and psychosocial aspects of masculinity and femininity within the context of contemporary families, and the implications for interpersonal relations.

WMST 436 The Legal Status of Women (3 credits) Prerequisite: GVPT231. Also offered as GVPT436. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: GVPT436 or WMST436. An examination of judicial interpretation and application of common, statutory, and constitutional law as these affect the status of women in American society.

WMST 444 Feminist Critical Theory (3 credits) Prerequisite: ENGL250, WMST200 or WMST250. Also offered as ENGL444. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: ENGL444 or WMST444. Issues in contemporary feminist thought that have particular relevance to textual studies, such as theories of language, literature, culture, interpretation, and identity.

WMST 448 Literature by Women of Color (3 credits) Prerequisite: Two English courses in literature or permission of department. Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs. Also offered as ENGL448. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: ENGL448 or WMST448. Literature by women of color in the United States, Britain, and in colonial and post-colonial countries.

WMST 452 Women in the Media (3 credits) Also offered as JOUR452. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: JOUR452 or WMST452. Participation and portrayal of women in the mass media from colonial to contemporary times.

WMST 453 Victorian Women in England, France, and the United States (3 credits) Also offered as HIST493. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: HIST493 or WMST453. Examines the lives of middle and upper-class women in England, France, and the United States during the Victorian era. Topics include gender roles, work, domesticity, marriage, sexuality, double standards and women’s rights.

WMST 454 Women in Africa (3 credits) Also offered as HIST494. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: HIST494 or WMST454. The place of women in African societies: the role and function of families; institutions such as marriage, birthing, and child rearing; ritual markers in women’s lives; women in the workplace; women’s associates; women’s health issues; measures designed to control women’s behavior; women and development.

WMST 455 Women in Medieval Culture and Society (3 credits) Also offered as HIST495. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: HIST495 or WMST455. Medieval women’s identity and cultural roles: the condition, rank and rights of medieval women; their access to power; a study of women’s writings and the constraints of social constructs upon the female authorial voice; and contemporary assumptions about women.

WMST 456 Women and Society in the Middle East (3 credits) Recommended: prior coursework in Middle East studies or gender studies. Also offered as HIST 492. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: HIST 492 or WMST 456. Examines the customs, values and institutions that have shaped women’s experience in the Middle East in the past and in the contemporary Middle East.

WMST 457 Redefining Gender in the U.S., 1880-1935 (3 credits) Also offered as HIST433. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: HIST433 or WMST457. Exploring changing perceptions of gender in the U.S., 1880-1935, and the impact of those changes on the day to day lives of men and women.

WMST 458 Literature by Women After 1800 (3 credits) Prerequisite: Two English courses in literature or permission of department. Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs. Also offered as ENGL458. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: ENGL458 or WMST458. Selected writings by women after 1800.

WMST 468 Feminist Cultural Studies (3 credits) Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs. Each version of this course focuses on one or several forms of popular culture — such as TV, music, film, cyber-culture, or genre fiction (for example, science fiction) — and demonstrates how feminists value, critique and explain such forms. Tools of feminist cultural studies include economic and social analyses of power, race, sexuality, gender, class, nationality, religion, technology, and globalization processes.

WMST 469 Study Abroad Special Topics IV (1-6 credits) Repeatable to 15 credits if content differs. Special topics course taken as part of an approved study abroad program.

WMST 471 Women’s Health (3 credits) Also offered as HLTH471. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: HLTH471 or WMST471. The women’s health movement from the perspective of consumerism and feminism. The physician-patient relationship in the gynecological and other medical settings. The gynecological exam, gynecological problems, contraception, abortion, pregnancy, breast and cervical cancer and surgical procedures. Psychological aspects of gynecological concerns.

WMST 488 Senior Seminar (3 credits) Prerequisite: permission of department. Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs. Seminar for advanced majors in women’s studies or other students with appropriate preparation. Interdisciplinary topics will vary each semester.

WMST 491 Judaism and the Constuction of Gender (3 credits) Prerequisite: 1 course in JWST; or 1 course in LGBT; or 1 course in WMST. Also offered as JWST 491. Credit only granted for: JWST419X, JWST491, or WMST 491. The study of Jewish culture, religious practice, communal authority, and literature through the frame of such critical categories of analysis as gender, sexuality, masculinity, power, ethics, and the feminine.

WMST 493 Jewish Women in International Perspective (3 credits) Prerequisite: One course in Women’s Studies, preferably WMST200 or WMST250. Also offered as JWST493. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: JWST492, JWST493, or WMST493. Using memoirs, essays, poetry, short stories, films, music and the visual arts, course investigates what it means/has meant to define oneself as a Jewish woman across lines of difference. Focus is largely on the secular dimensions of Jewish women’s lives but will also explore the implications of Jewish law and religious practices for Jewish women. Our perspective will be international, including Ashkenazi and Sephardi women.

WMST 494 Lesbian Communities and Differences (3 credits) Prerequisite: One course in Women’s Studies, preferably WMST200 or WMST250. Also offered as LGBT494. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: LGBT494 or WMST494. The meanings of lesbian communities across many lines of difference. Using lesbian-feminists of the 1970s as a starting point, we will look both back and forward in history, tracing changes and exploring the meanings of these in their social and historical contexts.

WMST 496 African-American Women Filmmakers (3 credits) Also offered as THET496. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: THET496 or WMST496. Examines the cinematic artistry of African-American women filmmakers and the ways in which these films address the dual and inseparable roles of race and gender.

WMST 498 Advanced Special Topics in Women’s Studies (1-3 credits) Prerequisite: permission of department. Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs.

WMST 499 Independent Study (1-3 credits) Prerequisite: One course in women’s studies and permission of department. Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs. Research and writing or specific readings on a topic selected by the student and supervised by a faculty member of the Women’s Studies Department.

LGBT Studies Course Descriptions

LGBT 200 Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies.

(No Prerequisite.) An interdisciplinary study of the historical and social contexts of personal, cultural and political aspects of LGBT life. Sources from a variety of fields, such as anthropology, history, psychology, sociology, and women’s studies, focusing on writings by and about LGBT people. Required course for LGBT Studies Certificate or Minor. Core SB & D. GenEd History and Social Sciences & Understanding Plural Societies.

