Current Courses

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Fall 2020

  • LGBTQS M101B - Queer Literatures and Cultures, 1850 to 1970: Intimacy of Queer Life in Early Queer Literature

    Instructor(s): Arthur Little

    From elegiac and tragic to comic, study begins with Walt Whitman and ends with lesbian pulp fiction. Survey of groundbreaking queer texts--novels, poems, and plays (sometimes as film)--written between 1860 and late 1960s, and intriguing personalities/authors behind so many of them. Study of how this literature and these personages resisted systemic efforts to disappear, silence, and erase queer bodies, voices, and subjectivities. Without resorting to autobiography (at least in straightforward sense), queer literature produced during period makes emphatically evident intimate relationship between life and narrative: importantly, literature of era was far less way of reporting on one's life than way of laying claim to one. Queer literature was way to demonstrate and perform fact that queer folk, like non-queer folk, had intimate lives. Literary and cultural introduction to period under consideration, and to some ideas that shape contemporary queer epistemologies and sensibilities.

  • LGBTQS M107B - Studies in Gender and Sexuality: Race, Sex, Sensation

    Instructor(s): Summer Lee

    Focus on theories of race, sex, and sensation in critical race and ethnic studies, black and women of color feminism, queer studies, and postcolonial studies. How does violence enacted on racialized, sexed, gendered subjects exclude such subjects from category of individual, rights-bearing human cemented in Western philosophy? How is this exclusion enacted on very surface of the skin and distinctly felt on one's body? Who gets to claim humanity and subjecthood, and who has never been able to make such claim? Readings focus on how racialized, sexed, gendered subjects are made to bear histories of enslavement, dispossession, genocide, and colonialism in ways that are sensed, felt, and embodied. Students work with literature, performance, and art that elucidates political, social, and aesthetic possibilities found in the nonhuman, animality, objecthood, flesh, viscera, and touch.

  • LGBTQS M114 - Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies

    Instructor(s): Ryan Rockmore, Gabe Ortiz, Laura Reizman, Mary Senyonga, Tamara Guy

    (Same as Gender Studies M114.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Introduction to history, politics, culture, and scientific study of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgendered, and queer people; examination of sexuality and gender as categories for investigation; interdisciplinary theories and research on minority sexualities and genders. P/NP or letter grading.

  • LGBTQS 181 - Variable Topics in Queer Diversities: Queer Historiography in Argentina

    Instructor(s): Madison Felman-panagotacos, Mitchell Morris

    Study of history of queerness throughout history of Argentine state. Special attention paid to uses of queerness in portrayals of ideological conflict: when and how does queerness become an element of dissent, ethic of resistance, critique of normativity, marketable quality. In what scenarios is queerness portrayed as uniquely Argentine or anti-Argentine?

  • LGBTQS 183 - Variable Topics in Queer Subjectivities/Theories/History: Dancing at Brink of Abyss: Homosexuality from Weimar Berlin to Nazi Death Camps

    Instructor(s): Mitchell Morris, Andreas Benjamin Seyfert

    Study of how homosexuality is coded in literary and visual narrations of Weimar Republic and Third Reich. How do practices, media, and representations structure and frame our memory of gay and lesbian German past? How do literature and film react to realities of gay liberation and oppression? Look from historical perspective throughout 20th and early 21st century, identifying whether more recent depictions of period need to be analyzed in different way from those coming out of Weimar and Nazi eras. Familiarize students with key queer texts, films, and artworks of German-language tradition; contextualization of contemporary discussion about memorial culture and gay activism in Germany today. Texts include theoretical framings of gender and early 20th century, as well as literary texts and select documentary and drama films.

  • LGBTQS M191E - Topics in Gender and Sexuality: Queer Indigenous Literature

    Instructor(s): Ho'esta Mo'e'hahne

    Consideration of intersections of queerness and indigeneity as imagined in indigenous literature and art of North America. By reading fiction, poetry, memoir, and critical theory--and examining cinema, and performance and visual art--students analyze how queer indigenous authors/artists conceive of indigeneity through anticolonial conceptions of gender, sexuality, embodiment, and sociality. With emphasis on writers/artist indigenous to geographies currently occupied by U.S. and Canadian North-American settler-imperial colonies, examination of how artists/authors imagine queerness as site of decolonial embodied knowledge, memory, and relationality that resists anti-indigenous gender and sexual violence. Listening to and thinking with these authors/artists, consideration of centrality of dismantling settler-imperial heteropatriarchy to decolonization. Study asks what roles queer indigenous literature played in histories of indigenous art and critical thought in North America, and how the