Gender and Sexuality in Literature (LIT 445)

2019 Spring
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Literature(LIT)
3
6.00 / 6.00 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
Sibel Irzık sibeli@sabanciuniv.edu,
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Undergraduate
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CONTENT

This course explores the ways in which literature reflects, influences, creates, and reveals cultural beliefs about gender roles, identities, and sexuality by analyzing short stories, novels, poems, and plays from a diversity of eras and national traditions. Literary texts are studied in the light of major works of feminist and queer literary theories and histories of sexuality. The ways in which gender intersects with other cultural issues such as race, nationhood, globalization, and class is also addressed in the context of specific literary texts.

PROGRAMME OUTCOMES


1. Understand the world, their country, their society, as well as themselves and have awareness of ethical problems, social rights, values and responsibility to the self and to others.

2. Understand different disciplines from natural and social sciences to mathematics and art, and develop interdisciplinary approaches in thinking and practice.

3. Think critically, follow innovations and developments in science and technology, demonstrate personal and organizational entrepreneurship and engage in life-long learning in various subjects.

4. Communicate effectively in Turkish and English by oral, written, graphical and technological means.

5. Take individual and team responsibility, function effectively and respectively as an individual and a member or a leader of a team; and have the skills to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams.


1. Develop knowledge of theories, concepts, and research methods in humanities and social sciences.

2. Assess how global, national and regional developments affect society.

3. Know how to access and evaluate data from various sources of information.


1. Demonstrate safe working habits and a general understanding of materials and processes in the visual arts.

2. Demonstrate knowledge of representational processes using visual as well as audial material as mediums of representation.

3. Show working knowledge of the process of transforming abstract/textual concepts into concrete, audio/visual forms.

4. Appreciate and express the cultural significance of art and understand its evolution and purposes.

5. Develop an awareness of compositional and organizational strategies for the effective deployment of formal elements of visual art.

6. Read visual texts with a deep knowledge of art history and theory and the ability of situating the content and form of the visual representation both in a historical and thematic context.

7. Employ necessary background knowledge regarding art administration in the body of museums and galleries.

8. Show a practical and technical command of materials and methods in one or more media of the visual arts.


1. Demonstrate an understanding of the multiple methodologies and interpret different approaches, concepts, and theoretical legacies in the interdisciplinary field of Cultural Studies.

2. Identify interconnections of knowledge within and across the disciplines of sociology, anthropology, literature, visual studies, philosophy, and psychology.

3. Cultivate a critical approach to the study of culture, articulating the relations between culture, power, and history; exploring cultural diversity and socio-cultural change at the local, national and global level; and exploring the corresponding demands for rights and social justice.

4. With the use of appropriate technologies, be able to present advanced oral and written evaluations of developments in the realm of cultural production, consumption, and representation.