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Fall 2012-2013
* FRE 354 / CHV 353 / GSS 353 (LA)   No Audit

Sex, Gender and Sexuality from the Enlightenment to Today

Natasha C. Lee

At the eve of the French Revolution, debates concerning sex and gender, identity and equality erupt and announce the stakes of the democracy to come. This course will ask how representations of femininity and masculinity are established in literature, politics and aesthetic discourses from the Enlightenment to today. Inversely, what are the strategies of resistance and transgression through which individuals can, in turn, define themselves? Topics will include writing the self, pleasure, gender as heuristic tool, and the intersection of sex, race and class, in texts ranging from travel narratives to memoirs, as well as in contemporary film.

Sample reading list:
Beauvoir, Le Deuxième sexe
Laclos, Les Liaisons dangereuses
Olympe de Gouge, Déclaration des droits de la femme et de la citoyenne
Coppola, Marie-Antoinette
Godard, Une Femme est une femme
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
45-70 pages of reading per week. Readings of fiction and critical texts. Short papers and an oral presentation.

Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 30%
Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Papers - 10%
Other (See Instructor) - 30%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22959 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   East Pyne Building   012   Enrolled:5 Limit:15