SPECIAL TOPICS
Session
Academic Term
Class Number
31343
Career
Graduate
Dates
1/19/2021 - 5/1/2021
Units
3 units
Grading
Grad Letter Grade
Description
This graduate course addresses a current topic in gender, sexuality, or women's studies. Topic varies by instructor.
Class Attributes
Class Materials on Reserve at Hillman Library
Gender, Sexuality & Women's St
West European Studies
Class Notes
Informed by work in feminist, ethnic, queer, transgender, and sexuality studies, ¿masculinity studies¿ or ¿critical studies of men and masculinity¿ (CSMM) assumes that men and masculinity¿in their numerous, complicated variations¿are texts that can be analyzed from a gendered perspective. No longer are men considered as the incarnation of the universal (¿the measure of all things¿) or as an unmarked category, and no longer is masculinity the exclusive domain of cisgender men. Scholars have studied masculinity outside of the cis male body, analyzing how female and trans* masculinities function without ¿men.¿ Work on the global and on affect has also taken CSMM in exciting new directions. Our goals in this course will be twofold. First, we will study some of the most important theoretical approaches to masculinity that have influenced the interdisciplinary field of study, with a focus on approaches from the humanities and social sciences. Our basic question will be: What is masculinity and how does it function? We will begin the course with a rigorous examination of key theoretical approaches, especially those of Connell, Bourdieu, Foucault, Butler, and Sedgwick. Throughout the semester, we will consider aspects of masculinity such as power, nature, anxiety, intimacy, effeminacy, the body, sexuality, homosociality, homoerotics, men in two¿s, affect and emotion, female masculinity, transgender, globalization, migration, disability, ethnicity, race, and racialized relations. Second, we will take a select number of case studies from various cultural contexts that are important in themselves as representations of masculinity and that will give us the opportunity to examine how the theoretical approaches studied can be ¿tested.¿ Thus, one of our goals will be to put theory and text/context in dialogue in order to better illuminate various aspects of men and masculinity. Because this is a deeply interdisciplinary course, with students from a wide variety of disciplines, students will be encouraged to relate the course readings to their own work in their home departments and to branch out into other disciplinary configurations. As the course is designed to help students think about masculinities in any cultural or historical context, students will be welcome to write their papers on subjects related to their own disciplines, if they so choose. The course is intended particularly for students in Gender/Sexuality Studies, English, Languages, Film/Media, Fine Arts, Cultural Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, and Communication, and one goal of the course is for students from diverse programs and backgrounds to share their knowledge and receive feedback in supportive classroom environment. Questions? Contact Prof. Todd Reeser, reeser@pitt.edu. Course capped at 12.
Class Details
Instructor(s)
Todd Reeser
Topic
Masculinities
Meets
We 3:55PM - 6:25PM
Meeting Dates
01/19/2021 - 05/01/2021
Room
402E Cathedral of Learning
Campus
Pittsburgh Campus
Location
Pittsburgh Campus
Components
Lecture Required
Textbooks/Materials
Textbooks to be determined
Class Availability
Status
Open
Seats Taken
11
Seats Open
1
Class Capacity
12
Unrestricted Seats
1
Restricted Seats
0
Wait List Total
0
Wait List Capacity
0