Gender and Material Culture

Subject code


Course Number



M. Plastas

Course Long Title

Gender and Material Culture


This intensive reading junior/senior seminar explores material culture and the production of gender, sexuality, race, and nation. It examines how identities, circuits of power, and value are constructed and negotiated through commodity culture and capitalism. It considers how objects like hoodies, cigarettes, and vanity license plates come to have meaning, and asks what role material culture plays in expressions of pain, pleasure, grief, and resilience. Prerequisite(s): five courses in gender and sexuality studies.

Writing Credit

No writing credit

INDS Program Relationship

IDGS - GSS Program

Class Restriction

Exclude First Years