ENG 412J: Sexuality and Gender in 18th Century Literature

 

Dr. Goode 3 credits

          Exploring both canonical and little-known texts of diverse genres (poetry, drama, the novel, medical treatises, pornography, and nonfiction prose), we will investigate certain standard literary figures of the “long” eighteenth century—the rake, the libertine, the fop, the molly, the man of feeling, the tribade, the masculine woman, the woman of manners, the cross-dressed woman, and the romantic friend. We will explore these figures not as stable identity categories, but as means through which writers of the time articulated or displaced anxieties over the shifting paradigms of gender and sex in the emergent modern era. In addition to reading primary texts, we will read critical essays from leading scholars of Restoration and 18th-century studies   

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