An unexcused absence will result in the loss of four points from your FINAL grade for the course. You may also want to look at a more specific area within one of these topics.
There are a few, brief, writing assignments for the class. Questions: What role did sexuality play in mass culture in the late 1960s- 1970s? Coursepacket: Ann Snitow “Mass Market Romance,” Willis “Feminism, Moralism, and Pornography,” more reading TBA. January 20th _Martin Luther King Jr’s Birthday, Observed. Questions: What are some of the major cultural and political issues involving sexuality in the 1990s? Readings: Coursepacket: Donna Penn “Queer: theorizing Politics and History,” Rebecca Chalker “Updating the Model of Female Sexuality,” Michael Kimmel “Clarence, William, Iron Mike . You must, however, clear your topic with me by January 8.
While I will give brief lectures to tie together some of the material you’ve read, and we will be viewing portions of films and listening to music in class, most of our time will be spent in discussion of the material.
For this to work, students must complete their assigned readings before class meets each day. Due to the brief and intense nature of any winterterm course, attendance is absolutely required every single day.
As long as the University of Maryland is open, you are expected to be in class and on time.
REQUIREMENTS AND GRADING The largest portion of your grade will be based on your class participation.
Students will try to understand how Americans have used sexuality to construct ideas about race, class, and gender. SNOW POLICY: If the University of Maryland College Park campus is closed for any reason, we will make up that day’s class on the following Saturday at the regular meeting time and place.
If the campus is closed more than one day during the week, I will contact students by email or phone to arrange additional meeting time.
If you want to research a topic not on this list, you must clear it with me no later than January 8th. How did different people view sexuality in this period? Agenda: watch The Children’s Hour, listen to Elvis Presley and Little Richard. Questions: How did sexuality and politics influence each other in the 1960s? Coursepacket: Jonathan Zimmerman “Crossing Oceans, Crossing Colors: Black Peace Corps Volunteers and Interracial Love in Africa, 1961-1971,” Robin Morgan “Goodbye to All That” Agenda: Lecture. How did gay liberation groups and feminist groups redefine sexuality in this period?
You should focus on one topic for all of these assignments. No Class January 21: The Moral Majority and Reagan’s America Questions: Was there a “backlash” against more open sexual expression? How did this backlash envision appropriate sexuality (was it united on one view)? January 22: AIDS Questions: What role did AIDS play in changing views of sexuality and changing expressions of sexual desire in the 1980s and 1990s? Sexologists The Gay Liberation Movement Early lesbian and/or gay communities Feminism and sexuality Marital advice (In any period) Race and Sexuality (In any period) World War II and sexualities The early history of AIDs The homosexual scare in the 1950s Queer identities Film representations of sexuality Moral Majority Birth Control AIDS Literary works and sexuality (pick one work and discuss it’s reception) Religion and sexuality (in any period) Debates on pornography If you have appropriate syllabi, please contact CLGH chair Karen Krahulik at [email protected]
Some suggested topics are listed at the end of this syllabus. January 10: Kinsey and the postwar world Questions: What was the relationship between sexuality and ideas about American identity? Coursepacket: selection from From Front Porch to Back Seat, Excerpt from John D’Emilio’s Sexual Politics, Sexual Communities, Serlin “Christine Jorgenson and the Cold War Closet”. Agenda: watch Pillow Talk January 15: Sex on the Left. January 16: Feminism and Gay Liberation Questions: What role did sexuality play in the feminist movement of the late 1960s-1970s? Coursepacket: “Politicizing Pleasure” from Desiring Revolution, “Lesbian Feminist Revolution” from Lillian Faderman’s Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers, Lawrence Kissack “Freaking Fag Revolutionaries” Agenda: Discussion, Lecture. What affects did it have on different groups of Americans? Readings: Coursepacket: Larry Kramer “The Unwanted Messenger,” Padgug “More than the Story of a Virus.” Agenda: Lecture on cultural history of AIDS.
If you have an unavoidable absence, please contact me as soon as possible. Exam SOME POSSIBLE PAPER TOPICS: You are by no means limited to these topics– I can imagine hundreds more.
You must show written proof that your absence was unavoidable if you want the opportunity to complete a make-up assignment. Three tardy arrivals will be treated as an unexcused absence. This list is simply to get you thinking about the possibilities, and to help you if you are unsure about you historical interests.