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Religion and Sexuality in America

This course seeks to answer one question: What is the sexuality of American religion? Through a series of case studies and theoretical ruminations, we will explore the relationship between ideas about sex and ideas about religion, as well as sexual practices and religious practices. The purpose of this course is to prepare you not only for upper-level work on the subjects of sexuality, religion, or American culture, but also to encourage a revamping of presumptive norms as well as an abiding suspicion of pat dichotomies.


This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Kathryn Lofton

Yale University

Private College or University
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Intro, Undergraduate Course
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Religious Studies, American Studies, History

General Comparative Traditions, New Religious Movements, Other Christianities
Religous Tradition

Family/Children/Reproduction, Gender/Women/ Sexuality, He​alth/Death

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