LGBT 265 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Literatures

(No Prerequisite.) Not open to students who have completed ENGL 265. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: ENGL 265 or LGBT 265. An exploration of literary and cultural expressions of sexuality and gender. Study of a range of historical periods and literary genres, such as essay, poetry, novel, drama, film. Topics include sexual norms and dissidence, gender identity and expression, the relationship between aesthetic forms and sexual subjectivity. Interpretation of texts particularly through the lens of queer theory. Examination of how sex and gender intersect with other forms of difference, including race and class. This course fills the lower division literature, art, or culture requirement for the LGBT Studies Certificate or Minor. Core HL & D. GenEd Humanities & Understanding Plural Societies.

LGBT 285 Homophobia in the U.S. Society in the New Millenium

(No Prerequisite. This is an “I” series course offering.) Not open to students who have completed LGBT 289I. Credit will be granted for only one one of the following: LGBT 285 or LGBT 289I. An interdisciplinary investigation of the evolving forms of homophobia that continue to thrive and grow in the contemporary U.S., despite historical gains. Special attention to manifestations of homophobia in U.S. social, cultural, political, and legal arenas such as: popular culture/media, religious and cultural/ethnic communities, state and federal legislation, and queer subcultures. Focus on students’ powers and responsibilities within struggles to end discrimination based on sexuality. Core SB & D. GenEd History and Social Sciences, Understanding Plural Societies, I-Series.

LGBT 291 International Perspectives on Lesbian and Gay Studies

(No Prerequisite.) Also offered as CMLT291. Not open to students who have completed CMLT291. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: CMLT291 or LGBT291. Exploration of the construction and representation of sexualities in culture around the globe, with particular emphasis on literature and media. Core D.

LGBT 298 Special Topics in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies

(No Prerequisite.) Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs. Study of particular themes and issues in LGBT studies. Past special topics courses have included: Queer American Cultures, and Sexuality and Gender in Popular Culture. Core D. GenEd Understanding Plural Societies

LGBT 298C Special Topics in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies: Histories of “Deviant” Women: Crones, Comedians, and Criminals

(No Prerequisite.) Historical and contemporary examination of how, where, when, and for whom the category of “deviant woman” is produced and regulated. Possible units include the construction of sex, gender, and bodies; notions of criminality and comedy; and narratives of witchcraft. This course fills the lower division literature, art, or culture requirement for the LGBT Studies Certificate or Minor. Core D. GenEd Understanding Plural Societies.

LGBT 298D Special Topics in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies: Digital Queers – Public Space, Art, and Performance in the Digital Age

(No Prerequisite.) Digital Queers is first and foremost about the creative exploration and practice of queer theory in everyday digital life. We will investigate public spaces and institutions using a range of approaches, from reading and discussion, to making art and performance. Most importantly, students will be experimenting with, and creating their own theoretical practice. There is no experience or skill required or needed; just an open mind and a willingness to try. Students will be introduced to a broad but considered range of topics, including queer theory, public space, digital media, art, and activism. We will use these texts to explore multiple methodologies and approaches, including games, psychogeography, time-based art (video, sound, installation), and performance. This course fills the lower division literature, art, or culture requirement for the LGBT Studies Certificate or Minor. Core D. GenEd Understanding Plural Societies.

LGBT 298L Special Topics in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies: Introduction to Queer Latina/o Studies

(No Prerequisite.) Since the1990s, LGBT and Queer histories and identities have emerged within academic discussions generating an influential theoretical field for the analysis of culture, identity, and politics. Simultaneously, Latina/o histories and identities have garnered questions, debates, and theories in response to immigration, labor, activism & politics, and cultural production. Together, LGBTQ AND Latina/o cultures and identities open new pathways of research and analysis in areas of cultural studies. Using interdisciplinary methodologies and approaches and integrating a scope of different, yet intersecting, LGBTQ and Latina/o histories and identities, this course explores how Queer Latina/o cultures and identities together have engaged in art and literature to interact with space, politics, and activism or latinidad, testimonio, and activismo. By utilizing these analytic frameworks, this course explores the cultural production of Queer Latina/o cultures, primarily through art, literature, and other medias to underscore how engagement with politics, policies, and institutions are practiced. This course fills the lower division literature, art, or culture requirement for the LGBT Studies Certificate or Minor. Core D. GenEd Understanding Plural Societies.

LGBT 298Q Special Topics in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies: Queers, Arts, and Culture

(No Prerequisite.) An interdisciplinary study of the historical and social contexts of LGBT contributions to art and culture. Sources from a variety of fields, including history, literature, visual arts, drama, film, crafts, and women’s studies, focusing on art by and about LGBT people. This course fills the lower division literature, art, or culture requirement for the LGBT Studies Certificate or Minor. Core D. GenEd Understanding Plural Societies.

LGBT 298R Special Topics in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies: Digital Queers – Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Art and Culture

(No Prerequisite.) LGBT Art and Culture examines lesbian’s, gay men’s, bisexual people’s and transgender people’s creative products in selected examples of music, film, art, drama, dance, poetry, fiction, memoir, and other literature, and it explores LGBT identities and communities in relation to families, religion, education, ethnicity, class, history, and sexuality, within cultural traditions shaped by LGBT people. We will consider the cultural productions of LGBT artists working in a variety of media and genres. Through the readings, discussions, and assignments, you will develop skills to analyze written and visual texts with particular attention to how sex, gender, race, class, sexuality, sexual orientation, and other systems of power shape people’s everyday lives. This course fills the lower division literature, art, or culture requirement for the LGBT Studies Certificate or Minor. Core D. GenEd Understanding Plural Societies.

LGBT 327 LGBT Film and Video

(Prerequisite: Junior standing.) Comparative analysis of forms, themes, and the politics of representation in film and video by and/or about LGBT people. This course begins from the premise that movies are designed to give us a variety of meaningful viewing experiences, sometimes pleasurable, sometimes not. The class teaches a range of analytical approaches for understanding how films create meanings and what those meanings may be. In this course, we will trace both the diversity and similarities between global and Western representations of what we call homosexuality, bisexuality, and transgender identities as represented in film and video. Film selections might include works directed by Lisa Cholodenko, Ang Lee, Cheryl Dunye, Marlon Riggs, Paul Verhoven, Deepa Mehta, Alfred Hitchcock, John Cameron Mitchell, and Kimberly Pierce. This course fills the upper division literature, art, or culture requirement for the LGBT Studies Certificate or Minor. Core D. GenEd Humanities and Understanding Plural Societies.

