Sex Space and the Monstrous

Dublin City University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Sex Space and the Monstrous

  • Host University

    Dublin City University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Gender Studies, Sociology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    The course will investigate and explore contemporary literary representations of monsters and of the monstrous, as well as the enduring influence of monsters and the monstrous on contemporary human cultures. Starting from varied literary productions, we will branch out into non-literary fields of expression, and analyse the clashes, interactions and transformations nurtured from the encounters between both literary and non-literary worlds. The course will be based on varied literary documents belonging to many genres, from novels to diaries, via medical logbooks, theatre plays, the media, T.V. and film scripts. These texts, representing different aspects of contemporary monsters and contemporary representations of the monstrous, will come from European and non-European literary productions. The very open nature the course will allow to cater for the different needs and desires of the different student cohorts, and even though the course will be based on varied literary productions, it will bridge over to non-literary artefacts and/or fields of expression.

    Learning Outcomes
    1. Understand, gain critical expertise and apply the theoretical concepts of teratology onto literaty texts and other artistic expressions
    2. indentify the nature and role of monsters in the literary and artistic spheres
    3. appraise, from the perspective of comparative literature, the creation of specific “monsters”, and the literary representations of “contemporary monsters”
    4. assess, outside of the world of literature, the role, function and consequences of such literary or artistic creations
    5. acknowledge the limitations of the acceptation and (mis)understanding of the monster, and of their literary representations

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

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