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Spring 2016-2017
ENG 396 / GSS 396 (LA)   na, npdf

Queer Theory

Gayle Salamon

In this course, we will read extensively in the interdisciplinary field of queer theory, from its emergence two decades ago to its present-day articulations. We will explore what is meant by "queer," what relation it may or may not have to "homosexuality" and "gay" and lesbian," and what challenges it poses to a politics of identity. We will also interrogate the category of "theory" itself--what it is, what it does, and what kinds of literary or historical interventions it can perform. Particular attention will be paid to the queering and de-queering of public space.

Sample reading list:
Michael Foucault, The History of Sexuality, Volume I
Hall and Jagose, eds., Routledge Queer Studies Reader
Eve Sedgwick, Tendencies
Judith Butler, Gender Trouble
Samuel Delaney, Times Square Red, Times Square Blue
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
150-200pp. of reading per week; two papers.

Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 30%
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%
Other (See Instructor) - 15%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Other information:
Open to Graduate Students. Department Distribution: Theory/Criticism

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
40112 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   McCosh Hall   B45   Enrolled:10 Limit:20