Gender and Sexuality in Literature (LIT 545)

2021 Spring
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Sibel Irzık,
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Doctoral, Master
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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.


deeper understanding of the vocabulary and discourse of feminism, gender studies, and queer theory

acquisition of skills to perform thematic and formal analyses of literature through close reading informed by the critical tools of gender studies
ability to create and present in writing coherent arguments about literature through the application of critical theory to text