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September 1998

THE YALE COLLEGE FALL COURSE SUPPLEMENT


American Studies 337a/HW&GS 337a, DISCOURSES OF DISSENT AND DEVIANCE. Alexandra Chasin.
      Th 2.30-4.20 Not cr/d/f III(0)
A presentation of alternative models for understanding “deviant” behavior in selected case studies and cultural texts. Topics include deviance as an extension of culturally dominant values and individuals who have crossed the conventional borders between the normal and the deviant, with particular attention to the categories of race, sex, gender identity, and class.  Cases include anorexia as hyperfemininity (Bordo) and matricide as repressed homo-Oedipalism (Borden). Texts include The Moynihan Report and works by Carnegie, Feinberg, Guare, and Segrest.

Anthropology 388ag, ANTHROPOLOGIES OF ANTHROPOLOGY. Kira Hall.
      T 1.30-3.20 III(0)
An examination of the ways in which “anthropological”-“discourse” is discussed and analyzed. The fundamentals of “discourse” analysis, as developed in ethnography of speaking, jargon studies, vector analysis, and interactional sociolinguistics.

English 204a, GREAT WOMEN WRITERS. Harold Bloom.
      W1.30-3.20. I(0)
Close readings of Moses, Homer, Dickinson. Not a survey course.

German Studies 306a/History 453a, THE CULTURAL POLITICS OF RACE AND NATION. Erik Grant.
      T 9.30-11.20 Not cr/d/f II(0)
An examination of the connections between discourses of race and nation. Novels, films, music, and historical monographs are used to explore how Semitism and being German are intimately connected and only understood in relation to each other. 

Political Science 119a, WESTERN MORAL THOUGHT, 1975-1981. Ian Shapiro.
      MW 9.30-10.20, 1 HTBA III(0)
A look at developments in political discourse and moral theory in this crucial period of recent history. Emphasis on the relation between political theories and cultural expression, freedom and constraint, and the tension between liberty and equality. Readings from Steinem, Prince, Sex Pistols, Nozick, Rawls.

Political Science 201a/Sociology 208a, SEXUALITY AFTER WELFARE REFORM
 Eva Bertram and Kim Blankenship.
      M 1.30-3.20 Not cr/d/f III(36)
Examination of the ways that public policies are structured and in turn structure private sexual choices. Focus on four concepts that have been especially important in qualitative studies of the United States–race, class, gender, and ethnicity. Diversification of the sexual economy in microeconomic perspective. Sexuality as resistance:-“screwing the system.” In-depth examination of recent efforts to fund Viagra through Medicaid. Discussion of a variety of feminist perspectives, among them cultural feminism, socialist feminism, Green feminism, Red feminism, mauve feminism, postcolonial feminism, postmodern feminism, poststructuralist feminism, vehicular feminism, and queer theory.

Sociology 321a/HW&GS 402a, CLOTHING, CLASS, AND CULTURE.  Joshua Gamson.
      T 9.30-11.20 Not cr/d/f III(0)
From sumptuary laws to fraternity streakers, clothing or its lack has been a hotly contested arena of cultural practice. In this class we will study feminist and Freudian reinterpretations of the codpiece, the rise of the Gap, and the transgendered implications of the “skort.”  Readings from Foucault, Plato, Ciccone (“Vogue”).
 

Richard Levin says “There is no single definition of a liberal education.” 
Richard Brodhead says, “But I like skorts!” 

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