WGS 345 • Anthropology of Sex and Sexuality
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
Sexuality was "re-discovered" (Vance) by anthropologists in the 1980's, compelled by the HIV disease epidemic, and responding to literary theory based work in queer studies, which lacked ethnographic grounding. This course seeks to provide for undergraduates an engagement with major methodological, ethical and theoretical problems with which foundational, emerging and marginal texts in the sub-field grapple, or represent. A short critical/reaction paper incorporating literature and lectures will be required for each thematic module, which again, will invert the usual pedagogical practice of ending the semester with the marginal or minority view; preferring to start there, in an elliptical investigation. This course will critically engage canonical and marginal texts and their conditions of research and writing, asking after the various ways in which work is received as, for example, anthropology, sexuality studies, performance studies, gender studies, or something else.