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Fall 2018-2019
* ENG 408 / GSS 408 / AMS 418 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Queer Literatures: Theory, Narrative, and Aesthetics

Christina A. Leon

In this course, we will both read from various trajectories of queer literature and engage what it means to read queerly. We will consider the historical etymology of the term queer and think through its affiliate terms and acronyms: lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans. We will investigate how discourses of power and institutions of normativity have come up against queer bodies, narratives, and politic--and how such encounters are historically situated. As the class reads through texts that range across both region and time, we will pay close attention to the ways in which desire, gender, and sexuality are queerly told.

Sample reading list:
Willa Cather, The Professor's House
Michel Foucault, The History of Sexuality, Vol. 1
James Baldwin, Giovanni's Room
Eli Claire, Exile and Pride
Myriam Gurba, Mean
Tommy Pico, IRL
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Weekly Journals 10% | Oral Presentation 10% | First Short Paper (4-5 pages) 15% | First Close Reading (2-3 pages) 10% | Second Close Reading (2-3 pages) 10% | Abstract (350-500 words & Annotated Bibliography (5-6 sources) 5% | Final Research Paper (10-12 pages) 30%

Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 15%
Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%
Other (See Instructor) - 35%

Other information:
Distribution: Modernity, Theory/Criticism

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23309 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm T        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled