Passing: Flexibility in Race and Gender

A white line divides the sidewalk. A woman walks on the left and a man on the right.

Although much of the world views gender as distinctly binary, this course examines the way race and gender can be blurred and complex. (Image courtesy of colodio on flickr.)


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Spring 2009



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This course is primarily a literature seminar. We will use American literature as a lens through which to examine different passing tropes. It will provide an introduction to queer, gender, and critical race theories for science and math majors. We will read such works as Running A Thousand Miles for Freedom, Incognegro, and Focault's A History of Sexuality, to name just a few.

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Rachel Dillon. ES.269 Passing: Flexibility in Race and Gender. Spring 2009. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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