LGBT 350 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People and Communication

(Prerequisite: LGBT200 & permission of the program.) Study of differences, stereotypes, and values distinguishing LGBT people and of effective means of communicating such differences to non-LGBT people. Emphasis on contemporary LGBT life and on the development of didactic skills. Preparation and presentation of forums on LGBT people; facilitation of workshops in various outreach locations (residence halls, Greek system, classes). This course fills the upper division personal, social, political, or historical requirement for the LGBT Studies Certificate or Minor. GenEd Scholarship in Practice and Cultural Competency.

LGBT 359 Special Topics in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Literatures

(Prerequisite: two lower-level English courses, at least one in literature.) Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs. Also offered as ENGL359. Study of selected writers or particular themes in Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, and Transgender literatures. Past Special Topics courses have included: The Beginnings of Queer Identity, 1660-1900, Queer Film and Video, LGBT Writing in the U.S., Queer Poetics, or Gay is Very American, and Love, Sex, and Poetry in the Long 19th Century. This course fills the upper division literature, art, or culture requirement for the LGBT Studies Certificate or Minor.

LGBT 359A: Special Topics in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Literatures: (Especially Queer) American Autobiographics

(Prerequisite: two lower-level English courses, at least one in literature.) Beginning with a review of captivity narratives, classic autobiographies such as that by Ben Franklin (though he called the unfinished record of his life Memoirs), we will then pursue questions of autobiographics through various, usually queer texts—narratives, poems, songs, films, and other modes of public expression. This intensive study of self-expression in a variety of media and across a couple of centuries examines writing of, on, about, through, around, over, and under “the self.” We will begin by examining the queerness of nineteenth-century poets Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson and will then turn to the productions and cultural reproductions of modern and contemporary poets and writers such as Elizabeth Bishop, H.D., Gertrude Stein, Judy Grahn, Adrienne Rich, Audre Lorde, and Minnie Bruce Pratt, as well as Hart Crane, Allen Ginsberg, Langston Hughes, James Baldwin, Frank O’Hara, Essex Hemphill, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Nikki Finney, and Claudia Rankine. While we will probe ways in which lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/queer expressions are inflected by issues of race, gender, class, and high/low culture, we will especially scrutinize ways in which the performances and receptions of writers identified (by themselves or others) as LGBT or queer or writing from a racially-imbued perspective may perpetuate, challenge, and modify cultural mythologies about sexualities, queernesses, and modes of being and writing in the Facebook age. Another central inquiry in our course of study, then, will be to investigate various implications of the fact that in the early 21st century, “25 Random Things About Me” and other online writing performed by individuals in group settings queer notions about social networking and autobiographical expression. This course fills the upper division literature, art, or culture requirement for the LGBT Studies Certificate or Minor.

LGBT 359B: Special Topics in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Literatures: Queer Poetics, or Gay is Very American

(Prerequisite: two lower-level English courses, at least one in literature.) An intensive study of lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/queer inscriptions in American poetry, this course will examine the queerness of nineteenth-century poets Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson and will then turn to the poetic productions and cultural reproductions of poets such as Elizabeth Bishop, H.D., Gertrude Stein, Judy Grahn, Adrienne Rich, Audre Lorde, and Minnie Bruce Pratt, as well as Hart Crane, Allen Ginsberg, Langston Hughes, James Baldwin, Essex Hemphill, Frank O’Hara, and Paul Monette. While we will probe ways in which LGBT or queer expressions are inflected by issues of race, gender, class, and high/low culture, we will especially scrutinize ways in which the performances and receptions of poets identified (by themselves or others) as LGBT or queer may perpetuate, challenge, and modify cultural mythologies about sexualities and their relevance to literary endeavors. Written assignments will be a short paper and a longer, more ambitious essay (10-15 pp.) exploring in depth some aspect raised by our course of study, as well as a reading journal (maintaining this journal will count as one of your exams). Collaborative writing endeavors are welcomed. Our meetings will often depend upon group work for leading discussions in the individual sessions, and each class member will participate in a group presentation. This course fills the upper division literature, art, or culture requirement for the LGBT Studies Certificate or Minor.

LGBT 359C Special Topics in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Literatures: Queer Films and Videos

(Prerequisite: two lower-level English courses, at least one in literature.) This course charts the development of Queer Cinema from the late 1940s to the present day. Analyzing the work of directors including Kenneth Anger, Sadie Benning, John Waters, Todd Haynes, Cheryl Dunye, Rose Troche, Gregg Araki, John Cameron Mitchell, Marlon Riggs, Jennie Livingston, Isaac Julien, John Greyson, and Pedro Almodóvar, among others, this course will examine prevalent themes, conventions, aesthetics, narrative techniques, and cultural contribution of Queer filmmakers telling Queer stories through film and video. Some of the topics we will grapple with include positioning Race within Queer Cinema, multi-lingual and multi-national Queer Cinemas, Sex in Queer Film, and filming Queer bodies. Course Requirements: viewing films outside of class, short response papers, a larger final paper, occasional quizzes, active class participation, and a final exam. This course fills the upper division literature, art, or culture requirement for the LGBT Studies Certificate or Minor.

LGBT 359D Special Topics in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Literatures: Queer Adaptations in Film, Fiction, and TV

(Prerequisite: two lower-level English courses, at least one in literature.) This course studies changes in LGBT/Queer characters, story lines, settings, and other issues when stories shift from one medium to another: from novel or play to film, from film to fan fiction, from TV to spinoff novel, etc. Some of these adaptations “straighten” the original text and mute or erase the queerness present there, while other adaptations highlight the presence of non-normative sexuality. Students’ purpose in the course will be to consider the possible reasons behind changes made in adapting stories for different media, including the intended audience, the historical and cultural situation, and other factors. The course also pays close attention to both the conventions of genre and to the limits and possibilities of different media on what kinds of stories get told in what kinds of ways. This course fills the upper division literature, art, or culture requirement for the LGBT Studies Certificate or Minor.

