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Dr. Susan Sage Heinzelman, Director 2505 University Avenue, A4900, Burdine Hall 536, Austin Texas 78712 • 512-471-5765

Spring 2006

WGS 340 • Cultural History of Homosexuality from the Renaissance to 1933-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
47545 TTh
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
CBA 4.344

Course Description

This course will trace the historical permutations of same-sex eros in Western culture from the Renaissance to the foundation of the early homosexual rights movement in Germany about 100 years ago. Reconstructing the self-perceptions of artists, authors, and historical agents from each of the last five centuries, we shall explore how and when sexuality evolved from a set of practices into a category of personal identity. Particular attention will be paid to the appropriation of classical antiquity as a cultural paradigm to permit discussion of what was otherwise taboo.

Grading Policy

Four short papers of 2-3 pages (10% each) Research paper of 8-10 pages (20%) Final exam (20%) Class participation, including an oral report (20%).


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