English | PROJECTS IN READING AND WRITING
W170 | 1895 | Sukiennicki


TOPIC: "MAKING MONSTERS: WOMEN, CULTURE, AND THE GROTESQUE"

In this course, we will analyze how Western culture has constructed images
of monstrous women.  We will begin the course by familiarizing ourselves
with the definitions of and assumptions about "gender" and "femininity" made
by various cultural critics. Subsequently, using various theoretical
articles, visual media, and written texts, we will delve into the various
meanings and representations of monstrosity.  Using what we have learned
thus far about "gender" and "femininity," we will analyze the
particularities of the monstrous woman and think about the specific ways
"she" is gendered.  In the final paper, students will have the opportunity
to use what they have learned about gender and monstrosity to branch out
into another area of this social phenomenon and research a related topic of
interest.