LGBT 359K Special Topics in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Literatures: Sexual Poetics

(Prerequisite: two lower-level English courses, at least one in literature.) This team-taught course will explore the erotics of American and British poetry from the nineteenth century to the present day. Many of the “major,” most canonized poets in the American and British traditions are widely recognized as lesbian, gay, or queer (Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Amy Levy, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Elizabeth Bishop, Adrienne Rich, Marilyn Hacker, Essex Hemphill, the previous American poet laureate Kay Ryan, and the current British poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy), and many others foreground sex, gender, and desire as key dynamics of their work (John Keats, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and Sylvia Plath, just to name a few). Our class will take a transatlantic approach to thinking about poetry, combining the expertise of one specialist in American poetry and one in the British tradition. While we will probe ways in which poetic erotics are inflected by issues of race, gender, class, and high/low culture, we will especially scrutinize ways in which the performances and receptions of poets identified (by themselves or others) as LGBT or queer may perpetuate, challenge, and modify cultural mythologies about sexualities and their relevance to national, literary, artistic, aesthetic, and political endeavors. Classwork will include two essays (5 pages), active participation, and a final exam. This course fills the upper division literature, art, or culture requirement for the LGBT Studies Certificate or Minor.

LGBT 359M: Special Topics in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Literatures: Queer Comedy

(Prerequisite: two lower-level English courses, at least one in literature.) Comedy is always queer, challenging conventional perspectives, turning our attentions to the unexpected, and turning the expected and accepted on its head, as it were. In this course, though we will make extensive use of the world wide web, the WWW stands for Witty Women Writers—bold, wry, playful, challenging “women” (both actual females and males in drag) who use humor to facilitate more full expression. Humor serves a wide variety of purposes. Comic relief can liven the tiresome mundane, ease great pain, inflect unbearable news or information so that it is bearable and can be received. Especially important for our course of study is that queers, women, and other groups traditionally regarded as minorities or disfranchised have long used humor to contest rigid and repressive orthodoxies in the hope of resituating their own relationship to society as a whole and thus transform society, or at least their relation to and status in society. Such use of humor will center our critical inquiry. We will explore by reading and rereading, from the page and from screens (of computer, cinema, and television), selected works from centuries of transatlantic literature and artistic performance. Though they are not quite like Wanda Sykes or Margaret Cho (whom we will examine), we will read writers such as Jane Austen (!), Emily Dickinson, Gertrude Stein, Allen Ginsberg, Essex Hemphill, as well as examine the work of a number of gay comedians, and Whoopi Goldberg, Lucille Ball, Mary Tyler Moore (!), Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner, and Ellen Degeneres as we rethink customary divisions between high and low, public and private art and artistic performance. Queer cartoonists such as Alison Bechdel and Howard Cruse are also likely to be part of our “mystery ride” through queer comedy. Issues of race, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, and class will inform our critical inquiry. If you don’t see a comic or writer on this list whom you’d really like to study, email me and make a suggestion. Two papers, an oral presentation, a final, and an appreciation for the importance of having fun required. This course fills the upper division literature, art, or culture requirement for the LGBT Studies Certificate or Minor.

LGBT 386 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Organization Internship

(Prerequisite: 9 credits in LGBT Studies & permission of the program.) Supervised internship experience with a community organization that expressly serves lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. Students will be expected to relate course material to experience in an analysis of an organization’s activities. Students in the LGBT Certificate or Minor program can use LGBT386 to fill the Capstone Course requirement. GenEd Cultural Competency.

LGBT 398A Special Topics in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies: The Queer Child

Why do many assume that a feminine boy will be gay, but think that a seven-year old is too young to self-identify as a lesbian? What is it like to navigate elementary school as a six-year old trans This interdisciplinary course draws on psychology, literature, history, trans studies, queer theory, and childhood studies, to examine how we think about children’s gender and sexuality, paying particular attention to the lives of transgender, gender-nonconforming, gender-creative and gay children. This course fills the upper division personal, social, political, or historical requirement for the LGBT Studies Certificate or Minor. GenEd Understanding Plural Societies.

LGBT 398C Special Topics in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies: Queer and Trans Collaborations

(Prerequisite: Junior standing; LGBT 200 or permission of the program.) An interdisciplinary investigation of queer social theory, with particular attention to discussions of assimilationist and radical politics within queer and trans communities. Topics explored include same-sex marriage, capitalism, and consumerism. Focus on students’ participation as informed, conscientious, and responsible citizens in the struggle for social justice for all. This course fills the upper division personal, social, political, or historical requirement for the LGBT Studies Certificate or Minor.

LGBT 398L Special Topics in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies: LGBT Stories: Page, Stage, and Screen

(Prerequisite: Junior standing; LGBT 200 or permission of the program.) In LGBT Stories: Page, Stage, and Screen, students examine a series of texts that tell stories about LGBT people during the twentieth century. Together, these texts invite us to ask questions about LGBT experiences during the twentieth century including, What do stories about LGBT people tell us? How do these narratives support and challenge contemporary histories of LGBT people? What can we learn today from LGBT stories from the past? In addition, the texts in this course raise questions about the different media through which artists tell stories. Students will discuss questions related to medium such as, How are stories constructed? How does the medium—novels, poetry, films, plays, critical writing—change how stories stories are told? The course will culminate with students researching and telling stories of their own choosing designed for the page, stage, or screen. This course fills the upper division literature, art, or culture requirement for the LGBT Studies Certificate or Minor. GenEd Understanding Plural Societies.

LGBT 398Q Special Topics in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies: Applied Contextual Leadership: Facilitation and Leadership Skills in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, or Ally Organizations

(Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.) Also offered as EDCP 318Q. Interested students must determine an instructor-approved leadership or facilitation project before signing up. Students will hone skills in a wide range of areas, including facilitation, interpersonal communication, organization building, and organizing for social change. Students will apply evidence-based leadership practices in an LGBTQA organizational context, and will be expected to analyze their learning and demonstrate growth. Contact Nicholas Sakurai for more information and permission to register. Approved LGBT elective. GenEd Understanding Plural Societies.

LGBT 407 Gay and Lesbian Philosophy

Also offered as PHIL407. Not open to students who have completed PHIL407. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: PHIL407 or LGBT407. An examination in historical and social context of personal, cultural, and political aspects of gay and lesbian life, paying particular attention to conceptual, ontological, epistemological, and social justice issues. This course fills the upper division personal, social, political, or historical requirement for the LGBT Studies Certificate or Minor. Core D.

