ES.269 | Spring 2009 | Undergraduate
Passing: Flexibility in Race and Gender

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.) 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

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

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). (PDF)

6 Transgender issues (PDF) 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) Larsen, Nella. Passing. New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Co., 2007. ISBN: 9780393979169. [Preview in Google Books]
8 Doris Grumbach’s Chamber Music Grumbach, Doris. Chamber Music. Wainscott, New York, NY: Pushcart Press, 2008. ISBN: 9781888889536.

Transsexuality and the medical community (PDF)

(Courtesy of Rachel Dillon.)

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

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

Califia, Patrick. “Transsexual Autobiography.” In Sex Changes: Transgender Politics. San Francisco, CA: Cleis Press, 2003. ISBN: 9781573441805.

10 Essays from Nobody Passes (PDF) 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

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