Course Number

CMLT 133

Syllabus Date

Spring 2014

Department course is offered by

CMLT - Comparative Literature

Course description

What happens when we think of sexuality, with all of its transgressive and individualistic energies, in terms of rationally established universal human rights? Literary texts that focus on individual cases in the context of larger cultural and social traditions with a particular attention to the power of language can help us sort through some of the complex ideas that emerge from a discussion of sexual rights.

In this class, we will focus on issues such as sadism, masochism, polygamy, prostitution, HIV/AIDS, and transsexuality that bring questions of rights to the forefront.

A photo of this Spring 2014 class was taken as part of Professor Bob Tobin's ongoing class photo tradition.


sexuality, human rights, gender studies, queer studies, trans studies, LGBTQ+



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