Black Sexualities

Semester: 
Spring
Year: 
2013
Subject Name: 

Women's & Gender Studies

Course Number: 
330
Institution: 
Amherst College

(Offered as BLST 236 [US] and WAGS 330)  From the modern era to the contemporary moment, the intersection of race, gender, and class has been especially salient for people of African descent—for men as well as for women. How might the category of sexuality act as an additional optic through which to view and reframe contemporary and historical debates concerning the construction of black identity? In what ways have traditional understandings of masculinity and femininity contributed to an understanding of African American life and culture as invariably heterosexual? How have black lesbian, gay, and transgendered persons effected political change through their theoretical articulations of identity, difference, and power? In this interdisciplinary course, we will address these questions through an examination of the complex roles gender and sexuality play in the lives of people of African descent. Remaining attentive to the ways black people have claimed social and sexual agency in spite of systemic modes of inequality, we will engage with critical race theory, black feminist thought, queer-of-color critique, literature, art, film, “new media” and erotica, as well as scholarship from anthropology, sociology, and history.

Limited to 25 students. Spring semester. Visiting Professor Polk.

Linked Course: 
N
Instructor Permission Required: 
N
Crosslisted Section ID: 
BLST-236-01,WAGS-330-01
Schedule #: 
WAGS-330-01-1213S

Course Sections

Black Sexualities
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0

Khary Polk

kpolk@amherst.edu

TTH 02:30PM-03:50PM

MERR 401