LGBT 448 Special Topics in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies

(Prerequisite: Junior standing; LGBT 200 or permission of the program.) Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs. Not open to students who have completed CMLT498Y. Formerly CMLT498Y. Developments in theories and methods of LGBT Studies, with emphasis upon interaction between the humanities and the social sciences in the elaboration of this interdisciplinary area of scholarship. Past special topics courses have included: Law and Identities, LGBT Families, Asian American Sexualities, and Sex and the City. Core D. GenEd Understanding Plural Societies.

LGBT 448A Special Topics in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies: HIV/AIDS: Politics, Culture, and Science

(Prerequisite: Junior standing; LGBT 200 or permission of the program.) This course introduces the political, social, cultural, and medical constructions of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Drawing upon diverse interdisciplinary texts, we will investigate the pandemic’s historical epidemiology; state, medical, and grassroots responses to AIDS; and evolving media representations of AIDS. We will explore both continuities and changes in these dynamics from local, national, and transnational perspectives. To do so, we will focus primarily on examples from the United States and the Global South. This course fills the upper division personal, social, political, or historical requirement for the LGBT Studies Certificate or Minor. Core D. GenEd Understanding Plural Societies.

LGBT 448B Special Topics in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies: Queer Space and Media Cultures

(Prerequisite: Junior standing; LGBT 200 or permission of the program.) Examines how the lives of sexual minorities have been shaped by media technologies and material geographies. Possible topics include: public sex and pornography; queer gentrification, race, and visual culture; medical tourism and body modification; transnational migration and global queer cinema. This course fills the upper division personal, social, political, or historical requirement for the LGBT Studies Certificate or Minor. Core D. GenEd Understanding Plural Societies.

LGBT 448C Special Topics in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies: Sex and the City

(Prerequisite: Junior standing; LGBT 200 or permission of the program.) This class will adopt an interdisciplinary approach to the study of gender, race, sexuality, and geography. The class will include an expansive understanding of marginalized sexualities to include those outside of dominant racialized concepts of heterosexuality. Possible units include Progressive-era city reforms, sub-cultural studies of the Chicago School, the history of pre-Stonewall sexual minority communities, “slumming” and sex tourism, the Moynihan Report and “culture of poverty” debates, race-, gender-, and sexuality-based social movements, theories of the public versus private sphere, accessibility and the built environment, theories of race, gender, and sexual migration, public sex, gentrification, street safety and the politics of violence, new transnational human rights and development models, and the language of space in counter-publics and cultural production. This course fills the upper division personal, social, political, or historical requirement for the LGBT Studies Certificate or Minor. Core D. GenEd Understanding Plural Societies.

LGBT 448E Special Topics in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies: Asian American Sexualities

(Prerequisite: Junior standing; LGBT 200 or permission of the program.) Grounded in interdisciplinary approaches, this course investigates Asian American Sexualities from multiple conceptual and methodological angles. Paying close attention to historical, cultural, political, and social constructions of sexual knowledge and identities, the central purpose of this course is to broadly examine the multiple meanings of sexuality to Asian Americans, a diverse group defined by limitless differences. Approved LGBT elective. Core D. GenEd Understanding Plural Societies.

LGBT 448F Special Topics in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies: LGBT Families

(Prerequisite: Junior standing; LGBT 200 or permission of the program.) In this course, we examine the shifting meanings and practices of families within LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer) communities and vis-à-vis notions of “the family” in the United States more broadly. We consider the myriad configurations of family created by LGBTQ-identified people, and how these have intersected with, assimilated into, and deconstructed the very notion of “the family” in the U.S. national imaginary. We explore the ways in which both the concept of family and actual families are deployed as “proof” of authenticity by advocates and opponents of LGBTQ family formations. We reflect on how the increasing visibility of LGBTQ families has changed the face and direction of LGBTQ organizations and the legal regulation of LGBTQ families. We conclude by examining what it means to reconceptualize “families” both formally and informally in ways that are more inclusive. This course fills the upper division personal, social, political, or historical requirement for the LGBT Studies Certificate or Minor. Core D. GenEd Understanding Plural Societies.

LGBT 448G Special Topics in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies: Where the Wilde Things Are: Queer Identities in Drama and Performance

(Prerequisite: Junior standing.) The AIDS crisis of the 1980s brought gay lives into the forefront of cultural discussion. Yet, throughout the twentieth century, theatre presented a range of dramatic representations of queer lives, and it has been integral in shaping the public’s perceptions about sexuality and sexual identity as well as in influencing the ways queer communities think about and define themselves. This course looks at representations of queer identity in American theatre, starting with the rippling affect of the English plays of Oscar Wilde and his groundbreaking trial for “gross indecency” and ending with contemporary representations of queer identity in drama, performance art, and culture. The course will include a range of dramatic representation of queer identities, including the tortured characters of playwrights such as Lillian Hellman and Tennessee Williams, post-Stonewall assertions of gay pride in the plays of Mart Crowley, the politically-engaged response to AIDS crisis in the plays of Larry Kramer and Tony Kushner, and queer culture’s appropriation of “camp” in the works of John Cameron Mitchell, Tim Miller, and Holly Hughes. The course will also consider performative aspects of gay and lesbian culture off the traditional theatrical stage – from performance artists like Holly Hughes, to gay pride parades, to the performance of drag kings and queens. Approved LGBT elective. Core D. GenEd Understanding Plural Societies.

LGBT 448J Special Topics in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies: International LGBT Issues

(Prerequisite: Junior standing.) Investigation of sex, sexuality, and gender that focuses on specific political, social, and historical contexts of various countires and cultures. In particular, an examination of how non-normative sexualities and genders have been shaped by and have responded to histories of colonialism, transnational media, international non-governmental organizations, and the politics of the “global gay.” This course fills the upper division personal, social, political, or historical requirement for the LGBT Studies Certificate or Minor. Core D. GenEd Understanding Plural Societies.

LGBT 448K Special Topics in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies: Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Human Rights

(Prerequisite: Junior standing.) In an increasingly interconnected world, recent human rights violations against LGBT people have drawn unprecedented attention from the global community. In this course, we will explore how LGBT people and their allies have staked claims to inclusion in the international human rights system developed in the aftermath of World War II; the resistance to recognizing sexual orientation and gender identity/expression as protected categories under human rights law; and how LGBT human rights are intertwined with other critical issues in civil society. This course fills the upper division personal, social, political, or historical requirement for the LGBT Studies Certificate or Minor. Core D. GenEd Understanding Plural Societies.

