ENG 370: Queer Literature

Dr. Goode 3 credits

          The goals of this course are to provide grounding in Western GLBTQ literary and social history, and to explore through our texts (both fiction and film) the construction of queer identities and queer communities.  As an understanding of our history is vital to understanding our present, the texts we will read have been selected as representative of watershed moments of Western GLBTQ history – 1920s Paris, pre-WWII Berlin, the Harlem Renaissance, Stonewall, the women’s movement of the late 60s and early 70s, AIDS and AIDS activism of the 80s and the transgender debates since the 90s.  Selected texts may include: Giovanni’s Room, Maurice, A Single Man, Funny Boy, Written on the Body, Dancer from the Dance, Stone Butch Blues, and A Visitation of Spirits. As an additional mandatory component to the course, on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 pm—8:30pm we will have screenings of movies and documentaries relevant to both queer history and queer texts. Possible Films / Documentaries include: Dangerous Living; Tongues Untied; Trained in the Ways of Men; But I’m a Cheerleader; Paragraph 175; The Children’s Hour; One Nation Under God; Middle Sexes; The Aggressives; Before Stonewall; Brother to Brother; and After Stonewall.

This course fulfills the English Major Overlay requirement for “Identity, Diversity, Power,” and is cross-listed as a Women’s Studies Minor elective.

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