Schedule for WGST 202: Introduction to Gender and Sexuality (Fall 2011)

Wed, Aug. 31:

Introduction of Students, Course, & Topic

Wed, Sept. 7:

Gendering: Femininities

Required Reading: Introduction, New Sexuality Studies; John Berger, Abridged Ways of Seeing (1972) [ER]

Homework: Bring a copy of an advertisement to class (torn from a magazine or copy-pasted into a document, perhaps after being photographed with a phone/camera), and then in two paragraphs on a separate page explain how it either supports [Groups 1-4] or problematizes [Groups 5-7] one of Berger’s arguments. **Check the handout for your group assignment: http://people.emich.edu/acoykenda/202/grp.htm.

Mon, Sept. 12:

Femininities, Continued

Required Viewing: American Beauty (1999), directed by Sam Mendes, available on reserve at the Halle library circulation desk

Required Reading: Catharine MacKinnon, “Sex Equality” (1989) [ER]

Homework: Groups 5-7 must write a discussion question (or a series of interrelated questions) about American Beauty drawing on the essays of either Berger [Group 5] or MacKinnon [Groups 6-7]. Bring two copies of the questions (on separate pages) to class, one with and one without your name. All groups must be prepared to discuss these questions in class.

Wed, Sept. 14:

Gendering: Masculinities

Required Reading: Michael S. Kimmel, “Masculinity as Homophobia” (2004) [ER]

Homework: Groups 1-4 must write a 400-500 word response on American Beauty, incorporating quotations from either Berger and Kimmel [Groups 1-2] or MacKinnon and Kimmel [Groups 3-4]; Groups 5-7 must be prepared to serve as respondents when we discuss these responses in class. Submit all responses to the Turn It In website, bringing a hard copy to class for reference: http://www.turnitin.com/ (class # 4157216; password “queer”).

Mon, Sept. 19: Masculinities, Continued

Required Viewing: Full Metal Jacket (1987), directed by Stanley Kubrick, available on reserve at the Halle library circulation desk

Required Reading: Ella Shohat, Abridged “Tropes of Empire” (1994) [ER]

Homework: Groups 3-4 must write a discussion question (or a series of interrelated questions) about Full Metal Jacket [Group 3] or Shohat [Group 4]. Bring two copies of the questions (on separate pages) to class, one with and one without your name. All groups must be prepared to discuss these questions in class.

Wed, Sept. 21:

Gender in a Global Perspective

Required Reading: Uma Narayan, Abridged Dislocating Cultures (1997) [ER]

Homework: Groups 5-7 must write a 400-500 word response on Full Metal Jacket, incorporating either quotations from Kimmel and Narayan [Group 5] or Shohat and Kimmel [Group 6-7]; Groups 1-4 must be prepared to serve as respondents when we discuss these responses in class. Submit all responses to the Turn It In website, bringing a hard copy to class for reference: http://www.turnitin.com/ (class # 4157216; password “queer”).

Mon, Sept. 26:

Theorizing Sexuality

Required Reading: Gayle S. Rubin, Abridged “Thinking Sex” (1984) [ER]; Guidelines on Exam One [e1.htm]

Homework: Begin preparing for Exam One by 1) pinpointing an essay topic relating to gender and/or sexuality as represented in the films; 2) writing a clear sentence-long thesis statement, or a main argument, about that topic; 3) writing down two quotes from at least two different Section One required readings that you will use to support your claims; 4) making a list of 3-4 specific topics on which you will be focusing in each section of the essay. The resulting outline must be turned in as homework.

Wed, Sept. 28:

Historicizing Sexuality

Required Reading: Michel Foucault, “We Other Victorians” (1976) [ER]

Homework: Groups 1-2 must write a discussion question (or a series of interrelated questions) about the essays of either Rubin [Group 1] or Foucault [Group 2]. Bring two copies of the questions (on separate pages) to class, one with and one without your name. All groups must be prepared to discuss these questions in class.

Mon, Oct. 3:

Brainstorm & Review for Exam

Required Reading: “Taking Essay Examinations”; “Comparison An Analytic Tool” [ER]

Homework: Groups 1-4 must be prepared to give a brief summary in class of the essays by Berger [Group 1], MacKinnon [Group 2], Kimmel [Group 3], and Shohat [Group 4], with group members focusing on distinct sections of the essay depending on the order listed on the handout [grp.htm] and turning in a list of the 3 main arguments in their section as homework.

Wed, Oct. 5:

Review, Continued

Homework: Groups 5-7 must be prepared to give a brief summary in class of the essays by Narayan [Group 5], Rubin [Group 6], and Foucault [Group 7], with group members focusing on distinct sections of the essay depending on the order listed on the handout [grp.htm] and turning in a list of the 3 main arguments in their section as homework. All groups must get blue books, make outlines, and prepare for Exam One, and finish any outstanding responses from Section One for partial credit.

Mon, Oct. 10:

Examination One (in-class essay analyzing gender and/or sexuality in the films and incorporating select readings)

Wed, Oct. 12:

Research Essay

Required Reading: Guidelines on the Research Essay [res.htm]

In-Class Demo: Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Music (Aretha Franklin, Eminem, Anthony & The Johnsons)

Homework: Begin work on the research essay by picking your two songs and brainstorming possible topics. You will need to finalize the songs and main topic by 10/24.

Mon, Oct. 17:

NO Regular CLASS: Meet in the library for research demonstration.

