Our Main Texts:

  • Alice Dreger, Hermaphroditism and the Medical Invention of Sex (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1998)
  • David Valentine, Imagining Transgender: An Ethnography of a Category (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2007)
  • Natalie Angier, Woman: An Intimate Geography (New York: Anchor Books, 2000)
  • Janice Irvine, Disorders of Desire: Sexuality and Gender in Modern American Sexology (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2005)

*Many of the texts we engage are essays and book chapters — these are listed below each weeks themes, and marked with an asterisk.

Week One – Introduction

Tuesday, 8.30: Course Introduction
Thursday, 9.01: Doing Gender Studies, Thinking Difference
Read/Watch:

  • Course Syllabus

Week Two – Troubling Bio-logics: Biologies of Difference

Tuesday, 9.06: Body Parts
Thursday, 9.08: Hormones
Read/Watch:

  • Natalie Angier’s Woman: An Intimate Geography, pp. 1-56 and 177-215

Week Three – Troubling Bio-logics: Psychologizing Difference

Tuesday, 9.13: Characterological Description
Thursday, 9.15: Re-Visioning the Psychology of Gender
Read/Watch:

  •  Natalie Angier’s Woman: An Intimate Geography, pp. 263-368

Week Four – Troubling Bio-Logics: Normality and Abnormality

Tuesday, 9.20: Building the Normal Body
Thursday, 9.22: Is Normativity a Myth?
Read/Watch:

  • Michel Foucault’s lecture on 22 January 1975 in Abnormal: Lectures at the Collège de France, 1974-1975 (New York: Picador, 2003) *
  • Audre Lorde’s “Age, Race, Class, and Sex: Women Redefining Difference” in Sister Outsider (Berkeley, CA: The Crossing Press, 1984), pp. 114-123 *

Week Five – Essentialism and Constructivism: Framing the Difference

Tuesday, 9.27: Plato and Poststructuralism
Thursday, 9.29: En-Gendering the Debate
Read/Watch:

  • Judith Butler’s “Subjects of Sex/Gender/Desire” in Gender Trouble (New York: Routledge, 1990), pp. 3-44 *

Week Six – Essentialism and Constructivism: Argumentative Iterations

Tuesday, 10.04: Feminist Mobilizations of Constructivism
Thursday, 10.06: Sex, War, and the Sex Wars

Read/Watch:

  • Monique Wittig’s “One is Not Born a Woman” from The Straight Mind and Other Essays (Boston: Beacon Press, 1992), pp. 9-20 *
  • Gayle Rubin’s “Thinking Sex: Notes for a Radical Theory of the Politics of Sexuality,” in Pleasure and Danger: Exploring Female Sexuality, ed. Carole S. Vance (London: Pandora,1992), pp. 267-293 *

Week Seven – Essentialism and Constructivism: Alternative Paradigms

Tuesday, 10.11: Bodies and Meaning
Thursday, 10.13: A Way Beyond the Impasse?
Read/Watch:

  • Elizabeth Grosz’s “The Body as Inscriptive Surface” from Volatile Bodies: Toward a Corporeal Feminism (Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Pres, 1994), pp. 138-159 *
  •  Rosi Braidotti’s “Becoming Woman, or Sexual Difference Revisited” in Metamorphoses: Towards a Materialist Theory of Becoming (Cambridge, UK: Polity Press, 2002), pp. 11-64 *
  • Julia Serano, “Intrinsic Inclinations: Explaining Gender and Sexual Diversity” in Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity (Berkeley, CA: Seal Press, 2007), pp. 95-114 *

Week Eight – Medicalization and Pathology: Sexology

Tuesday, 10.18: What is Sexology?
Thursday, 10.20: A Brief Genealogy of the Discipline
Read/Watch:

  • Janice Irvine’s Disorders of Desire: Sexuality and Gender in Modern American Sexology (Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press, 2005), pp. pp. 1-67

Week Nine – Medicalization and Pathology: Feminist Critique

Tuesday, 10.25: Queering Heterosexuality
Thursday, 10.27: Ironing Out the Kink
Read/Watch:

  • Janice Irvine’s Disorders of Desire: Sexuality and Gender in Modern American Sexology (Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press, 2005), pp. 97-132 and 139-224

Week Ten – Medicalization and Pathology: Queer and Trans Critique

Tuesday, 11.01: The Trouble With Gender Assignation
Thursday, 11.03: Undoing the Prerogatives of Diagnosis
Read/Watch:

  • Dean Spade, “Resisting Medicine, Re/modeling Gender,” online at http://www.deanspade.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/resisting.pdf *
  • Judith Butler, “Undiagnosing Gender” in Undoing Gender (New York: Routledge, 2004), pp. 15-101*
  • David Valentine’s “Imagining Transgender” in Imagining Trangender: An Ethnography of a Category (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2007), pp. 29-67.

Week Eleven – Embodied Specificities: Transgender

Tuesday, 11.08: Community, Identity
Thursday, 11.10: Trans Activism, Trans Studies
Read/Watch:

  • “Making Community,” “’I Know What I Am’: Gender, Sexuality, and Identity,” and “The Logic of Inclusion: Transgender Activism,” all in David Valentine’s Imagining Trangender: An Ethnography of a Category (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2007)

Week Twelve – Embodied Specificities: Intersex

Tuesday, 11.15: The Prehistory of Present Intersex Realities
Thursday, 11.17: Experience, Resistance, and Livability
Read/Watch:

  • Alice Dreger’s “Doubtful Sex,” “Doubtful Status,” “The Age of Gonads” and “Categorical Imperatives,” all in Hermaphrodites and the Medical Invention of Sex (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1998).

Week Thirteen – Holiday Break

Tuesday, 11.22: Review
Thursday, 11.24: No Class
Read/Watch: Have Fun!

Week Fourteen – Beyond Binaries: Gender Multiplicity, Monstrosity, and Posthumanism

Tuesday, 11.29: n-Sexes
Thursday, 12.01: Mobilizing Monstrosity
Read/Watch:

  • Vernon Rosario’s “Quantum Sex: Intersex and the Molecular Deconstruction of Sex” in GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies (Volume 15, Number 2, 2009), pp. 267-284 *
  • Donna Haraway, “The Promises of Monsters: A Regenerative Politics for Inappropriate(d) Others” in Cultural Studies. Eds. Lawrence Grossberg, Cary Nelson and Paula A. Treichler (Mew York: Routledge,1992), pp. 295-337 *

Week Fifteen – Beyond Binaries: Axes of Difference and Differential Becomings

Tuesday, 12.06: Axes of Difference, Axes of Oppression
Thursday, 12.08: Differential Becoming and Coalitional Politics

Read/Watch:

  • Marlon Riggs, “Tongues Untied” (film)
  • Chela Sandoval’s “U.S. Third World Feminism: Differential Social Movement I” in Methodology of the Oppressed (Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2000), pp. 41-66 *
  • Marlon B. Ross’s “Beyond the Closet as Raceless Paradigm” in Black Queer Studies: A Critical Anthology. Ed. E. Patrick Johnson and Mae G. Henderson (Duke University Press, 2005), pp. 161-189 *
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