Jeanne D. Heuving
Advanced study of the changing definitions and discourses of sexuality in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and their relationship to literary representations. Stresses historical, psychoanalytic, and literary perspectives.
Throughout the course we will examine how concepts of sex, sexuality, and sexual love change throughout Western civilization, beginning with classical texts and focusing on nineteenth and twentieth century texts. The term sexuality first comes into existence in the nineteenth century emerging at the same time as do a whole spate of social sicence disciplines for understanding the individual in relationship to their socieities. Throughout the course we will examine the centrality fo sexuality in modern life, considering the historican Jeffrey Weeks' contention that in modern times sexuality has come to be seen as "the cause and 'truth' of our being. It defines us socially and morally."
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Lecture Large group discussion Small group discussoin
to have background in junior and senior level courses in cultural and literary studies
to have a strong grasp of writing an argumentative essay
Class assignments and grading
take home essay exams final paper
course participation 25 per cent take home essay exams 50 per cent final paper 25 per cent