Wednesday night, 6:30 pm
Utilizing a post-structuralist perspective on gender in general and masculinities more specifically, this seminar will trace the varied masculine performers found in American literature during the 20th century. In particular, the class will focus on the constantly changing notions of masculinities, demonstrating gender’s cultural constructedness, as well as its slipperiness.
My goal is to provide a wide variety of ideas relating to masculinities--in a wide variety of texts. Therefore, the texts will include not only novels, but short fiction, drama, and non-fiction as well. Furthermore, some texts will be canonical, while others less frequently discussed by the academy.
Each student will be expected to come to class prepared and ready to participate. Please realize that a thorough discussion of masculinities will occasion delve into subject matter that is sexually explicit and some students may be uncomfortable with these conversations. However, such discussions are necessary to facilitate our understanding of the varying masculine subjectivities in the literature.
Following the suggestions generated by the graduate faculty assessment committee (on which I serve), this class is “geared toward” the graduate student eventually participating in the larger conversation that transcends the classroom. With that controlling concept in mind, the student will be expected to demonstrate his or her understanding and acknowledgement of this broader academic discussion, as well as present an in-class paper in which the student engages in the aforementioned discussion.
Class participation--based on attendance, submitted questions, discussion (20%)
Annotated bibliography (20%)
Bibliographic presentation and discussion (10%)
“Conference-length” essay (8-12 pages, 15-20 minutes reading time) (40%)
Presentation of essay (10%)