Cross-dressing, Identity and Gender in History (MALS667-011)
The seminar will use plays, novels, memoirs, movies and more to examine the construction and development of gender distinctions from antiquity to the present. The readings and discussions will be particularly concerned with the transgressions of gender roles and conventions—with recurring reference to the “meaning” of femininity and masculinity. The wide array of sources, genres and historical periods is intended to foster comparisons and analysis of the differences. This course will focus on questions of identity and gender and NOT sexuality or sexual preference. Click here for a draft syllabus: MALS gender syllabus draft.pdf
Black Bodies on Display: Race in Museums (MALS667-010)
- Wednesdays, 6-9 p.m.
- Instructor: Julie McGee
- Newark Campus
complex and performative nature of museums vis-a-vis race, remembrance
and reconciliation with a focus on Black American and African Diasporic
history and culture. What role[s] do objects, history, and culture
perform under such curatorial and museum mandates and visions? How do
changing socio-political and cultural landscapes and challenges to
representational politics shape museum practices? Considered here are
black cultural institutions, their formation and foundation as well as
exhibition histories of black visual art and culture.
Studies in Contemporary Culture: American Nightmares (MALS626-010)
- Thursdays, 6-9 p.m.
- Instructor: Joel Best
- Newark Campus
There is a tension in our culture between our aspirations idealized by the notion of the American Dream, and our fears that things are--or are on the verge of getting worse. We might call these fears American Nightmares. This seminar will explore some of these contemporary concerns about inequality, injustice, conspiracies, and the like.
Click here for a draft syllabus: MALS626 American Nightmares Draft Syllabus.pdf