Trans & Cis: Textual Transgression and Construction of Gender

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Course Information

Nr. Kursbezeichnung Typ Zeit Raum DozentIn
154612 Trans & Cis: Textual Transgression and Construction of Gender 2 PS Mi 16:15 - 17:45 R. 0.420 Sniezyk

Course Description

The recent emergence of the term ”cis-gendered” to describe a person who agrees with the gender role that is associated with the sex they were assigned at birth reminds us of the processes by which gender is discussed and normalized. This new concept, which enjoys popularity especially on the internet, turns our notions of ”normal gender” and gender itself on its head and refigures the position of transidentity in our culture. However, it is rooted in a long history of making sense of gender identity and construction and transgressions thereof.

In this class we will not only look at the politics of naming and identification, but also other textual practices concerned with constructing, normalizing and subverting or transgressing notions of gender identity. ’Textual’ here refers to linguistic dimensions such as naming, as well as all kinds of media /texts.

We will be looking at issues of gender-nonconformity and trans-identity in regard to US culture and media today, its history, gender theory, literature, film and TV.

This course is particularly recommended for students of the Angewandte Studiengänge.


Readings are likely to include: Orlando: A Biography (1928), The Well of Loneliness (1928), Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us (1994), Boys Don’t Cry (1999), Transamerica (2005), Orange is the New Black (2013), The Danish Girl (2015)


Lehramt: MA LA: LPO 2003:
  • GHR: 1f
  • GyGe: 1f, 4c
  • SP1. Fach: 1f
  • SP2. Fach:
  • BK: 1f, 4c
LPO 1994/2000:
  • B4, E2
LABG 2009:
  • G: 602
  • HRG: 503
  • GyGe/BK: 503
  • SP:
  • B.A.ALK: Kern 1c, 2abc, 3b Komp 1b
  • B.A.AS: Komp 2a
  • M.A.ALK:
  • M.A.AS: