GRSJ 401: Gender, Body, and Society

Monstrous bodies/Monstrous texts
Term 2

Dr. Kim Snowden

This course will address the ways that the body is rendered monstrous through discourses of misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, and racism with a focus on representations of monstrous bodies in literature, film, and popular culture. We will read and analyze a number of novels, short stories, speculative fiction, science fiction, horror, and young adult fiction and watch a number of films and excerpts from television. Scholarly readings and theory includes: feminist theories of monstrosity and abjection, somatechnics, cyborg feminism, afrofuturist feminism, Indigenous futurisms, queer theory, and feminist disability studies.

Texts and film may include: Octavia Butler’s Bloodchild and Fledgling, Rebecca Roanhorse’s Trail of Lightning, Alien, Mad Max, Ex-Machina, Ginger Snaps.