Wed, Oct. 19:

Intersexuality & Transgenderism

Required Viewing: Boys Don’t Cry (1990), directed by Kimberly Peirce, available on reserve at the Halle library circulation desk

Required Reading: Susan Stryker, “An Introduction to Transgender” (2000) [ER]

Homework: Groups 5-7 must write a discussion question (or a series of interrelated questions) about either Boys Don’t Cry [Groups 5-6] or Stryker’s essay [Group 7], bringing two copies of the questions to class, one with and one without your name. Groups 1-3 must submit a 400-500 word response on Boys Don’t Cry to Turn It In, incorporating a quotation from Stryker. Note: all groups need to finalize the songs and topic for the research essay [res.htm] by 10/24 (see below), and be prepared to discuss these questions and responses in class.

Mon, Oct. 24:

Embodiment

 

Required Reading: Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home, Chapter 1-2; Anne Fausto-Sterling, “Dueling Dualisms” [ER]

Homework: All groups need to turn in the following: 1) the artist, title, album information for your two songs; 2) a one-paragraph description of your main topic, a topic relating to gender and/or sexuality as found in the songs; 3) a sentence-long thesis statement, or main argument, about that topic; 4) a list of 3-4 subtopics/sub-arguments on which you will focus in each section of the essay; 5) a copy of the lyrics for both songs as well as a web link to audio versions (for example, on YouTube). Alternately, you can copy audio files on disk, send them by email (abbcoy at gmail.com), or briefly lend me a CD.

Wed, Oct. 26:

Heteronormativity & Heterosexism

Required Reading: Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home, Chapter 3-4; Adrienne Rich, Abridged “Compulsory Heterosexuality” (1980) [ER]

Homework: Groups 3-4 must write a discussion question (or a series of interrelated questions) about Fun Home [Group 3] or Rich [Group 4] and bringing two copies of the questions to class, one with and one without your name. All groups must begin finding sources for the research essay (see homework below) by consulting the books on reserve at the library (Introducing the New Sexuality Studies, Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader, or A Queer World). The Table of Contents for the books are available in the ER.

Mon, Oct. 31:

Gender Performance

Required Reading: Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home, Chapter 5-6; Judith Butler, “Imitation and Gender Insubordination” (1990) [ER]

Homework: All groups need to turn in the following: 1) two quotations from two different chapters in the book collections on reserve at the library (four total); 2) the author name, chapter title, book title, and page number for each quotation; 3) a paragraph-long explanation of how these quotations relate to your essay topic and support your claims.

Wed, Nov. 2:

Queer Kinship

Required Reading: Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home, Chapter 7; Mary C. Burke and Kristine A. Olsen, “Queering the Family” (2006)

Homework: Groups 4-7 must submit a 400-500 word response on Fun Home to Turn It In, incorporating a quotation from either Burke /Olsen, Butler, or Rich; Groups 1-3 will serve as respondents when we discuss them in class.

Nov. 7-9:

NO REGULAR CLASS: Individual Conferences (see the Schedule [sched.pdf] for your appointment time and continue working on the essay).

Mon, Nov. 14:

Class Presentations

Optional Reading: Begin reading Octavia Butler’s Kindred (you will have to read to pg. 179 by Nov. 28)

Homework: Groups 1-3 present their research projects (describing the main topic and argument, giving one solid example, and reading a significant passage from either the chapter or article used for support). 

Wed, Nov. 16:

Class Presentations

Optional Reading: Continue reading Octavia Butler’s Kindred

Homework: Groups 3-5 present their research projects (see above)

Mon, Nov. 21:

Essay Due

Optional Reading: Continue reading Octavia Butler’s Kindred

Homework: Groups 5-7 present their research projects (see directions above)

Nov. 23-27:

NO CLASS: Fall Break (catch up on Kindred if you have yet to begin)

Mon, Nov. 28: Intersectionality

Required Reading: Octavia Butler’s Kindred, pg. 1-179; Kimberle Crenshaw, “Intersectionality and Identity Politics” [ER]

Homework: Copy two passages from the novel that concern gender and/or sexuality and that relate to each other in some way, a passage early in the novel and another towards the end of the section you just read; Make a note of the page numbers, and be prepared to turn the quotations in and discuss them during class.

Wed, Nov. 30: Racialized Sexuality

Required Reading: Octavia Butler’s Kindred, pg. 180-213; Angela Davis, “Outcast Mothers and Surrogates” [ER]

Homework: Groups 1-2 must write a discussion question about Butler’s novel, drawing on either Crenshaw’s [Group 1] or Davis’ essay [Group 2] and bringing two copies of the questions to class, one with and one without your name. All groups must be prepared to discuss these questions in class.

Mon, Dec. 5:

Kindred, Continued

Required Reading: Finish Octavia Butler’s Kindred

Homework: All groups must submit a 400-500 word response on Kindred to Turn It In, incorporating quotations from Crenshaw and Davis.

Wed, Dec. 7:

Brainstorm & Review for Exam

Required Reading: Guidelines on Exam Two [e2.htm]

Homework: Groups 4-7 must be prepared to give a brief summary in class of the essays by Stryker [Group 4], Fausto-Sterling [Group 5], Rich [Group 6], and Burke /Olsen [Group 7], with different group members focusing on distinct sections of the essay depending on the order listed on the handout [grp.htm]. A list of the 3 main arguments in your section must be turned in as homework.

Mon, Dec. 12:

Review, Continued

Optional Re-Reading: “Taking Essay Examinations”; “Comparison An Analytic Tool”  [ER]

Homework: Groups 1-3 must be prepared to give a brief summary in class of the essays by Butler [Group 1], Crenshaw [Group 2], and Davis [Group 3], with different group members focusing on distinct sections of the essay depending on the order listed on the handout [grp.htm]. A list of the 3 main arguments in your section must be turned in as homework. All groups must get blue books, make outlines, and prepare for Exam Two [e2.htm].

Wed, Dec. 14

(11:00-12:30):

Examination Two (in-class essay analyzing gender and/or sexuality in the novels and incorporating select readings)