Current Courses

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Fall 2018

Gay Latino Literature and HIV/AIDS


Instructor: Alicia Gaspar de Alba, Omar González, M.A.

This course is founded upon the works on two of the foundational theorists of Chicana lesbian feminism—Gloria Anzaldúa and Cherríe Moraga—as a method to contextualize the history of the movement against HIV/AIDS and the creative writings by queer Latino authors broaching the still-stigmatized subject, supported by peer-reviewed articles by queer Latino scholars.  Based on archival research , Anzaldúa was very concerned by the fate of her queer brethren, especially those afflicted by AIDS.  Moreover, Moraga’s landmark essay, “Queer Aztlán: Re-formation of Chicano Tribe,” references the epidemic and a hidden history—the heroic activism of queer womyn of color who cared for HIV+ gay men, often leading the struggle. The class focuses on the (few) creative writings by queer Latino men who write about HIV from a personal perspective (Gil Cuadros’ City of God), as literature (John Rechy’s The Coming of the Night), and from a scholarly viewpoint (Rafael M. Díaz’s Latino Gay Men and HIV: Culture, Sexuality, and Risk Behavior).  The objective of the course is to engage students in this critical vein of queer Latinx literature, as HIV seroconversion rates for queer PoC continue unabated.

 Omar González, M.A. Email:

Queer Cultures After Stonewall: Sexual Dissidence, Performance, and Community in the 1970s


Instructor: Mitchell Morris

This seminar will explore the role of music and performance in important movements of social resistance that have defined the political possibilities of queer communities during the 20th century; The emblematic Stonewall Rebellion, which helped propel the modern LGTBQS Rights movements in the US, is our point of departure. The class will read novels, screen films, listen to music, and reflect on the huge variety of ways that queer people have engaged in making culture, forging community, and resisting oppression. Our frameworks will consider the heroism of drag and butch-femme; the courage of lesbian separatists; the endurance of clones, disco queens, and bathhouse boys; and the cultures of expression and performance that engage them.

Spring 2018

Caribbean Sexualities and Post-Colonial Representations


Instructor: Eva Heppelmann

The goal of the course would be to discuss the different conditions and histories that produce ideology and shape practices of sexuality in the Caribbean. The Caribbean is as a unique heterogeneous space where colonial histories, complex cultural heritages and proximity to other islands, Latin America, and the United States inform cultural practices and political policies. The course seeks to untangle some of these factors in order to consider the influences on ideologies of sexuality and implications for individuals.

Feminist and Queer Theory “Unhappy Queers” and “Feminist Killjoys”

LGBTQS M126 same as English M126 and Gender Studies M126

Instructor: Briana Brickley

Investigating questions of “identity” that formations like gender and sexuality seem to beg, this class will employ feminist and queer theories not as lenses but rather critical tools focused on bodies and their desires, performances, and politics. Moving beyond the canonical texts of the field, we will use an intersectional approach that highlights queer of color critique, Third World feminism, and queer diaspora critique to examine topics from affect and the production of “unhappy queer” subjects and “feminist killjoys,” to homonormativity and state violence. Readings will include texts by Judith Butler, Gayl Salamon, Eve Sedgwick, José Muñoz, Jack Halberstam, Roderick Ferguson, Chandan Reddy, Lauren Berlant, Gayatri Gopinath, and Sarah Ahmed. In addition, works of literature and film may be interspersed throughout the quarter. Requirements include a midterm paper, final essay, weekly responses, and a presentation.

Hindi Cinema: A Queer Perspective

LGBTQS 181 Lec 2

Instructor: Saundarya Thapa

The Hindi Cinema that comes out of the Bombay film industry in India is one of the largest cultural exports in the world. While critically these films are often looked at (and dismissed) on the level of spectacle, for many they are guides to learning and performing very specific gender identities. In queering the mainstream Hindi Cinema by looking at nine key film texts, this course will provide us with the theoretical tools to understand the ways in which sexual identity is mediated and constructed by popular culture. Our introduction will be structured around queer and feminist interpretive reading strategies that can be employed in film analysis. Such an interpretation will allow us to understand that film texts are not fixed in their meaning and that in fact, processes of interpretation and meaning are dependent on the location and expectation of the audience. Second, the class will focus on gender identity itself as fluid by examining how femininity and masculinity (indeed, even villainy) are taught and performed within these films. Going beyond representation, in week 7 and 8 we will look at Hindi Cinema itself as a queer object which can be read in its different stages as “in the closet” or as “coming out.” Finally, the course ends with the novel, Ode to Lata, and its filmic adaptation, The Ode. Its story that spans 3 continents is the perfect example of how films (here, in the form of the voice of the legendary Indian playback singer, Lata Mangeshkar) can have a very personal impact on us, transcending all borders, be that of race, nation, gender, or sexuality.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Institutions and Organizations


Instructor: Michael Fleming

Preparation: one prior lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender studies course. Service-learning course that offers opportunity for students to work in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender-related community organizations, to reflect on political and theoretical issues involved in such work and such organizations, and to draw ideas from various courses they have already taken and test them in settings outside UCLA. P/NP or letter grading. *Need PTE # to enroll, please email Tomarion directly*

Queer Cuba: Post-Revolutionary Cultural Production

LGBTQS 181 Lec 1

Instructor: Alli Carlisle

This course explores cultural production by queer Cuban authors and artists from throughout the 20th century—novels, short stories, poetry, film, visual art—in the context of select sociological, historical and anthropological perspectives on queer lives and communities in Cuba. We will explore these artistic works through an intersectional lens, considering how queerness interacts with race, gender, class, and the symbolic constructs of nationhood. We will pay special attention to the uses of queerness in portrayals of ideological conflict: when and how does queerness become an element of dissent, an ethic of resistance, a critique of normativity, a marketable quality—in what scenarios is queerness portrayed as uniquely Cuban or anti-Cuban? Across the variety of genres and styles, will examine themes like social and physical violence and oppression, passing, alienation, isolation, performativity, drag, coming-of-age and education, etc. We will think about what queerness means and how it functions in each text, and in the texts as a group, and the range of other issues that intersect with the way gender and sexuality are formed, felt and expressed. We will also explore the relationship between queerness and aesthetics in writing, including style, genre and experimentation.

Queer Lives in Early Queer Literature

LGBTQS M101B same as English M101B and Gender Studies M105B

Instructor: Arthur Little

A time of rage and ambivalence, of setbacks and triumphs, and of literary milestones and achievements—oh what a queer time it was!  From the elegiac to the tragic, from the tragic to the comic, this LGBTQ literature course, beginning with Walt Whitman and ending with Rita Mae Brown, surveys some of the most memorable LGBTQ texts—novels, poems, and plays—written between 1860 and about 1970 (just past the birthdate of the modern LGBTQ movement).   Our course pays particular attention to how this literature challenged efforts to silence queerness and LGBTQ bodies and subjectivities and render them invisible and how LGBTQ writers and a few non-LGBTQ ones worked tirelessly and often self-consciously to establish “a literature” (a literary tradition) in order to make manifest their lives.   This course serves as a literary and cultural introduction to the period under consideration as well as to some of the ideas that have come to shape our own contemporary queer sensibilities.