Hotz-Davies, Ingrid, Ph.D. Prof.
Gendered Otherwise
Zeit: Di 16-18
Ort: Neuphilologicum, 106
Beginn: 25.10.2016
In everyday discourse, the demands of gender and sexual orientation categories appear rather fixed, we seem to believe that we know exactly what they refer to and how they must be understood and complied with. However, even minor alterations of perspective, for example through historical contextualization, or through shifts in narrative focus, can make us wonder. Literature is one of the primary fields in which sexuality and gender are not only simply given data that are 'represented'; rather, they can be crafted, experimented with, questioned, in a way invented. This is what this seminar sets out to explore: texts in which the 'representation' of sexuality and/or gender does not seem to comply fully with the rules or even flaunts the rules, seeks to go back to the drawing board in one way or another in order to re-imagine sexuality and gender 'otherwise'. For this seminar, then, we will not be guided primarily by gender theory or sociology but rather by the imaginations of the literary works themselves. Students must be prepared to tackle a substantial corpus of sometimes demanding primary literature and take pleasure in extracting inventive readings from it.
Brigid Brophy, In Transit (1969)
Ursula Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness (1969)
Mary Renault, The Persian Boy (1972)
Patricia Highsmith, The Boy Who Followed Ripley (1980)
A. L. Kennedy, So I am Glad (1995)
Julie Otsuka, The Buddha in the Attic (2011)
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