Gender, Sex, Bodies, and Religion

REL-R 561 SOCIAL-SCIENTIFIC APPROACHES TO RELIGION — Fall 2020

Instructor
Heather Blair
Days and Times
TR 4:00-5:15P
Course Description

How does the fact that we have and in fact are bodies relate to how we do religion? How do religious beliefs and practices shape our bodies and our constructions of gender? What are our bodies for? This discussion-intensive course encourages students to develop their own answers to these and related questions through analytical engagement with a wide range of source materials. For example, we’ll explore how race and religion tangle with each other in contemporary American visual art. And we’ll compare ancient Buddhist and Christian sex-change narratives to chart differences in the gendered qualities of enlightenment and salvation. Plus, we’ll explore what the cultural history of Chinese foot-binding might have in common with Lady Gaga’s popular appeal. 

Image credit: Frohawk Two Feathers, Irene of the Sisters of the Red Wood, 2014, acrylic, ink, coffee, and tea on paper.

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