LIT 368-TH - Queer Literature and Theory

Examines the theoretical controversies surrounding terms like “invert,” “heterosexual”/“homosexual” (invented in the 19th century), “gay,” “straight,” “bisexual,” “lesbian,” “queer,” “transgendered,” and “transsexual” and read so-called “non-normative” literatures and other “texts” across these theories. The readings vary each year but may include the works of such writers, theorists, artists, and philosophers as Oscar Wilde, Michel Foucault, Andre Gide, Freud, Jeannette Winterson, Henry James, Gertrude Stein, James Baldwin, Thomas Mann, Virginia Woolf, Kathy Acker, Jean Genet, Eve Sedgwick, Leslie Feinberg, Paul Monette, Dorothy Allison, Robert Glück, Audre Lorde, Plato, Kate Bornstein, David Sedaris, Judith Butler, and Andrew Holleran; poets including Whitman, Ginsberg, Hemphill, Hughes, and Rich, filmmakers including Marlon Riggs, and Michelle Parkerson; and artists including Deborah Bright and David Wojnarowicz. Assignments may include class presentations, reading papers, and quizzes. Prerequisites: One IH1 and one IH2 course. Class Notes: 5 seats open to upper level students, remaining open to Juniors only until the Open Enrollment period. Enrollment Requirements: Prerequisite: 3 credits of IH1 and 3 credits of IH2, or HMST 220 or HMST 230.
Fulfills Theory, Literature or HMST elective
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