Past Courses

Fall 2016 SXST Courses

JAPN/WGST 384: Women Writers in Japanese Society (3 credits) JAPN/WGST 384

TR 3:30-4:45

NW 219

Jan Bardsley

This course traces the history of women’s writing in Japan, focusing mainly on the 20th century, by introducing students to a diversity of writers, reading audiences, and texts. We see how developments in women’s literacy, media, politics, and the economy have affected what women could read and write.  We discuss how the category “woman writer” has been embraced, codified, attacked, and creatively subverted.


English 59: Black Masculinity & Femininity 

Tuesday/Thursday 11:00-12:15

Greenlaw 317

GerShun Avilez

This first year seminar will use literature, film, and popular culture to explore different expressions of masculinity and femininity in the African American and Black diasporic context.  Students will evaluate how artists use gender and sexuality for social critique and artistic innovation.


English 370: Race, Health, & Narrative

Tuesday/Thursday 2:00-3:15

Bingham 317

GerShun Avilez

This interdisciplinary course explores how issues of health, medicine, and illness are impacted by questions of race in 20th-century American literature and popular culture. Specific areas covered include pain, death, the family and society, reproduction, mental illness, aging, human subject experimentation, the doctor-patient relationship, pesticides, and bioethics.  In the process, we will also pay close attention to how questions of gender and sexuality emerge prominently in the intersection of race, health, and art.


HIST 144/WGST 144: Women in United States History.  

MW 2:30-3:20, plus recitation sections.

Katherine Turk

This course will survey American history from women’s perspective.  Through our discussions, lectures, readings and several documentary films, we will examine the history of women, gender relations, and notions of sex difference in the United States from the colonial era to the present.  We will analyze both the forces that maintained gendered order in American society and the aspirations and agency of those who sought to change it–paying careful attention to women’s varied experiences and expectations across divisions of class, race, and region.  Key themes will include work, politics, citizenship, reproduction, sociability, and sexuality.


FREN 490: Sex for Sale: Prostitution in 19th-century France

TuTh 2-3:15pm

Dey 405

Jessica Tanner

This course explores narratives of prostitution from 19th-century France, with an emphasis on the way the regulation of sex and sexuality served to shape modern Paris. We will read novels and treatises by 19th-century authors (Parent-Duchâtelet, Dumas fils, Huysmans, Goncourt, Zola, Philippe), along with contemporary memoirs and theoretical texts (Aziz, Arcan, Despentes; Foucault, Rancière, de Certeau). Course is open to undergraduates and graduates. Strong reading knowledge of French is required; course may be conducted in French or in English depending on enrollment.


AAAD 200: Gender & Sexuality in Africa

TuTh 2-3:15pm

Lydia Boyd

ASIA490- Gender and Sexuality in The Middle East

Claudia Yaghoobi

In this course, we will examine literary works written by various authors. In order to approach these literary works in a more nuanced manner, we will also be reading secondary materials on topics such as the significance of sexuality, harem life, same-sex desire, institution of marriage, contraception and abortion, queer underground subcultures, social media as a sexual outlet, etc. All the readings will be in English.

COMM413: Freud

TTh 12:30-1:45

Bingham 101

Richard Cante

HIST236: Sex and American History

TTH: 12:30-1:45

Greenlaw 101

John Sweet


WGST 553: Theorizing Black Feminisms

TR: 12:30-1:45

Michele Berger

Introduction to the theoretical and practical contributions of African American feminists who maintain that issues of race, gender, sexuality, and social class are central, rather than peripheral, to any history, or strategy for bringing about social justice in the United States. Prerequisite: WGST 102 or consent of instructor.

WGST 465: Gender, (Im)migration, and Labor in Latina Literature

TR: 2:00-3:15

Ariana Vigil

Students will explore the representation of intersections between gender, identity, immigration and migration via Latina/o literature. Emphasis will be placed on the intersections between labor, migration, and U.S. immigration policy.