CTSJ 342:  The Phallus

Spring 2007
Wednesday 7:00-10:00 PM

Prof:  Jeff Tobin (tobin@oxy.edu)

A survey of theories of the phallus from Freud and Lacan through feminist and queer takings-on of the phallus. Topics include the relation between the phallus and the penis, the meaning of the phallus, phallologocentrism, the lesbian phallus, the Jewish phallus, the Latino phallus, and the relation of the phallus and fetishism. Prerequisite: a 200-level CTSJ class. Emphasis topic: Queer Studies.  Core Requirement Met:  Group 6.

Books to buy:

All other materials are available on the class Moodle site (http://mediasrv.oxy.edu/moodle/) or the Library’s electronic reserve page, or at the Library’s reserve desk.


You are required to submit responses to the assigned texts by 1:00 PM each Wednesday.  Submit your responses via the class Moodle site.  You are also encouraged to use Moodle to comment on your classmates’ responses to the readings.  A reading response should do one of the following:

You are required to write three essays, due at noon on February 26, April 2, and May 9.  The prompt for each essay will be established through class discussion during the last class session before each essay is due.

Grades are weighted as follows:


January 24:  Should this course be offered? 

Part I:  Freud and Lacan

January 31:  Freud’s Phallic Phase

 February 7:  Early Dissent 

February 14:  Lacan’s Phallus

February 21:  Phallus vs. Penis 

February 26:  First essay due

Part II:  Female Sexuality

February 28:  Femininity 

March 7:  Feminist Revisions

March 14:  Midterm break

March 21:  Fetishism

 March 28:  The Lesbian Phallus

April 2:  Second Essay due

Part III:  Masculinity and Race

April 4:  Machismo

April 11:  Blackness

 April 18:  Jewishness

April 25:  Shwarzenegger (and Stallone) 

May 2:  Whiteness

May 9:  Third Essay due