LGBT 448L Special Topics in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies: Law and Identities 

(Prerequisite: Junior standing; LGBT 200 or permission of the program.) This course is designed to allow students to explore the complex and contested interactions between the law and the construction of group and individual identities. Students will study theories of identity and community including racial, gender, religious, national, and sexual, and will focus on how the law has been central in defining, rewarding, and punishing difference. After a general examination of how diverse communities define themselves and their legal and contemporary problems, the class will engage with the current research of faculty and outside speakers. Approved LGBT elective. Core D. GenEd Understanding Plural Societies.

LGBT 448M Special Topics in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies: Advanced Study of Queer Latina/o Cultures: Migration and Sexuality

(Prerequisite: Junior standing; LGBT 200 or permission of the program.) With a focus on LGBTQ Latina/o sexuality and migration, this course introduces students to the operation of “queer” as seen through various artistic, legal, historic, scholarly, and popular discourses relating to LGBTQ Latina/o cultures and identities. We will examine the conventional and unconventional ways LGBTQ Latina/o sexualities “move” through these discourses and determine how migrations (or movements) alter the expression, representation, and production of LGBTQ Latina/o cultures and identities. The expression, representation, and cultural production of LGBTQ Latina/o cultures and identities will be examined through a wide-range of both primary and secondary sources, which will be used by students to develop an original research project. Students will be introduced to the theoretical frameworks used when examining the shifting categories of race, sexuality, and other identities, and we will integrate campus resources, events, and speakers into our discussions to illuminate these frameworks. This course fills the upper division literature, art, or culture requirement for the LGBT Studies Certificate or Minor. Core D. GenEd Understanding Plural Societies.

LGBT 448N Special Topics in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies: Art and Sexuality in Latin America

(Prerequisite: Junior standing; LGBT 200 or permission of the program.) Latin Americans have historically used transgressive art and literature to critique and resist gender and sexual norms. Focusing on Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Cuba, and Nicaragua, this interdisciplinary course will examine contemporary and historical portrayals of sexuality and non-normative gender through the lenses of film, visual art, literature, and music. This course fills the upper division literature, art, culture requirement for the LGBT Studies Certificate or Minor. Core D. GenEd Understanding Plural Societies.

LGBT 448Q Special Topics in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies: Queer Citizenship: Perspectives on Bodies, Sexualities, and Performances

(Prerequisite: Junior standing) What does it mean to “queer” citizenship? In this class, we will examine the processes and practices of citizenship in everyday life with a specific focus on LGBTQ cultures and identities. Beginning with Thomas Marshall’s concept of citizenship, we will examine the history of citizenship in the U.S. with a “queer” lens and identify how exclusion and inclusion operate within citizenship formations of “minority” groups. We will examine the mobilizations and political and cultural affiliations of LGBTQ communities to understand the changing historical and material contexts of citizenship that produce new forms of identity and new forms of belonging. Citizenship is neither stable nor fixed, but rather, a set of processes performed through the body. We will examine how bodies activate different cultural expressions to perform citizenship. Citizenship statuses are continually redefined, negotiated, and debated as they come to be articulated within different forms of nationalist discourses and cultural traditions.

This course seeks to understand how marginalized or “minority” LGBTQ groups resist, negotiate, and/or incorporate issues of citizenship in their everyday lives primarily through various artistic expressions. Going beyond legal frameworks of citizenship, but without ignoring them, this course reframes citizenship to highlight the cultural aspects of identity that have been excluded from legal discourse to underscore the expressive, communal, and artistic frames that create different forms of membership illustrating LGBTQ self-making and self-determination. Finally, we will examine how LGBTQ cultures, sexualities, and identities have changed, disrupted, or modified early conventions of citizenship and theorize the potentials for a 21st-Century “queer” citizenship. This course fills the upper division literature, art, or culture requirement for the LGBT Studies Certificate or Minor. Core D. GenEd Understanding Plural Societies.

LGBT 448R Special Topics in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies: From Ricky Ricardo to Jennifer Lopez: Exploring Latina/o Gender and Sexuality in Popular Culture

(Prerequisite: Junior standing) The objective of this course is to examine how race/ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and class are constructed by and in relation to Latin@s in US popular culture. Using the theory of intersectionality, we explore popular culture in the forms of television, film, music, and literature. Specifically, this course considers themese of hypersexuality, femininities/masculinities, identity across borders, assimilation, and Latin@ queerness. Approved LGBT elective. Core D. GenEd Understanding Plural Societies.

LGBT 448RR Special Topics in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies: Queer Mags and Rags: Studies in 20th Century LGBT Print Culture

(Prerequisite: Junior standing; LGBT 200 or permission of the program.) Throughout the 20th century, LGBT people produced, distributed, and read books, journal, magazines and newspapers. This printed material was central to LGBT identity formation and a variety of forms of activism. This course offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of LGBT communities through publishing in the 20th century. Students will read original materials published by LGBT activists with scholarly analyses about the meanings of these printed artifacts. The class will explore these questions: what role does printed material have in LGBT identity formations? How are race, gender, and sexuality represented in LGBT printed material? How does print culture mobilize LGBT activism? What communications circuits do LGBT publishers use and create? How have they changed since the advent of the internet?

Particularly in the short but intense summer session, this is an intensive, but rewarding reading and research course. In addition to daily writing, students will complete a final project either individually or in a group that analyzes some aspect of historical or contemporary LGBT print culture. Approved LGBT elective. Core D. GenEd Understanding Plural Societies.

LGBT 448W Special Topics in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies: Sex, Gender, and Jewish Identity”

(Prerequisite: Junior standing) This is a course about Jewish bodies and how they are represented and interpreted in the construction of cultural meaning. Our work this semester will think in terms of gendered bodies and sexual bodies, feminine and masculine bodies in conflict and confluence, bodies that bleed and bodies that reproduce. We will ask how social norms contribute to individual identity and how individuals make sense of social categories.

Although the class is not necessarily “theory-driven,” we will take advantage of theoretical scholarship to ask new questions about sex, gender, sexuality, and social location. In addition to rethinking the factors that distinguish these categories, we will attempt to resist their simple bifurcation into the subsets male and female. Instead, we will make an effort to explore the complexities that become visible when those categories are queried, queered, or transgressed.

