This class dissects the dominant (male/female) notion of gender, as it has always been constructed through male-oriented processes of signification. We look at the dissolution of these rigid concepts and consider alternative (and multiple) sites of gender-identification primarily through the lens of fictional works (novels and poetry), supplemented with visual material (art, film, and music). We ask in what way these gendered subversions of traditional discourses engage (or fail to engage) the intersections with race, class, ability and other identity categories. The authors studied in this class include J. Winterson, D. Brand, L. Feinberg, M. Satrapi, and others. Literary texts will be supplemented with theoretical works by leading feminist, queer and post-structuralist thinkers (Helen Cixous, Judith Butler, Tina Chanter, bell hooks, among others).