INTRODUCTION TO THE COURSE
Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary academic field based on the premise that, while sex (a person’s identification as male or female) is determined by anatomy, gender (masculinity or femininity in personality traits and behaviour) can be largely independent of anatomy and is a asocial construction that is diverse, variable and dependent on historical circumstances. This course titled, Literature and Gender analyses differing conceptions of gender and their role in the writing, reception. subject matter and evaluation of literary works.
The course seeks to highlight the historic, thematic and cultural concerns that literature attempts against the backdrop of gender issues. The courses focuses selected essays which would provide a theoretical framework to the students, whereby gender issues are examined, paying special attention to the fundamental political, religious and social issues that shape gender relations, thereby viewing gender as a fluid rather than a mere fixed hetero-normative Male-Female concept.