Political Philosophy and Sexuality (2017/2018)

Course code
4S003325
Name of lecturer
Lorenzo Bernini
Coordinator
Lorenzo Bernini
Number of ECTS credits allocated
6
Academic sector
SPS/01 - POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY
Language of instruction
Italian
Period
Sem. IA dal Sep 25, 2017 al Nov 11, 2017.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

Western political thought has extensively concealed sexual differences behind the principle of the alleged equality of all individuals before the law. This course provides examples of critical philosophies that, on the contrary, have interrogated the relationship between politics and sexuality from the point of view of so-called ‘sexual minorities’, and have consequently developed new interpretative frames to understand the subject, collectivity, and political action.
At the end of the course, students will have to prove that they:
- accurately know the subjects of the program,
- are able to expose them in a consequential and concise way,
- have acquired independent judgement.

Syllabus

Course title:
Queer Theories: An Introduction

Course content:
From 1900 onwards, a by now broad tradition of critical thinking has been problematizing the relationship between politics and sexuality. This course focuses specifically on three theoretical approaches that, each in its way, have engaged with the concepts of drive, desire and identification, developing different visions of that relationship:
- Freudomarxist theories of sexual liberation,
- social constructivist theories of sexuality and gender,
- antisocial and affective queer theories.

Methods:
Seminar classes, topic discussions.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Mario Mieli Elementi di critica omosessuale Feltrinelli 2002 Soltanto la Premessa e il cap 1. Il desiderio omosessuale è universale, pp. 7-62. Entrambi saranno disponibili in fotocopia presso la copisteria La rapida, via dell’Artigliere 5, Verona.
Paola Bacchetta e Laura Fantone Femminismi queer postcoloniali: Critiche transnazionali all’omofobia, all’islamofobia e all’omonazionalismo ombre corte 2015 Soltanto il saggio di Jasbir Puar e Amit Rai, Mostro terrorista frocio: La guerra al terrorismo e la produzione di patrioti docili, pp. 150-178. Il saggio sarà disponibile in fotocopia presso la copisteria La rapida, via dell’Artigliere 5, Verona.
Leo Bersani Homos Nuova Pratiche Editrice 1998 Soltanto il cap. 2 L’assenza gay, e il cap. 3 Il gay papà e relative note, pp. 37-113 e 176-181. Queste parti saranno disponibili in fotocopia presso la copisteria La rapida, via dell’Artigliere 5, Verona.
Michel Foucault La volontà di sapere Feltrinelli 2005 Soltanto il cap. II L’ipotesi repressiva e il cap. IV Il dispositivo di sessualità, pp. 19-48 e 69-117.
Lorenzo Bernini Le teorie queer: Un’introduzione Mimesis 2017
Massimo Prearo Politiche dell’orgoglio: Sessualità, soggettività e movimenti sociali Edizioni ETS 2015 Soltanto il saggio di Susan Stryker, Una storia del movimento transgender: Esperienza, omonormatività e pratiche disciplinari, pp. 39-56. Il saggio sarà disponibile in fotocopia presso la copisteria La rapida, via dell’Artigliere 5, Verona.
Judith Butler Questione di genere: Il femminismo e la sovversione dell’identità Laterza 2013 Soltanto: il par. 3.II Foucault, Herculine e la politica della discontinuità sessuale, il par. 3.III Monique Wittig: la disintegrazione del corpo e il sesso fittizio, il par. 3.IV Iscrizioni corporee, sovversioni performative, e la Conclusione: dalla parodia alla politica, pp. 134-210.

Assessment methods and criteria

For both attending and non-attending students: oral exam (from January to September 2018).
The students are required to bring the readings at the exam.
The evaluation will be based on:
- pertinence of the answers,
- consequentiality of the arguments,
- ability to think in a personal and independent way.

STUDENT MODULE EVALUATION - 2017/2018