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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Representations of Sexuality
Module Code LC547
School SALIS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Olga Springer
Semester 2: Olga Springer
Autumn: Olga Springer
Module TeachersJean-Philippe Imbert
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Similar essay requirements

This module aims to explore how sexuality, gendered subjectivities and representations are constructed in art, mainly literary texts, film and the performative and visual arts. We will explore how these narrative forms work to establish and to subvert stereotypes of masculinity and femininity.

Learning Outcomes

1. Identify the continuities and discontinuities in the literary and artistic representations of gender and sexuality.
2. Differentiate between the various discourses of Gender and Sexuality Studies theory.
3. Determine which theoretical tools relating to Gender and Sexuality Studies are relevant, and integrate theoretical tools of relevance to his/her argumentation.
4. Demonstrate an understanding of how a literary or artistic artefact addresses the Gender and Sexuality Studies-related debates of the society from which it arises.
5. Relate the representation of gender and sexuality to broader cultural and societal issues.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Independent Study146No Description
Seminars24Attendance of and active participation in seminars.
Fieldwork30Completing set preparatory activities (reading and related tasks) in advance of each seminar.
Assignment Completion50Assignment preparation and completion.
Seminars24No Description
Independent Study226No Description
Total Workload: 500

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Indicative Content and Learning Activities
We will discuss various literary and filmic productions that address or reflect current debates relating to sexuality studies and to gender studies. Using a comparative approach, we will look at different ways authors and artists explore these discourses on/of gender and sexuality, and their impact on different cultural and artistic domains. Students will conduct both independent and collaborative work in the course of the module, as well as regular reading and viewing, and associated analytical and reflective tasks.

Please note that all resources listed are subject to confirmation by the lecturer at the start of the semester.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
PresentationIn-class presentation30%n/a
EssayEnd-of-semester essay70%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Jean Genet: 1966, The Balcony, Grove Press, 0802150349
  • Jeffrey Eugenides: 2003, Middlesex, Macmillan, 978-031299173
  • Alison Bechdel: 2006, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 978-022408051
  • Hervé Guibert: 1994, To the Friend who Did Not Save My Life, Serpents Tail, 1852423285
  • Angela Carter: 2015, The Bloody Chamber, Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition, 978-014310761
  • Arthur Schnitzler: 0, Dream Story, Penguin Modern Classics, 978-014118224
  • Virginia Woolf: 2020, Orlando: A Biography, Penguin Modern Classics, 978-024143630
Other Resources

59016, Primary theoretical text, Foucault, 0, HISTORY OF SEXUALITY, volumes 1, 2 and 3, 59017, Primary theoretical text, Butler, 0, Undoing Gender, 59018, Primary theoretical text, Halberstam, Judith, 0, Female Masculinity, 0, Primary theoretical text, Halberstam, Judith, 0, In a Queer Time and Place,
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Date of Last Revision09-DEC-08

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