Session A (June 22nd – July 31st)
Instructor: Laura Terrance – TR 10:45am-12:50pm
Course Description: This course will develop critical reading and writing skills necessary for academic success. Over the course of six weeks, students will engage the assigned readings in conversation with the week’s leading question as outlined on the syllabus. The course is designed to generate a paper topic that will then continually develop during the class as a result of in-class discussions and formal writing exercises. Each student will be responsible for his or her own final writing project, but small writing groups will also be used to assist students in understanding the relationship between how written thoughts are presented and how they are comprehended by different readers. By the end of the six-week course each student can expect to have a full understanding of the writing process, including topic conceptualization, objective of the writing project, organization of thoughts and resources, selection of objects of study, personal writing style, etc.
Instructor: Candace Hansen – TR 10:45am-12:50pm
Course Description: Beginning with the earliest days of the medium, in films like Edison’s The Kiss (1896) and Edwin S. Porter’s What Happened in the Tunnel (1903), filmmakers have sought to titillate and provoke. In this course, we will explore the ambivalent and contested relationship between sex, gender, and the cinema, interrogating women’s authorship and agency as filmmakers and stars, and ways in which women’s roles have been regulated on screen, from the earliest days of the medium to romantic comedies in the present day. Focusing primarily on American cinema, we will consider how race, class, and other identity categories intersect with and inflect cinematic depictions of sexuality and examine the ways in which movies have depicted and engaged with sex – as subject matter, spectacle, subtext, and marketing tool.
Session C (Aug 3rd – Sept 11th)
Instructor: Ryan Hilliard – TR 1:00pm-3:05pm
Course Description: In this course we will study “the world’s oldest occupation,” prostitution, from a global historical perspective. Beginning in ancient times and ending in the present day we will trace changing attitudes towards prostitution from the vantage point of sex workers, moralists, medical authorities, and police officials. The history of prostitution is not only about sex, but also intersects with and heavily influences the realms of economics, politics, empire, race, medicine, and globalization. Topics covered in this course include: toleration, regulation, and criminalization of prostitution; the impact of venereal diseases on sex work, from syphilis to AIDS; red-light districts; the white slavery scare; military prostitution in the periods of WWI and WWII; sexual tourism; and contemporary global sex trade. The diverse contexts in which we will study prostitution will include: ancient Greece, medieval Europe, seventeenth-century Japan, London in period of Jack the Ripper, colonial India, and twentieth-century United States. Course readings include novels, primary sources, and testimony by sex workers.
What does it mean when artistic work is world making? In Hansen’s M107B we will be thinking through queer punk as a method by looking at resistant literatures, things that are not just gay but queer, critical, and artful. In the true spirit of queer praxis, literature will not just be understood as written word alone in this course. Music, video, art, dance, performance, ritual, and collective experiences are all works of artistic merit and meaning, and contribute to a body of knowledge that shape queer and punk epistemologies and identities. We will read and analyze work from classic and contemporary creators, writers, musicians, skateboarders, zinesters, dancers, astrologers, and more to think about what it means to make queer art that is oppositional AND affirming AND community building. Work that is creating, critiquing, and negotiating power. Work that is responding to gaps. Students will write a paper and create an original work as part of their final grade.
Department of Gender Studies
1120 Rolfe Hall