Gender Studies is dedicated to the study of feminine, masculine and LGBT identity. An interdisciplinary approach is used for the study of gender and the intersection of gender with other categories of identity such as ethnicity, sexuality, class, and nationality. Although some of the major methodologies adopted in gender studies are inspired by feminist criticism, a wide array of theoretical approaches are brought into play to study the categories of gender.
Some of the areas in which our faculty conducts research focusing on gender politics, identity and representation include: 19th- and 20th-century German literature, Francophone Caribbean and French Medieval literature, contemporary Chinese literature, performing arts and film, Italian female autobiography.
Jacqueline Couti, Power and the body, sexual politics, sexuality and nationalism, power of eroticism, 19th-21th century writers, concepts of masculinity and femininity in former French colonies from the Caribbean and West Africa.
James Francis, Sexual behavior and gender roles in classical antiquity and early Christianity, virginity and asceticism, Greek homosexuality
Julie Human, Women writers of French Middle Ages, representations of female characters in medieval French literature, gender and vision
Ioana Larco, Women's studies; Italian Women Writers; Autobiography and Life Narratives
Liang Luo, Gender politics in Chinese literature and culture; gender, class, youth, and radicalism in modern East Asia
Jeffrey Peters, early modern concepts of masculinity; early modern women playwrights and novelists
Jeanmarie Rouhier-Willoughby, Gender studies in Russian Rituals and Legends
Linda Worley, German women writers of 18th & 19th centuries