Fall 2007 not offered
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.
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|Course Format: Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
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Eve Sedgwick, EPISTEMOLOGY OF THE CLOSET
Michel Foucault, HISTORY OF SEX: AN INTRODUCTION, Vol. 1
Judith Butler, GENDER TROUBLE
Lee Edelman, HOMOGRAPHESIS
Abelove, et al., LESBIAN AND GAY STUDIES READER
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Two 10-page papers.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Punctual and regular attendance at class meetings. Participation in class discussion. This course counts toward the English department's theory requirement. Preference to students who have taken ENGL304(AMST272) or have done other course-work on sex/gender. Fulfills the research option requirement for English honors candidates.
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