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Writing Queer Fiction
ENGL 374
Spring 2023
Section: 01  

In a historical moment where the LGBTQIA community has achieved a level of legal and social equality previously thought unimaginable, what it means to write queerly has never been more exciting and more difficult to define. What formal choices, modes, tools, and innovations are queer fiction writers inventing and reaching for now in order to tell stories about contemporary queer lives? Have we as a culture exhausted the insights offered in the "coming out" or acceptance narrative, and if so, what other narrative shapes are being created to take its place? How are queer writers who have been historically excluded from the queer writing canon-i.e. queer writers of color, trans, nonbinary and genderqueer writers, disabled queer writers and rural and working class queer writers-entering and subverting it? And finally, we might consider the contributions of writers who don't identify as queer themselves but whose themes, characters and visions of the world put them solidly within this tradition.

In this hybrid seminar and workshop class we will read excerpts from many contemporary writers of queer fiction working in the last twenty years, analyze their craft decisions and the themes that emerge across authors, and write our own criticism and short fiction. We will do writing exercises designed to offer new craft tools and fresh inspiration, a scholarly assignment to closely examine a selection of the assigned course texts, and workshop original fiction from each writer. All students of every identity are welcome.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ENGL
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%

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