1. Print off and read the following:
Toril Moi’s chapter ‘Feminist, Female, Feminine’ available here:
An excerpt from Judith Butler’s discussion of ‘Subversive Bodily Acts’ in Gender Trouble (1990), available here under ‘seminar reading’:
2. In the light of the theories of gender and sexuality discussed in the lecture, consider the following questions:
- Summarise the most important points made by Toril Moi in the above chapter. (200 words or fewer). Add your summary in the comments section below by Thursday 6pm
- Andy, Matthew, Faz
- What insights might be gained from a feminist reading of Le Coup de lune? (You might like to consider Felman’s reading of Adieu for comparison).
- Summarise the most important points made by Butler in the above excerpt. (200 words or fewer). Add your summary in the comments section below by Thursday 6pm
- Polly, Peter, Jordan
- How can Butler’s ideas about the performativity of gender inform our reading of literary, filmic or musical texts? Explain using an example of any text.
- In what ways does a reader’s own gender identity/sexuality inform or bias the reading of a text? Explain your ideas with reference to one of the texts on the Strategies course.
3. Some lighter reading (optional but entertaining):
A witty feminist critique of a the Unilad website, written by a Warwick student:
Compare this to Toril Moi’s short discussion of today’s undergraduates’ reluctance to call themselves ‘feminists’: