Current Course Offerings

Maymester 2015

G ST 301 – Gender and Sexuality in Visual Media
Instructor: K. Cozart
MTWTF, 1 – 4:30
Location: Lamar 207
Cross-listed as JOUR/IMC 580

Students will apply gender and communications theories to examine and analyze how representations of gender and sexuality have changed or have not changed over time while surveying television, film, music & music videos, newspapers, magazines, advertising, social media, comic books, graphic novels, anime, and online gaming.  

G ST 329 – Queer Playwriting and American Culture
Instructor: J. Cantu
MTWTF, 1 – 4:30
Location: Isom 303
Cross-listed as THEA 329

An exploration of LGBTQ-related plays and their influence on American culture.  

G ST 399 – Topics in Gender Studies: Early American Cross-Dressing Narratives
Instructor: C. Wiggington
MTWTF, 8 – 11:30
Location: Bryant 200
Cross-listed as ENGL 459

In this two-week intercession semester of Special Topics in Early American Literature, we will focus on the period’s cross-dressing narratives. In American fiction and nonfiction to 1820, many women and occasional men donned the clothing and mannerisms of another gender. They did so in order to hide, to escape, to explore, and to fight. Disguised through cross-dressing, or perhaps finally inhabiting the most fitting gender identity, these men and women could do and say things that their biologically-determined gender roles had made impossible. In our survey of this literature, we will examine what it means to perform a different gender in the New World. How and why do early Americans choose to cross-dress and how does it alter their and our understandings of sex, power, and desire? How do different times and places as well as races and classes abet alternate modes of cross-dressing? What remains stable about cross-dressing? And, finally, how does early American cross-dressing articulate with and challenge current theories and understandings of gender identity? Possible texts include Benjamin Franklin’s Silence Dogood letters, Susanna Rowson’s Slaves in Algiers, Catalina de Erauso’s Lieutenant Nun, Herman Mann’s The Female Review, the anonymously authored Female Marine and The Story of Constantius and Pulchera, and Charles Brockden Brown’s Ormond.

Full Summer 2015

G St 201, Women, Gender, Society – Web
Instructor: T. Starkey
Web Based

Introduction to the growing body of research available from many disciplines for the study of women. Comparison of traditional and feminist interpretations of the nature of women, their capabilities, and their roles in society. Fulfills Humanities Requirement.

First Summer 2015

G St 201 – Women, Gender, Society 
Instructor: TBD
MTWTF, 12 – 12:50 
Location: Hume 106

Introduction to the growing body of research available from many disciplines for the study of women. Comparison of traditional and feminist interpretations of the nature of women, their capabilities, and their roles in society. Fulfills Humanities Requirement.

G ST 301 – Media, Gender, and Culture
Instructor: TBD
MTWTF, 2 – 3:30
Location: Bishop 104

A study of gender roles within traditional and popular culture. The specific content of the course may vary in different semesters. Possible emphases might include women in the arts, women in film, women in the media, and women in popular culture.  

G St 303 – The Family
Instructor: F. Hull
MTWTF, 8 – 9:50
Location: Lamar Room 515
Cross-listed as SOC 301

The American family as an institution and a group of interacting persons; the nature and problems of courtship, husband-wife, and parent-child relationships. Prerequisite: SOC 101, or junior or senior standing.

G St 337 – The South and Sexuality
Instructor: J. Cantrell

MTWTF, 10 – 11:50
Location: TBD
Cross-listed as S St 350

Students will study the ways in which the South has been constructed through depictions of sexuality, especially forms of sexuality deemed marginal, perverse, and dangerous.

G St 350 – Gender on Film
Instructor: T. Starkey

MTWTF, 12 – 1:50
Location: Bryant 200

This course is an examination of 1970s American revisionist cinema, critically analyzing films by such directors as Martin Scorsese, John Carpenter and Terrence Malick, who reimagined traditional Hollywood genres like the woman’s picture, horror movie, and outlaw film. These maverick filmmakers often challenge and interrogate dominant ideological narratives, especially concerning gender that circulate in American culture.

The social, political and cultural forces unleashed in the 1960s and 1970s (for example, the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights and Women’s movements, and Watergate), influenced moviemakers and impacted the American psyche. The social and cultural conservatism of the 1950s, with its revival of the cult of domesticity and insular vision of womanhood, was radically undermined by filmmakers.

Philip Kaufman’s revisionist version of a science fiction classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers and Malick’s Badlands are just a few examples of the films that presented audiences with complicated characters that subverted static notions of identity often linked by Hollywood to representations of race, class or gender.

Second Summer 2015

G ST 202 – Introduction to Queer Studies
Instructor: TBD
MTWTF, 12 – 1:50
Location: Bishop 108

This introductory class will examine and complicate gender and sexuality as categories of identity.

G ST 301 – Topics in Gender and Culture
Instructor: TBD
MTWTF, 12 – 1:50
Location: Hume 106

A study of gender roles within traditional and popular culture. The specific content of the course may vary in different semesters. Possible emphases might include women in the arts, women in film, women in the media, and women in popular culture.

