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Queer Theory
AMST 310
Fall 2007 not offered
Crosslisting: ENGL 298

This seminar focuses on major texts and trends in the field of queer theory. Queer theory is a heterogeneous mix of arguments to the effect that society uses sexuality to identify and regulate bodies and races. We will read queerness, not as an identifiable sexuality, but as a disruptive political tool that resists knowledge and power. Queer theory entails not only exposing sexuality as 'discourse,' 'mimicry,' 'language,' or 'performance,' but also exposes the degree to which individual and society depend on and disavow sexuality for purposes of reproducing themselves. We will bring these theoretical considerations to bear, more specifically, on the questions of how U.S. political discourse uses sex to regulate race, kinship, and biological reproduction and why it necessarily fails in this endeavor. We'll also read for how queerness is a feeling, suspicion, and literary devise rather than an identity.

Essential Capabilities: Interpretation, Writing
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA AMST
Course Format: DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None

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