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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
Boy and Chicken
gelatin silver print on paper
14 1/16 in. x 11 in. ( 35.7 cm x 28 cm )
Gift of Mr. & Mrs. Arnold M. Gilbert
A girl holding a hen in both of her arms, looking directly into the camera.
Dan Nelken
Nori with her Favorite Hen, Delaware County Fair
c-print on Fuji Crystal Archive paper
10 in. x 10 in. ( 25.4 cm x 25.4 cm )
Gift from the Collection of David S. Rosen MD, MPH
Eric Gill
Eve
wood engraving on paper
9 ⅜ in x 4 ⅝ in (23.81 cm x 11.75 cm);22 1/16 in x 18 ⅛ in (56.04 cm x 46.04 cm)
Gift of Jean Paul Slusser
Agnes Tait
The Aristocrat
lithograph on paper
9 ⅞ in x 13 ½ in (25.08 cm x 34.29 cm)
Gift of Adelaide A. Adams
Alice Kent Stoddard
My Cat for the Dr.
etching on paper
8 1/2 x 9 11/16 in. (21.5 x 24.5 cm);8 1/2 x 9 11/16 in. (21.5 x 24.5 cm)
Gift of Prof. and Mrs. Alfred H. White
A blonde girl standing on top of a horse in a field.
Anne Hughes
Girl on Horse
c-print on paper
16 x 20 in. ( 40.64 x 50.8 cm )
Gift from the Collection of David S. Rosen MD, MPH
Manuel Carrillo
Dog at Master's Feet
gelatin silver print on paper
9 15/16 in. x 8 in. ( 25.3 cm x 20.3 cm )
Gift of Mr. & Mrs. Arnold M. Gilbert
Nakayama Tadashi
Watashi no gogo (My Afternoon)
color woodblock print on paper
9 3/16 in. x 11 3/4 in. ( 23.34 cm x 29.85 cm )
Gift of Sheila and Ronnie Cresswell
Nakayama Tadashi
Kuroneko to shojo (Black Cat and Girl)
color woodblock print on paper
21 5/8 in. x 31 1/4 in. ( 54.93 cm x 79.38 cm )
Gift of Sheila and Ronnie Cresswell
Elliott Erwitt
Felix, Gladys and Rover, New York City, from "Master Prints Volume I"
gelatin silver print on paper
19 15/16 in. x 24 in. ( 50.7 cm x 60.9 cm )
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Sheldon Sobel
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
Lincoln, Maw and Shorty
gelatin silver print on paper
11 in x 14 in (27.94 cm x 35.56 cm)
Gift from the Collection of David S. Rosen MD, MPH
Close-up view of two dogs, one fully outfitted in a canine spacesuit, the other with face and front paws uncovered. 
Dmitri Baltermants
Mishka the Space Dog is Being Dressed, While Tsyganka the Other Space Dog is Already Dressed
gelatin silver print on paper
11 in x 14 in (27.94 cm x 35.56 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James Agah, Class of 1989 (BBA)

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