ALL256 - Gender, Sex and Literature

Year:

2021 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Prerequisite:

One unit from: AGS101, AGS102, ALL101, ALL102, ALL153, ALL154

Corequisite:

Nil

Incompatible with:

Nil

Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 1-hour class per week, 1 x 2-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

1 x 2-hour online independent and collaborative learning activities per week

Content

This unit will examine three major themes: feminisms, sexualities, and contemporary controversies. Students will critically reflect on a wide variety of literary engagements with gender and sexuality, including representations of masculinity, heterosexuality, families and love. Beginning with a focus on historical representations of gender and sexuality in Anglophone writing from the nineteenth century, this unit will study key figures and texts in feminist and queer literature. The unit will engage theoretical resources from feminist, queer and postcolonial studies to examine questions of class, race and ability. The unit is taught and assessed through an interdisciplinary approach to studying literature, drawing on archival, historical and cultural resources. Texts studied include: The Yellow Wallpaper, The Picture of Dorian Gray, A Room of One's Own, Zami, Loaded, and The Argonauts.

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