A study of how sexuality and sexual difference figured in the social practices and representations of the ancient Greek world. Topics for discussion include medical constructions of the male and female bodies, the politics of prostitution, the intersections of gender and slavery, depictions of sexuality in lyric poetry, drama, philosophy, legal discourse, and the novel, and the cultural significance of same-sex sexual realtions. Emphasis will be placed on the role of ancient gender arrangements and sexual practices in contemporary discussions, such as the feminist rediscovery of ancient matriarchies, Foucault's reconstructions of ancient models of the self, and the recent debates about the Colorado Amendment 2 Case. The course is open to interested graduate students in all fields, and no knowledge of Greek is required.
W 0630PM-0830PM
  • EDUC612401

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