Week One: Introduction to the course, administrivia; 8th   and 10th First times

Readings: “The Women’s Room,” from Delta of Venus I, from Teleny, from Roman de la Rose

Week Two: Eat or Be Eaten?

Readings: “The Platonic Blow,” from Macho Sluts, “Figs,” Goblin Market, “The Flea”

Humour for the week: “The Disappointment”

21, 22, 24 Jan — Smooth Bits, Foldy Bits, Hairy Bits

Readings: “Creamy Breasts,” “The Penis,” “The Female Genitals,” from Les Guerillères, from Amores, “Obscur et Froncé”

Humour for the week: “Anglo-Saxon Riddle”

Week Three:  Taboos

Readings: “The Colonel’s Nieces,” from History of My Life [Casanova], from Delta of Venus II, “Venus and Tannhauser,” “Leda and the Swan,” “Nizam the Pederast”

Humour for the week: “from Kitty’s Atalantis”

Short Paper Due 

Week Four:  Class Cancelled

Week Five:  Reading Break

Week Six:  The Sacred and the Profane I

Readings: “A Full and True Account of a Dreaded Fire … in the Pope’s Breeches,” from The Lives of the Nuns, “Sonnet” [Baffo], from Account of the Visit Made to the Theatine Nuns, “Batter My Heart,” Letter from Heloise to Abelard

Humour for the week: “Epigrams” (Martial)

Week Seven:  The Sacred and the Profane II

Reading: “Song of Solomon,” “Song of Songs,” The Story of the Eye

Humour for the week: “Amores” (Ovid)

Mid-term Exam 

Week Eight:  Power and Pain I

Readings: from Myra Breckenridge, from Justine, or Philosophy in the Bedroom [both selections], “Marriage à la Mode”

Week Nine: Power and Pain II

Readings: from The Story of O, from Lesbia Brandon, “Grand Testament,” “from Last Exit to Brooklyn,” from Venus and Adonis

Response to Article 

Week Ten: Surprise! Voyeurism, Anonymity, The Unexpected

Readings: from Fanny Hill, from Ulysses, from The Conservationist, “My Subway Lover,” from My Secret Life

Week Eleven: Education I

Readings: from Life and Loves [Harris], “La Batarde,” begin The Piano Teacher

Week Twelve: Education II

Reading: TBD

Term Paper Due 

*Final Exam will be Scheduled During Exam Period*


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