Jun 19, 2019  
2018-2019 College of Liberal Arts 
    
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ENGL 304 - Sexuality and Gender in 19th Century Literature and Culture

4 credits
Through reading of nineteenth-century novels, poetry, prose, theoretical texts, and visual images, this course will explore the complex and shifting understandings of gender and sexuality in the period. Among the topics considered will be the construction of heterosexuality and heterosexual marriage; marriage resistance and the ‘new women’; constructions of dominant and deviant masculinities and femininities; homosocial and homosexual love and homosexual panics; prostitution and the disciplining of female sexuality, suffrage and the campaigns for women’s autonomy; as well as the codes, narratives, and images through which these are represented. The course will also ask how gender and sexuality have been deployed by 20th/ 21st century critics as lenses for reading the literature and culture of this period and how those approaches have shifted over time in dialogue with other critical approaches. Equivalent to WGST 304   CLA-Breadth/Humanities, CLA-Diversity US, CLA-Writing Intensive



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