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ENGL 489 Gender and Sexuality in Lit (K. Oestreich) ENGL 489 Sample Syllabus Oestreich K


This section of ENGL 489 explores the ways novels and their remediated iterations have interpreted and represented men’s and women’s relationships with themselves, their bodies, and their romantic relationships through social constructions of gender and power. To this end, we will investigate and interrogate the origins and transformations feminine and masculine ideals by analyzing a selection of novels—which will include but may not be limited to The Picture of Dorian Gray, Orlando, and Written on the Body—through contemporary feminist and queer theories. We will use also critical theory to help us understand how the construction of and our reactions to gendered sexuality in novels are historically, epistemologically, and ontologically significant.