This course explores the role that writing plays in both depicting and constructing gender in our culture. The course pursues questions including the following: To what extent and in what ways can it be said that writing is gendered? How does legal, medical, and educational writing contribute to the social construction of gender? How is gender represented, resisted, and reformed in literary and popular fiction? How do social understandings of gender change over time? How does gender interact with race, class, and sexuality in literary and everyday writing? How can theory help us to understand gender and its role in our lives and culture? Course materials include a wide range of theoretical, literary, popular, and critical readings as well as film.
Prerequisites: A first-year seminar and junior or senior standing or permission of instructor.