WGS 393 • CUL CONSTRUCTN OF MASCULINITY
9:00 AM-12:00 PM
The course will focus on the sociological and anthropological study of masculinity. The first few weeks' readings will provide a general introduction to recent theoretical and empirical work, mostly by sociologists. Two books will demonstrate historical approaches, one on late medieval, the other on early modern and nineteenth century understandings of masculinity. The rest of the readings will consist of more focused ethnographies, including Herzfeld's Poetics of Manhood, two acclaimed studies of gay masculinity, as well as work on Nicaragua, Japan, Islamic masculinities, and South Asia, among others. Students must write brief weekly responses to the reading, plus a mid-term essay. A final project can consist either of a longer essay or an annotated bibliography for an upper-division undergraduate course on masculinity. GRADUATE STANDING REQUIRED. COURSE NUMBER MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT WHEN THE TOPICS VARY. WGS 393 AND W S 393 MAY NOT BOTH BE COUNTED. MEETS WITH ANT 391 (TOPIC 4).