WGST 07 First Year Seminar: Sex: A Brief and Incomplete History
In this seminar we will analyze key texts on sex and sexuality by authors such as De Sade, Freud, Kinsey, Beauvoir, Foucault and Butler. The seminar will focus on the question how categorizations of sex in scientific and socio-cultural terms connect to historical notions of femininity, masculinity, homosexuality and sexual pathology. This seminar will not provide a total account of sexuality, but will analyze select historical moments, which are influential to the different ways we think about the sexes today. We will connect these readings with contemporary historical studies and theory on the relationship between sex, sexuality, and gender.