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Special Topics in Gender and Sexuality Studies
T 6:00pm - 8:00pm
This course examines some recent developments in gender and sexuality studies that are important for thinking about the methods, sources, and topics of work in religion, gender, and sexuality. The first section of the course traces the politics of feminist storytelling: what are the consequences of generationalism for feminist thought? How can work sensitive to gender and sexuality move beyond dependence on the generational narratives characteristic of feminist theory? The next section examines the spatiality of bodied being and the construction of place in conversation with texts from critical geography, black feminist, and postcolonial studies. The third section looks at the body through the lens of performance studies and queer of color theory, which transitions into a final section on representation, visuality, and visibility using material from black feminist visual theory, medieval studies, and queer theory. The aim of the course is for students to develop their own research projects in conversation with one of the sets of readings engaged in the course.
This is an advanced course assuming extensive background training in gender and sexuality studies: the minimum is at least one course in gender studies, and at least one course in sexuality studies or REL 660 Queer Theology. At least two courses in the student’s area of concentration at the graduate level are required as well (discuss the fulfillment of this requirement with instructor if enrolled in the MDiv or comprehensive MAR programs). Permission of instructor is required.