For our work in an upper-level Jewish Studies class, we will need to expect some basic familiarity with Jewish history, halakha, sacred texts, and the like. These concepts will be introduced on the first day of class, and students with less background in basic Judaism may wish to do some follow-up reading. Students with more background in this area should prepare for a surprise or two. This course fills the upper division personal, social, political, or historical requirement for the LGBT Studies Certificate or Minor. Core D. GenEd Understanding Plural Societies.

LGBT 448Y: Special Topics in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies: Erotics, Dickinson, and American Women Poets

(Prerequisite: two lower-level English courses, at least one in literature.) Never married, so selective about whose company she kept that she has been called “reclusive” and even “nun-like,” Emily Dickinson has nevertheless been the subject of endless erotic speculation—heterosexual, queer, lesbian—most recently in a film featuring Sex in the City star Cynthia Nixon. Described as fiery and fun by all who actually knew her, Dickinson wrote poetry and letters that are infused with the erotic. This course explores the archives of her queer lives and queer status in American literary history, the 21st-century digital archives and editions produced about her work and lives, the physical archives of her work that one finds in special collections of libraries, the erotic archives of women poets who followed her, and the archives of our attentions as readers. An intensive study of lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/queer inscriptions by Dickinson, this course also examines inscriptions in the legacies of American poetry and culture that she has inspired, especially in contemporary poetry—Adrienne Rich, Audre Lorde, Gwendolyn Brooks, Marilyn Hacker and others. Probing how her work and legacies are evident in poetic heirs, as well as how they have been translated into different media (films, TV shows, drama, multimedia performances, rock & roll) and are inflected by issues of race, gender, class, and high/low culture, we will scrutinize ways in which the performances and receptions of this icon of American literary history may perpetuate, challenge, and modify national and international cultural mythologies. This course fills the upper division literature, art, or culture requirement for the LGBT Studies Certificate or Minor. Core D. GenEd Understanding Plural Societies.

LGBT 459 Selected Topics in Sexuality and Literature

(Prerequisite: two lower-level English courses, at least one in literature.) Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs. Also offered as ENGL459. Detailed study of sexuality as an aspect of literary and cultural expression. Past courses have included: Trans Literature. This course fills the upper division literature, art, or culture requirement for the LGBT Studies Certificate or Minor.

LGBT 459A: Special Topics in Sexuality and Literature: Trans Literature

(Prerequisite: two lower-level English courses, at least one in literature.) For the purposes of this course, the term “trans literature” will describe literary and cinematic representations of a broad range of gender variance and ambiguity, from gender queerness and transitivity to hormonally and surgically defined transsexualism. Our study of novels, memoirs, autobiographies, and film will be supplemented by theoretical interventions by Judith Halberstam, Jay Prosser, Sandy Stone, Susan Stryker, and others who have recently brought trans issues to the forefront of LGBT and queer studies. Throughout, we will be interested in questions of embodiment; the role of medical and legal authorities in the construction of trans identities and of trans subjects challenging those constructions; issues of safety, risk, visibility, and passing; debates about whether the “proper” ending of trans stories is a sense of being “at home” in a male or female body or of being “in-between” genders. We will also give careful consideration to the ethics of producing and consuming trans stories. Work for the course will include response papers, a group oral presentation, a 12-15 page essay, and a final exam. This course fills the upper division literature, art, or culture requirement for the LGBT Studies Certificate or Minor.

LGBT 459M: Special Topics in Sexuality and Literature: American Poetry: Beginning to the Present (American Sexual Poetics Revisited)

(Prerequisite: two lower-level English courses, at least one in literature.) Many of the “major,” most canonized poets in American traditions are widely recognized as lesbian, gay, or queer (Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Elizabeth Bishop, Hart Crane), and the various sexual dynamics of American literary history will contextualize our study as we begin by focusing on Dickinson and Whitman.

An intensive study of lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/queer inscriptions in American poetry, this course will then examine the poetic productions and cultural reproductions of poets such as the diverse group collected into the Masquerade anthology, including these names you might well recognize: W. H. Auden, Elizabeth Bishop, Willa Cather, Hart Crane, Countee Cullen, Alice Dunbar-Nelson, H.D., Angeline Weld Grimké, Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Langston Hughes, Sarah Orne Jewett, Amy Lowell, Mina Loy, Claude McKay, Herman Melville, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Richard Bruce Nugent, Muriel Rukeyser, George Santayana, May Sarton, Gertrude Stein, Henry David Thoreau. Besides those, we will read Adrienne Rich, Audre Lorde, Judy Grahn, and Minnie Bruce Pratt, Allen Ginsberg, James Baldwin, Essex Hemphill, Frank O’Hara, Paul Monette, May Swenson, and current poet laureate, Kay Ryan. While we will probe ways in which LGBT or queer expressions are inflected by issues of race, gender, class, and high/low culture, we will especially scrutinize ways in which the performances and receptions of poets identified (by themselves or others) as LGBT or queer may perpetuate, challenge, and modify cultural mythologies about sexualities and their relevance to national, literary, artistic, aesthetic, and political endeavors.

Written assignments will be a response paper, a short (2-3 pp.) paper and a longer, more ambitious essay (7-10 pp.) exploring in depth some aspect raised by our course of study, as well as regular participation in the discussion boards (this will count as one of your exams). Collaborative writing endeavors are welcomed. Our meetings will often depend upon group work for leading discussions in the individual sessions, and each class member will participate in a group presentation. This course fills the upper division literature, art, or culture requirement for the LGBT Studies Certificate or Minor.

LGBT 465 Theories of Sexuality and Literature

(Prerequisite: two lower-level English courses, at least one in literature.) Also offered as ENGL465. Not open to students who have completed ENGL465. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: ENGL465 or LGBT465. An in-depth study of the ways in which sexuality and sexual difference create or confound the conditions of meaning in the production of literary texts. Attention to psychoanalysis, history of sexuality, feminist theory, and other accounts of sexual identity. This course fills the upper division literature, art, or culture requirement for the LGBT Studies Certificate or Minor.

