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This course studies the treatment of sexuality in imaginative literature of the mid-nineteenth-century, a period of particular flux when the institutionalization of a strict heterosexual/homosexual binary was not fully in place, when gender roles and conceptions of the body were undergoing rapid change, and when the structure of the family was subject to critique and revision from reformers. As we encounter in the reading autoeroticism, marriage, cross-dresssing, “romantic friendship”, hermaphroditism, utopian sexual experiments, and, sometimes, models of sex and gender that are quite different from our own, we will reflect on the historicity and construction of sexuality. We will situate the literature in relation to both historical context and current work in sex and gender studies. Requirements include class presentations, class discussion, and a 20-page research paper.
The seminar requirement for the English major may be satisfied by any ONE of the following: English 100, 150, 150AC, or H195A-B.
Enrollment is limited and a written application is due BY 4:00 P.M., TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28; be sure to read the paragraph on page 2 of this Announcement of Classes regarding enrollment in English 150!