ENGL 220 A1: Reading Gender and Sexuality

J. Rak

How do we understand categories like "male" and "female," and how does this knowledge affect our understanding of literature and the world we live in? What does it mean to have and express a "sexuality," and is that tied to gender identity? We will examine critical theory about gender, sexual preference and the history of sexuality itself as we explore these questions, connecting these concerns to intersectional ways to understand gender in terms of race, class, trans, disability and other forms of identification.