May be repeated once for credit with permission of director.

Fall 2015

Undergraduate Course Offerings:

G ST 103 – Women in Antiquity
Instructor: M. Pasco-Pranger
MWF, 9 – 9:50
Location: Lamar 326
Cross-listed as CLC 103

An introduction to the history and culture of ancient Greece and Rome through a consideration of the role and status of women in the classical world. Lectures with slides will be supplemented by readings of ancient texts in translation, in addition to textbook assignments.

G St 201 – Women, Gender, Society 
Instructor: T. Starkey
MWF, 12 – 12:50 
Location: Bishop 104

G St 201, Women, Gender, Society – Web
Instructor: T. Starkey
Web Based

Introduction to the growing body of research available from many disciplines for the study of women. Comparison of traditional and feminist interpretations of the nature of women, their capabilities, and their roles in society. Fulfills Humanities Requirement.

G St 303 – The Family
Instructor: E. Lake
MW, 4 – 5:15
Location: Lamar Room 129
Cross-listed as SOC 301

G St 303 – The Family
Instructor: J. Hill

Web Based (Two Sections)
Cross-listed as SOC 301

The American family as an institution and a group of interacting persons; the nature and problems of courtship, husband-wife, and parent-child relationships. Prerequisite: SOC 101, or junior or senior standing.

G ST 329 – Queer Playwriting and American Culture
Instructor: J. Cantu
MWF, 10 – 10:50
Location: TBD
Cross-listed as THEA 329

An exploration of LGBTQ-related plays and their influence on American culture.

G St 336 – Women in Southern History
Instructor: J. Hill

Web Based (Two Sections)
Cross-listed as S St 303/HIS 336

A study of the experiences of women in the south as revealed through their writings and other expressions.

G St 344 – Women and Politics
Instructor: H. Ondercin

TTh, 11 – 12:15
Location: Bishop 107
Cross-listed as POL 346

An analysis of women’s political roles. May be taught with focus on United States or with comparative focus.

G St 360 – Women in Literature (Section 1 & 2)
Instructor: J. Wylie Hall

1: TTh, 11 – 12:15
2: TTh, 1 – 2:15
Cross-listed as ENGL 360

G St 360 – Women in Literature
Instructor: M Hipp

Web Based
Cross-listed as ENGL 360

A study of the images of women in British and American literature. Content will vary. Fulfills Humanities Requirement.

G St 365 – Gay and Lesbian Literature and Theory
Instructor: J. Cantrell
TTh, 11 – 12:15
Location: Bryant 200
Cross-listed as ENGL 365

A study of the theoretical perspective involved in the analysis of gay and lesbian representations in literature and other media.

G St 425 – Religion, Gender, and Sexuality
Instructor: A. McDowell

TTh 11 – 12:15
Location: Lamar 519
Cross-listed as SOC 425

This course uses a sociological approach to study how religion is used to organize, control, and change gender and sexual norms.

G St 460 – Psychology of Human Sexuality
Instructor: L. Johnson

TTh 2:30 – 3:45
Location: Peabody 209
Cross-listed as PSY 460

A survey of behavioral, psychological, and physiological research on human sexuality.

G St 494 – Seminar on Literature and Gender
Instructor: C. Wigginton

TTh 11 – 12:15
Location: Bishop 324
Cross-listed as ENGL 494

Images of women and men in literature by women and men, the special role of the woman writer, recurrent formal and contextual convention in literature written by women, and feminist critical theory.

G St 497 – Internship

Approved work settings under professional supervision. May be repeated once for a cumulative total of 3 credit hours. Prerequisite: 6 hours GST coursework and consent of director required.

 

G St 499 – Directed Readings in Gender Studies

Individual research into selected issues in Gender Studies; content varies.  May be repeated once for credit with permission of director.  Prerequisite:  consent of instructor.

 

Graduate Course Offerings:

ENGL 759 – Queer Pulp
Instructor: J. Harker

M, 3 – 5:30
Location: Bondurant 112W

Pulp first referred to the format of magazines and books—cheap paper, disposable, meant to be consumed and discarded. Distributed through drugstores and magazines stands, pulp paperbacks were widely available and notoriously trashy in the second half of the 20th century, with covers of buxom women flaunting sex and risking violence.

Queer sexuality always had a special place in pulp paperbacks.  Outside of traditional morality and cultural hierarchies, queer pulp disseminated images of queer life through rural communities and connected queer readers in an imagined urban community.  This class explores key texts in queer pulp from the 1940s through the 1990s.  Possible authors include Patricia Highsmith, Ann Bannon, Christopher Isherwood, Gore Vidal, Victor Banis, Richard Amory, Rita Mae Brown, Ann Allen Shockley, Sarah Schulman, and Mabel Maney. Course requirements: weekly response journals, a 20-page seminar paper, and a class conference on queer pulp.

SOC 625 – Current Debates in Gender
Instructor: K. Dellinger

T, 2:30 – 5:00
Location: Lamar 555

Examines the social and cultural construction of gender differences in contemporary U.S. society, focusing on the social history of gender roles and gender inequality in current cultural and institutional practices.