Sheffield University students to take module in masturbation

This lecture is far from the usual analysis 

Students will be looking closely into masturbation
Students will be looking closely into masturbation

Students at the University of Sheffield will be studying a module in masturbation, it has been reported.

More than 200 English Literature undergrads will be taking part in the compulsory course “Criticial and Literary Theory”, which includes a study of “pleasure, self-scrutiny and auto-eroticism”.

Featured as part of the study is “The Art of Masturbation”, a lecture led by English tutor Dr Fabienne Collignon.

Speaking to Sheffield’s student news site The Tab, Dr Collignon said: “The lecture will be on Walt Whitman, Rob Halpern and the deconstruction of masturbation. The last week is called pleasure, self-scrutiny and auto-eroticism. I ended up calling it that because there’s an affinity between literary pleasure, critical self-scrutiny and auto-eroticism.”

Recommended texts for the syllabus include Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick’s Jane Austen and the Masturbating Girl and Walt Whitman: The Spermatic Imagination by Harold Aspiz.

While some students quoted by The Tab seemed apprehensive about the module, the news should please Goedele Liekens: a former Miss Belgium turned sexologist who recently called for a more explicit style of education in the Channel 4 documentary Sex In Class.

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