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2021-2022 Catalog

FYS 013 Deviance

What does it mean to be a deviant? Or to deviate from some standard? In disciplines such as drawing, physics, and poetry, deviation emerges in avant-garde circles that often challenge the status quo of a given tradition (abstract expressionism, quantum physics, projective verse poetry). But "deviation" also has larger ideological concerns as deviants are seen as threats to a supposedly stable social structure. From queer subcultures to ancient philosophies of atomism to the Black Lives Matter phenomena, this course explores how cultures of deviance are often political strategies of resistance to the way bodies are normalized and regulated.