This course traces the relationship between literary representations of monstrosity and gender politics. Spanning from the turn of the century until the present day, the readings will examine figures such as witches, werewolves, and vampires through folklore, literature, and contemporary culture. How do notions of beastliness make social norms visible—and produce them? How does the culturally contingent border between human and non-human participate in the construction of gendered bodies? The course will primarily consider literature and film. Readings may include but are not limited to works of authors/directors such as Selma Lagerlöf, Aino Kallas, Ingmar Bergman, Erik Blomberg, and August Strindberg.
This course satisfies the second half or the “B” portion of the Reading and Composition requirement.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of the “A” portion of the Reading & Composition requirement or its equivalent. Students may not enroll in nor attend R1B/R5B courses without completing this prerequisite.
Due to the high demand for R&C courses we monitor attendance very carefully. Attendance is mandatory the first two weeks of classes, this includes all enrolled and wait listed students. If you do not attend all classes the first two weeks you may be dropped. If you are attempting to add into this class during weeks 1 and 2 and did not attend the first day, you will be expected to attend all class meetings thereafter and, if space permits, you may be enrolled from the wait list.