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Spring 2014-2015
* GSS 334 (SA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Queering Civility: Unruly Performances and Troubled Public Norms

Melissa Deem

Calls for civility saturate contemporary public culture. Cultural commentators look to the promise of civility to solve the "problems" and challenges of stabilizing public norms. Civility is invested with the hope of regulating unseemly, offensive and non-normative practices across a variety of contexts. In this course, we will examine civility as an object for which we long and which in its various manifestations can be seen doing the work of stabilizing dominant norms. We will examine case studies in which calls for civility are often complicit with established norms that perpetuate inequalities.

Sample reading list:
Lauren Berlant, Cruel Optimism
Michael Warner, Publics and Counter Publics
Stephen L. Carter, Civility: Manners, Morals and the Etiquette of Democracy
Iris Marion Young, Justice and the Politics of Difference
J. Halberstam, In a Queer Time and Space
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Assignments will include formal essays that critically engage course materials, presentations that bring together course readings and case studies. These assignments and others will contribute to a semester long project culminating in a research paper and presentation.

Requirements/Grading:
Papers - 30%
Oral Presentation(s) - 20%
Term Paper(s) - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%
Other (See Instructor) - 10%

Other information:
Along with readings on civility, we will examine cases where calls for civility trouble public culture and allow us to understand the manner in which civility is contested by minoritarian politics.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43056 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm Th        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled