Junior Colloquium: Critical Queer Studies|
|Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory|
|Course Cluster: Disability Studies, Queer Studies|
This junior colloquium will give you a solid theoretical foundation in the field of queer studies. Although "queer" is a contested term, it describes--at least potentially--sexualities and genders that fall outside normative constellations. However, as queer studies has been institutionalized in the academy, in popular culture, and in contemporary political movements, many argue that today, "queer" has lost its political charge. This course, a reading-intensive seminar, will give you the opportunity to explore this history and these debates. We will start with some of the foundational works in queer theory and then move to tensions and unlikely correspondences between queer theory and critical race theory, trans studies, queer anthropology, Marxism, feminist theory, and disability studies. Rather than understanding queer studies as a singular or bounded school of thought, we will continuously problematize queer studies as a field and a mode of analysis, asking, What kinds of bodies or desires does queer describe? What are the politics of queer? What are the promises of queer theory, and what are its perils? What is the future of queer?
This course is excellent preparation for a queer studies concentration in American studies. Students should expect to end the semester confident of their ability to read queer theory, critique it, and imagine the uses to which queer theory might be put.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(CSCT)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 75% - 89%
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
We will read essays by Michael Warner, Eve Sedgwick, Judith Butler, Roderick Ferguson, Gayle Rubin, Susan Stryker, Eli Clare, Jose Munoz, Rosemary Hennessey, John D'Emilio, Robert McRuer, Lauren Berlant, Cathy Cohen, Lisa Duggan, Jasbir Puar, Don Kulick, Martin Manalansan, Elizabeth Freeman, Lee Edelman, and more.
Recommended books (especially if this is brand new to you): Nikki Sullivan, A CRITICAL INTRODUCTION TO QUEER THEORY and Donald E. Hall and Annamarie Jagose (eds.) THE ROUTLEDGE QUEER STUDIES READER
|Examination and Assignments: |
Weekly Memos, Midterm Paper, Class Presentation, and Final Paper/Project
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Desire to read theory and theorize desire a must!
|Instructor(s): Weiss,Margot Times: ...W... 01:20PM-04:10PM; Location: TBA|
|Total Enrollment Limit: 15||SR major: 6||JR major: 9|| || |
|Seats Available: 2||GRAD: X||SR non-major: X||JR non-major: X||SO: X||FR: X|