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GERM 221: (re/ex)press yourself: Sexuality and Gender in Fin-de-Siècle Literature and Art

In this course, we will explore literature and art of German-speaking countries around the topics of gender and sex(uality). We will focus on the years between 1880 and 1920, but also venture into more recent times. What was the image of men and women at the time and how did these images change or remain the same? How did science factor into these images? What was/is considered “normal” when it comes to sex(uality) and gender, and what German-speaking voices have been pushing against those norms? How did these voices use literature and art to reflect or criticize such norms? Texts and class discussions will be in English. 
6 credits; HI, WR2, IS; Offered Spring 2022; J. Schicker