Fall 2015 quarter
For a quarter century, queer theory has challenged the stultifying and tedious impositions of sexual conformity. Little wonder that literature departments provide the home for so much of the critical work of queer theory: literature is—or at least can be—dissonant, insurgent, unruly, sexy, ironic, satirical, parodic, disruptive, extraordinary, unbalanced, obscure, elusive. The eccentricities of literary arts provide one of the vocabularies through which queer gender and sexuality can be elaborated.
In this program, we will read both literature and theory. Lectures and workshops will model ways of pursing literary criticism. Seminars will place the texts at the center of the work. Writing assignments will emphasize expository composition. Readings will emphasize edginess, margins, and willful alienation from any of a number of centers. They will also emphasize sex, pleasure, desire, dissidence, camp, politics, and power.
It is likely that this program will share a lecture series in common with related programs in cultural studies.
Fields of Study
Preparatory for studies or careers in
Location and Schedule
Offered during: Day and Evening