Course Catalog

01:988:369 Feminism, Space, and Visuality

Course Description

This is an introductory course on theories of space and visuality. Instead of focusing on the question of gender and space, a recent concern of many feminists, this course will examine the more preliminary and general questions of how space, and vision which is the bodily sense that functions best to organize and structure space, have been associated with historically developed concepts of femininity and masculinity. It asks if and how the differences between the sexes may help us to understand how we conceive in and live in space, and how we are able to represent it using light; and how changing our understanding of sexual difference may transform how space and vision are understood, organized and represented. Beginning with key writings by feminist philosopher, Luce Irigaray on the relations between vision, space and sexuality, we will explore how conceptions and theories of space, light and vision are implicitly elaborated in and linked to the same terms as the differences of the sexes.