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ENGL 9911 Ph.D. Gender Crossings: Representations & Theory (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

This PhD seminar explores how ideas about transgender and transsexual figures develop and operate in different cultures and times. How do these crossed and crossing bodies help us think about how and why gender norms emerge and are policed? We will consider medical, legal, religious and literary accounts of cross-dressers, hermaphrodites, drag kings, "manly" women and "effeminate" men among others. We'll supplement our readings with theoretical texts that query the two-gender model, how it is we "sex" the body, and what the possibilities (and limits) are of a genderless world.


Instructor(s): Caroline Bicks

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 07-Dec-13