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Spring 2017-2018
COM 530 / ENG 520 / GSS 530   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Comparative Poetics of Passing: Race, Ethnicity, Sexuality

Lital Levy

The expansion of race theory from the Americas into the global scene invites a cross-cultural approach to the fluidity of identity. This seminar investigates fiction and film from the African American, Jewish American, LGBTQ, and Israeli-Palestinian contexts to broadly explore how society constructs and deconstructs race, ethnicity, and gender. It focuses on representations of passing and reverse passing as well as doubled/split identities for a wide-ranging, comparative discussion of the political and the psychological dynamics of identity and selfhood.

Sample reading list:
Nella Larsen, Passing
Mark Twain, Pudd'nhead Wilson
Sayed Kashua, Second Person Singular
Phillip Roth, The Human Stain
Eve Sedgwick Kosofsky, The Epistemology of the Closet

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 50%
Oral Presentation(s) - 50%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43604 S01 10:00:00 am - 01:00:00 pm Th        Enrolled:0 Limit:15