LGBT 488 Seminar in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies

(Prerequisites: 9 credits in LGBT Studies and permission of program.) Recommended: LGBT200 and LGBT265 or CMLT291. Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs. Not open to students who have completed CMLT498Y. Formerly CMLT498Y. Developments in theories and methods of LGBT Studies, with emphasis upon interaction between the humanities and the social sciences in the elaboration of this interdisciplinary area of scholarship. Past seminar topics have included: LGBTQ Politics and Social Movements, Race, Sexuality and the Transnational, Queering Citizenship. Students in the LGBT Certificate or Minor program can use LGBT488 to fill the Capstone Course requirement.

LGBT 488A Seminar in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies: Race, Sexuality, and the Transnational

(Prerequisites: 9 credits in LGBT Studies and permission of program.) Recommended: LGBT200 and LGBT265 or CMLT291. Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs. Not open to students who have completed CMLT498Y. Formerly CMLT498Y. This class adopts an historical and contemporary lens to investigate how racial and sexual difference have been produced and regulated–and systems of subjugation resisted–within “national” and “transnational” frames. Putting postcolonial, critical race, and queer theory into conversation, this class not only looks at those moments in which the construction of difference has been paired with structures of dominance, but also examines different epistemologies for understanding identity and strategies for routing power. Topics include colonial histories, postcolonial politics, diaspora, immigration, translation, globalization, human rights, neoliberalism, and nationalism. Interdisciplinary in scope, readings will draw from across the social sciences and humanities. Students in the LGBT Certificate or Minor program can use LGBT488 to fill the Capstone Course requirement.

LGBT 488D Seminar in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies: Queer Theory and the Politics of Death

(Prerequisites: 9 credits in LGBT Studies and permission of program.) Recommended: LGBT200 and LGBT265. Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs. Examines debates in queer theory that address the relationship of sex, eroticism, non-normativity, and death. Possible topics include: the death drive; HIV/AIDS; sadomasochism; anti-queer violence; sex, war, and terror. Students in the LGBT Certificate or Minor program can use LGBT488 to fill the Capstone Course requirement.

LGBT 488F Seminar in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies: Queer Futures

(Prerequisites: 9 credits in LGBT Studies and permission of program.) Recommended: LGBT200 and LGBT265 or CMLT291. Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs. Not open to students who have completed CMLT498Y. Formerly CMLT498Y. The world of LGBTQ cultures and politics is a rapidly changing one. In this course, we’ll read scholarship and engage with fiction, art, and media whose focus has been on the meaning and possibility of a queerer future – one that would create transformative change in the structures of gender, sexuality, empire, race, and/or disability. Texts for discussion are likely to include writings by J. Jack Halberstam, Sara Ahmed, Fred Moten and Stefano Harney, Dean Spade, Mel Chen, Samuel R. Delany, and Octavia Butler, and the films Jubilee (1978) and Born in Flames (1984). These works, which describe diverse possibilities for refusing the status quo and/or imagining a different world, will provide a springboard for students’ own research into – and creation of – possible futures for LGBTQ culture, art, and activism. Students in the LGBT Certificate or Minor program can use LGBT488F to fill the Capstone Course requirement.

LGBT 494 Lesbian Communities and Differences

(Prerequisite: One course in Women’s Studies, preferably WMST200.) Also offered as WMST494. Not open to students who have completed WMST494. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: WMST494 or LGBT494. The meanings of lesbian communities across many lines of difference. Using lesbian feminists of the 1970s as a starting point, we will look both back and forward in history, tracing changes and exploring the meanings of these in their social and historical contexts. This course fills the upper division personal, social, political, or historical requirement for the LGBT Studies Certificate or Minor.

LGBT 499 Independent Study

(Prerequisite: LGBT200 and permission of department.) Individual Instruction course: contact department or instructor to obtain section number. Senior standing. Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs. Directed research and analysis in LGBT Studies on a topic selected by the student.

Graduate Required Courses

WMST 601 Approaches to Women’s Studies I (3 credits) This course examines two fundamental concepts in Women’s Studies: Intersectionality and interdisciplinarity. It looks at how feminisms have shaped and been shaped by the processes of knowledge-production within and across disciplinary boundaries, cultures, and paradigms. The course works to develop an appreciation of intersectional theory as a critical research tool and as a set of responses to issues of power, domination, oppression and other loci of difference.

WMST 602 Approaches to Women’s Studies II (3 credits) A continued examination of two fundamental concepts in Women’s Studies: Intersectionality and interdisciplinarity. It looks at how feminisms have shaped and been shaped by the processes of knowledge-production within and across disciplinary boundaries, cultures, and paradigms. The course works to develop an appreciation of intersectional theory as a critical research tool and as a set of responses to issues of power, domination, oppression and other loci of difference.

WMST 618 Feminist Pedagogy (3 credits) This course is designed to train students to teach in the women’s studies classroom. Students work as apprentices within a course taught by a full-time faculty member, learn to lead discussion sections, prepare and present class sessions, develop a syllabus, and problem-solve about pedagogical issues.

WMST 619 Supervised Teaching (3 credits) This course provides Women’s Studies graduate teaching assistants with ongoing regular faculty supervision during the semesters the students are teaching WMST courses. Students meet several times during the semester for group discussion about progress and problems. Faculty provide written evaluations of students’ work in the classroom near the beginning and conclusion of their assistantships.

WMST 621 Feminist Theories and Women’s Movements: Genealogies (3 credits) This course will examine the various theories that feminists have offered to explain the matrix of domination from the nineteenth century to the present. It is structured so that students will learn the key debates that produced new insights and shifted the ground of subsequent feminist theorizing within multi-racial feminisms and to examine those debates within global perspectives. We will also examine how dominant theoretical frameworks have been developed at specific historical moments, question their purpose in the moment of that construction and their current usefulness.

WMST 628 Women’s Studies Colloquium (1 credit) The colloquium is designed to introduce students to the women’s studies community both on and off campus and to facilitate their transition into the doctoral program and the profession through providing professional development. As a result, the seminar is designed to help students deepen their understanding of women’s studies as an intellectual concern, an academic enterprise, a profession and a social movement and to begin the process of locating themselves within it. The content of the course seeks to create opportunities in which students can reflect upon and process their experiences in the classroom, interact with WMST and affiliate faculty and with one another.

WMST 799 Master’s Research Supervision (1-6 credits)

WMST 899 Doctoral Dissertation Research Supervision (1-8 credits)

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