Lecture Notes and Readings

Unless otherwise stated, the notes in this section were created by an OpenCourseWare staff member who observed the course. Currently the notes for week #2, #8, and #13 are not available.

WEEK # Lecture notes READINGS
1 Racial passing (PDF)   (Courtesy of Rachel Dillon.) Buy at Amazon Craft, William, and Ellen Craft. Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom. Atlanta, GA: University of Georgia Press, 1999. ISBN: 9780820321042. [Read the book online]
2 Interplay between race, gender, class, and literacy Continue with Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom.
3 Interplay between race, gender, class, and literacy (cont.) (PDF)

Continue with Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom.

Taylor, Edward. "A Primer on Critical Race Theory." The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education 19 (1998): 122-124.

McCaskill, Barbara. "Yours Very Truly: Ellen Craft-The Fugitive as Text and Artifact." African American Review (Winter 1994).


Discussion about Incognegro (PDF)

Special Guest: Zanele Muholi

Buy at Amazon Johnson, Mat, and Warren Pierce. Incognegro. New York, NY: Vertigo, 2008. ISBN: 9781401210977.
5 Gender theory (PDF)

Buy at Amazon Foucault, Michel. The History of Sexuality, Volume 1: An Introduction. New York, NY: Vintage Press, 1990. ISBN: 9780679724698.

Hackney, James R., Jr. "Review: Derrick Bell's Re-Sounding: W.E.B. DuBois, Modernism, and Critical Race Scholarship." Law and Social Inquiry 23, no. 1 (1998): 141-164.

Butler, Judith. "Peformative Acts and Gender Constitution: An Essay in Phenomenology and Feminist Theory." (1988). (This resource may not render correctly in a screen reader.PDF)

6 Transgender issues (PDF) Buy at Amazon Raymond, Janice. The Transsexual Empire: The Making of the She-Male. New York, NY: Teachers College Press, 1994. ISBN: 9780807762721.
7 Nella Larsen's Passing (PDF) Buy at Amazon Larsen, Nella. Passing. New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Co., 2007. ISBN: 9780393979169. [Preview in Google Books]
8 Doris Grumbach's Chamber Music Buy at Amazon Grumbach, Doris. Chamber Music. Wainscott, New York, NY: Pushcart Press, 2008. ISBN: 9781888889536.

Transsexuality and the medical community (PDF)

(Courtesy of Rachel Dillon.)

Buy at Amazon Serano, Julia. Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity. Berkeley, CA: Seal Press, 2007. ISBN: 9781580051545. pp. 23-64.

Buy at Amazon Prosser, Jay. Second Skins. New York, NY: Columbia University Press, 1998. ISBN: 9780231109345. Chapter 2.

Buy at Amazon Califia, Patrick. "Transsexual Autobiography." In Sex Changes: Transgender Politics. San Francisco, CA: Cleis Press, 2003. ISBN: 9781573441805.

10 Essays from Nobody Passes (PDF) Buy at Amazon Sycamore, Matt Bernstein. Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity. Berkeley, CA: Seal Press, 2006. ISBN: 9781580051842.
11 Nobody Passes (cont.) (PDF) Comeau, Joey. Lockpick Pornography. Vancouver, BC: Loose Teeth Press, 2008.
12 Nobody Passes (cont.) (PDF)  

Student presentations

(See Projects section)