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W16 Benjamin - COMPLIT 122 - Just Passing Through: Crossing Gender Race Species Lines

Our lives may not interact with these categories every day, but recent scholarship shows that we are subtly (and not so subtly) formed by our collective notions of gender, race and species. What does it mean to create such categories? Are they as stable as they might seem? In this course we will be reading short stories, scholarly essays, music videos, and other forms of media to explore notions of passing, crossing, and undoing binaries (such as man/woman, white/nonwhite) in a variety of cultural contexts. The artists we’ll look at have varied understandings of how gender, race, and species fit into our conception of who we are as humans and we’ll be looking to map these views in a number of ways. We will pay close attention to the relationship between one’s social and cultural status and the impact of class, noting the ways in which these topics intersect with each other. What does it mean to talk about racial identity alongside animals? What do animals have to do with gender? How does it change our understanding of “normal” to take such questions into account? Over the course of the semester, we will explore unexpected, strange, and wonderful connections. Course material may include works by Franz Kafka, Nella Larsen, Zackary Drucker, Antony and the Johnsons, and Joy Williams.

Alma Davenport<br><em>Boy and Chicken</em><br>20th century<br>gelatin silver print | paper<br>Gift of Mr. &amp; Mrs. Arnold M. Gilbert<br>1981/2.31
A girl holding a hen in both of her arms, looking directly into the camera.
Dan Nelkin<br><em>Nori with her Favorite Hen, Delaware County Fair</em><br>2000 - 2008<br>c-print | Fuji Crystal Archive paper<br>Gift from the Collection of David S. Rosen MD, MPH<br>2013/2.164
Eric Gill<br><em>Eve</em><br>1926<br>wood engraving | paper<br>Gift of Jean Paul Slusser<br>1959/1.134
Agnes Tait<br><em>The Aristocrat</em><br>1936<br>lithograph | paper<br>Gift of Adelaide A. Adams<br>1949/1.41
Alice Kent Stoddard<br><em>My Cat for the Dr.</em><br>etching | paper<br>Gift of Prof. and Mrs. Alfred H. White<br>1940.238
A blonde girl standing on top of a horse in a field.
Anne Hughes<br><em>Girl on Horse</em><br>1950 - 2013<br>c-print | paper<br>Gift from the Collection of David S. Rosen MD, MPH<br>2013/2.147
Manuel Carrillo<br><em>Dog at Master's Feet</em><br>20th century<br>gelatin silver print | paper<br>Gift of Mr. &amp; Mrs. Arnold M. Gilbert<br>1981/2.5
Nakayama Tadashi<br><em>Watashi no gogo (My Afternoon)</em><br>1975<br>color woodblock print | paper<br>Gift of Sheila and Ronnie Cresswell<br>2011/2.31
Nakayama Tadashi<br><em>Kuroneko to shojo (Black Cat and Girl)</em><br>1973<br>color woodblock print | paper<br>Gift of Sheila and Ronnie Cresswell<br>2011/2.26
Elliott Erwitt<br><em>Felix, Gladys and Rover, New York City, from "Master Prints Volume I"</em><br>1974<br>gelatin silver print | paper<br>Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Sheldon Sobel<br>1987/1.194.4
A portrait of two men and a dog. The man on the left is wearing a hat and white shirt; he has a large moustache. The older man to the right is wearing a plaid button down shirt.
Shelby Lee Adams<br><em>Lincoln, Maw and Shorty</em><br>1992<br>gelatin silver print | paper<br>Gift from the Collection of David S. Rosen MD, MPH<br>2013/2.86
Close-up view of two dogs, one fully outfitted in a canine spacesuit, the other with face and front paws uncovered. 
Dmitri Baltermants<br><em>Mishka the Space Dog is Being Dressed, While Tsyganka the Other Space Dog is Already Dressed</em><br>1960<br>gelatin silver print | paper<br>Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James Agah, Class of 1989 (BBA)<br>2012/2.90

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