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SP.406 / WMN.406 Sexual and Gender Identities, Fall 2005

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dc.coverage.temporal Fall 2005 2007-10-05T07:56:01Z 2007-10-05T07:56:01Z 2005-12
dc.identifier SP.406-Fall2005
dc.identifier.other SP.406
dc.identifier.other WMN.406
dc.identifier.other IMSCP-MD5-f9d5e5b069a806db4ae36a0ea589a3f5
dc.description.abstract This course introduces scholarly debates about sexual identities, gender identities and expressions, and sexual orientation and its representation in various media. We begin with an investigation of the theoretical underpinnings of the emerging field of queer studies, from the nineteenth century to the present day. Tracing theories of and about gender, sexuality and sexual identity over time, we will examine the genealogy of "queer" as a term that has emerged to trouble and challenge static and essentialized notions of identity. The social, cultural, and political effect of "queer" has been to pose critical challenges to gay/lesbian/straight identities predicated on a sexual binary. Queer studies shifts the focus of inquiry from sexual identities to sexual practices, many of which contradict traditional assumptions about the relationships between sex, gender, and sexuality. The course moves from a philosophical consideration of key theoretical texts (Foucault, Freud, Sedgwick, Rubin, Butler, etc.) to an exploration of the impact of those theories on historical and contemporary sexual and gender identities and communities. en
dc.language.iso en-US
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dc.subject women en
dc.subject gender studies en
dc.subject sexual identity en
dc.subject gender identities en
dc.subject gender en
dc.subject queer en
dc.subject sexual orientation en
dc.subject queer studies en
dc.subject gay en
dc.subject lesbian en
dc.subject straight identities en
dc.subject sexual practices en
dc.subject sexuality en
dc.subject freud en
dc.subject foucault en
dc.subject sedgwick en
dc.subject rubin en
dc.subject butler en
dc.subject homosexuality en
dc.subject homosexual en
dc.subject gay marriage en
dc.subject AIDs en
dc.subject feminism en
dc.title SP.406 / WMN.406 Sexual and Gender Identities, Fall 2005 en
dc.title.alternative Sexual and Gender Identities en
dc.audience.educationlevel Undergraduate
dc.subject.cip 050208 en
dc.subject.cip Gay/Lesbian Studies en

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