Course Descriptions for Fall 2014
Sex, Myth, and Media: WSGS 521 / JMA 521
TR 4:30-5:45 p.m. (M. Patterson)
This course will examine the role of mass media in reinforcing or challenging common cultural definitions of masculinity and femininity and power relationships between the sexes. In analyzing various mass media-including print, television, Internet publishing, electronic games, and film-we will apply gender theory and connect these artifacts to their historical moment. Students' own experiences, insights, questions, and ideas are a key part of this course. Throughout the term, we will consider not only what is in terms of gender roles but also what might be.
Slave Narratives: WSGS 529 / ENGL 549
TR 4:30 - 5:45 p.m. (K. Glass)
The slave narrative, one of the most important genres in the African American literary tradition, testifies to the dignity of the slave, and the enduring power of the human spirit. Focusing on issues of race, gender, and sexuality, this course will examine the sociopolitical contexts in which African Americans constructed their own narratives, as well the formal features of their texts. Examining the genre from the eighteenth to the late nineteenth century, we will investigate its evolution, as well as its shifting spiritual, political, and economic concerns. Readings include theoretical essays, as well as primary texts by Frederick Douglass, Ellen and William Craft, Harriet Jacobs, Solomon Northup, Elizabeth Keckley, and many others.