Professor Halberstam Office hrs: M 11:30-1:00 pm Description:
This course is designed to introduce some of the major debates about gender and sexuality within the field of critical gender studies. We will be considering the relations between the history of sexuality and the politics of gender. We will read some primary texts in gender theory, and in the study of sexuality, desire, and embodiment. This course also provides an introduction to the interdisciplinary examination of human sexual and erotic desires, orientations, and identities. We will study how desires are constructed, how they vary and remain the same in different places and times, and how they interact with other social and cultural phenomena such as government, family, popular culture, scientific inquiry, and, especially, race and class.
Books: Hanne Blank, Straight: The Surprisingly Short History of Heterosexuality. (Boston, MA:
Beacon Press, 2012
Sigmund Freud, Three Essays. NY: Basic Books, 2000.
RW Connell, Masculinities. Los Angeles, CA: UC Press, 2005.