EN 2011 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: Marlon Riggs, Michel Houellebecq

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EN 2011
Lect 1: Tuesday Sept 15, 2015
Prof: Henriette T. Donner
TA: Lauren Fournier
Contact: lgfourni@yorku.ca
Hours: Tuesday 3:00 – 4:00 608 Atkinson
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1. A matter of knowledge and courage - a recent cause to disturb us; speaking with
courage
2. About our subject – Gender
3. Marlon Riggs – Black is Black Ain’t
Turning an Unforeseen Shock
Opportunity to review the reason behind our course – in the way that hate speech
is cowardly (online social media forums)  affirming a complicity in the
supremacy of madness
Extremist (mimetic infection) attack on feminists as a course of change
Literature indicates views as incendiary and inflames but it is not original as an
expression of dissatisfaction
Recent fame of Michel Houellebecq
About our Subject
… of a reasonable subject with a rational discussion…
How do we deal with a course that touches on the powers that are central to my
image, status, and my sense of self when they are all at stake?
What is gender?
Is it biologically determined? Or socially constructed? Or both?
How does sexuality fit in?
Issues of race, ethnicity, and belonging will be placed alongside discussion of
queerness, masculinity, and power
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