Gender & Sexuality (Semester 3)

This course seeks to engage with different ways in which notions of gender and sexuality are understood, constructed, experienced, and resisted in specific academic and cultural contexts. At the core of the explorations are questions of the body; biological and social identities; maleness and femaleness; normative, performative and alternative sexuality; inter-gender and transgender; feminisms and masculinities. While close attention is paid to key theorists in the field, and historical development (of Gender Studies and LGBTQI Studies), the course is equally invested in how these issues shape creative texts, as well as personal narratives and perceptions.

Sample Texts:

Anne Fausto Sterling’s Sexing the Body,

Michel Foucault’s History of Sexuality,

Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home,

Charlotte Perkin Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper,

Lalithambika Antharjanam’s ‘Prathicaradevata’,

Begum Rokeya Hossein’s Sultana’s Dream,

R. Revathi’s The Truth About Me,

Jean Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea. Also,

Also included are essays by Mary Wollstonecraft, Virginia Woolf, Simone de Beauvoir, Monique Witting, Helene Cixous, Susan Gubar and Sandra Gilbert, Elaine Showalter, Susie Tharu and K Lalitha, Tarabai Shinde, Pandita Ramabai, Rakhmabai, Mrinalini Sinha, R.W. Connell, Judith Halberstram, and Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick.

Since the syllabi in MCPH are dynamic and regularly updated, this reading list is indicative and amenable to modifications in each session.