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English: Gender & Sex in Lit Studies

ENGS 110 OL1 (CRN: 60919)

3 Credit Hours

For crosslists see: GSWS 196 OL1

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About ENGS 110 OL1

Courses address writing by women and LGBT authors and/or literary representations of gender and society. May be repeated for credit with different content. Pre/co-requisites: Three hours in English numbered ENGS 005 - ENGS 096; Sophomore standing.


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Dates: July 13 - August 7, 2015; Prereqs: ENGS 005,006,011,012,013,014, 021,022,023,024,025,026,027,028,030,031,032,040,041,042, 050,051,053,057,061,065,081,085,086,095 or 096 Cross listed with GSWS 196 OL1;

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In his March 1st 2015 Interview with The Guardian, British actor Russell Tovey (Looking, HBO) gave thanks to his father for keeping him from becoming ?really effeminate.? His comments were immediately met with anger and disappointment from some fans. In gay hook-up/dating apps, it has become a commonplace of queer male culture to communicate one?s desire for straight-acting masculine men [?Please No fats, fems, or Asians. Be masculine.?] In Provincetown, Mass., the weekend at the end of May known among the town?s folk as Baby Dyke Weekend is typically the most rough-and-tumble event of the summer. And in Hollywood cinema, actors such as John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, and Mark Wahlberg have helped define straight-identified masculinity in the U.S. This course helps students develop an understanding of how masculinities, constructed and reconstructed over time, have shaped and continue to constitute western individual identities and institutions. We will read literary texts and essays that critique and celebrate a monolithic notion of ?maleness? and those that explore female and transgender masculinities, paying attention along the way to the how this constructed gender intersects with race, class, gender, ability, nationality, and sexuality. We will read influential texts by Coyote, Leslie Feinberg, E. Lynn Harris, Ernest Hemingway, Chuck Palahniuk, Ann Proulx, Walt Whitman, and Tennessee Williams; critics such as Judith Butler, Eve Sedgwick, Michael Kimmel, and Judith Halberstam; examine films like Street Car Named Desire, Tongues Untied, Birdcage, Boys Don?t Cry, Fight Club, and Wolf on Wall Street, and review images by J. C. Leyendecker, Joe Oppedisano, and Inked Kenny. Students will respond to lecture questions, write two brief reaction papers, and one term paper.


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