Summer 2013 -
Graduate Course Description
Discipline and Number
1:00 PM - 5:30 PM
|Texts and Bodies
Description of Course:
This class examines the representation of bodies in a variety of texts, including memoirs, fiction, comics, and film. This course will engage critical discourses from disability studies, feminism, queer theory, and race and ethnicity scholarship.
This class will offer graduate students an opportunity to craft a paper appropriate for an academic conference, from cfp abstract to final paper. Moreover, students will “dissect” a scholarly article relevant to their own work in order to identify the parts and rhetorical movements of academic writing.
As a seminar-style graduate course, thorough preparation and engaged student participation is expected.
Texts and films may include:
Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom, Ellen and William Craft. (1860) [This is available online for free, though you are welcome to order a hard copy if you wish)
Twenty Years at Hull House, Jane Addams. (1910) ISBN-10: 1619491583 / ISBN-13: 978-1619491588
Passing, Nella Larsen (1929) ISBN-10: 0385721005 / ISBN-13: 978-0385721004
Nightwood, Djuna Barnes. (1936) ISBN-10: 0811216713 / ISBN-13: 978-0811216715
Go Tell It on the Mountain, James Baldwin. (1953) ISBN-10: 0385334575 / ISBN-13: 978-0385334570
300, Frank Miller. (1998) ISBN-10: 1569714029 / SBN-13: 978-1569714027
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, Alison Bechdel. (2006) ISBN-10: 0618871713 / ISBN-13: 978-0618871711
300, Zack Snyder, dir. (2007) [Film]
Paris is Burning, Jennie Livingston, dir. (1990) [Film]
Critical Secondary Sources:
The Disability Studies Reader, Lennard Davis, ed. (4th edition, 2013) (Selections)The Disability Studies Reader, Lennard Davis, ed. (4th edition, 2013) ISBN-10: 0415630517 / ISBN-13: 978-0415630511
“Nightmares of the Heteronormative: Go Tell It on the Mountain versus An American Dilemma. From Aberrations in Black: Toward a Queer of Color Critique, Roderick Ferguson. (2004)
Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination, Toni Morrison. (1993) ISBN-10: 0679745424 / ISBN-13: 978-0679745426
Bodies that Matter: On the Discursive Limits of “Sex”, Judith Butler. (1993/2011) ISBN-10: 041561015X / ISBN-13: 978-0415610155
All texts will be available at Off-Campus Books. Located off Campbell Road, behind Fuzzy's Tacos.
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Daily discussion questions on primary source readings (submitted online)
Small group presentations on critical secondary texts
Analytical dissection and explication of a student-selected scholarly article from peer-review journal (3-4 pages)
Conference-length paper (7-8 pages), including paper proposal (500 words) and paper abstract (300 words)