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Anthony Di Fiore, Chair SAC 4.102, Mailcode C3200 78712 • 512-471-4206

Spring 2010

ANT 324L • Queer Ethnographies-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
30330 TTh
3:30 PM-5:00 PM

Course Description

This upper-level undergraduate course deals with the anthropological analysis of gender and sexuality. Its aim is to critically evaluate formative concepts and theories that have been subject to recent debates within Anthropology, Gender Studies, and Queer Theory. Through the reading of a variety of ethnographies, we will explore how terms like "women" and “men,” “femininity” and “masculinity,” as well as “homosexuality,” “heterosexuality,” “bisexuality,” and “transsexuality” structure people's experiences around the globe. Our focus will be the close assessment of some key texts written by such influential thinkers like Judith Butler, R. W. Connell, Michel Foucault, and Michael Warner. Moreover, the course focuses on local-level social and cultural processes that challenge a wide range of heteronormativities within a regional and global framework. The basic theme of the material for this course concerns the extent to which both realities and the ways in which they are perceived are socio-cultural constructs that are subject to constant change.

Grading Policy

- 5 response papers: 70%. - Presentations: 20%. - Attendance/Participation: 10%.


Ay?e Gül Alt?nay, "Women and the Myth: The World's First Woman Combat Pilot" in Ay?e Gül Alt?nay, The Myth of the Military-Nation: Militarism, Gender, and Education in Turkey. Palgrave Macmillan, 2004, pp. 33-58 Anzaldúa, Gloria, “La Conciencia de la Mestiza: Toward a New Consciousness” in Chicana Feminist Thought: The Basic Historical Writings. Alma García, ed. Routledge, 1997, pp. 270-74 Tom Boellstorff, The Gay Archipelago: Sexuality and Nation in Indonesia, Princeton University Press, 2005 Judith Butler, Undoing Gender, Routledge, 2004 R.W. Connell, The Men and the Boys, The University of California Press, 2001 Jarrod Hayes, Queer Nations: Marginal Sexualities in the Maghreb, The University of Chicago Press, 2000 Shari Jacobson, “Modernity, Conservative Religious Movements, and the Female Subject: Newly Ultraorthodox Sephardi Women in Buenos Aires” in American Anthropologist, Vol. 108, Issue 2, pp. 336-46 Alice Kessler-Harris, “The Wage Conceived: Value and Need as Measures of a Woman’s Worth” in Feminist Frontiers V, 5th ed. Laurel Richardson, Verta Taylor, and Nancy Whittier, eds. McGraw Hill, 2001 Ellen Lewin (Editor), William L. Leap (Editor), Out in Theory: The Emergence of Lesbian and Gay Anthropology, University of Illinois Press, 2002 Chandra Mohanty, “Defining Genealogies: Feminist Reflections on Being South Asian in North America” in Women’s Lifes: Multicultural Perspectives. Gwyn Kirk and Margo Okazawa-Rey, eds. Mayfield, 2001, pp. 40-45 Annie Proulx, Brokeback Mountain, Scribner, 2005 Becky W. Thompson, “A Way Outta No Way: Eating Problems Among African America, Latina, and White Women” in Feminist Frontiers V, 5th ed. Laurel Richardson, Verta Taylor, and Nancy Whittier, eds. McGraw Hill, 2001 Tippeconnic Fox, May Jo and Sheila E. Nicholas, “Beyond Pocahantas, Princess, and Squaw: Investigating Traditional Feminism” in Women’s Studies for the Future: Foundations, Interrogations, Politics. Elizabeth L. Kennedy and Agatha Beins, eds. Rutgers University Press, 2005, 170-181 Michael Warner, Publics and Counterpublics, Zone Books, 2002


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