syllabus

In this course, we will study the multifaceted nexus of language, sex, sexuality and erotic desire. We will examine linguistic and other semiotic resources and strategies people use to construct and perform their sexual subjectivities and identities. The course will provide a forum for an ongoing critical analysis of ways in which sex and sexualities are discursively elaborated, socially valorized and subjected to policing and control. Moving beyond the usual issues of how non-heterosexual orientations/identities are expressed in language (the recurrent question of gay/lesbian/queer 'language'), we will also deal with ways of indexing 'straightness', as well as with the verbal expression of erotic desire. The perspective introduced by various case-studies throughout the course will ...

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