Queer Studies: An Introduction|
Spring 2015 not offered
This course will examine major ideas in the field of queer studies. Relying upon theoretical, historical, and cultural studies texts, we will consider the representation and constructions of sexuality-based identities as they have been formed within the contemporary United States. We will explore the idea of sexuality as a category of social identity, probing the identities of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender to try to understand what they really mean in various cultural, social, legal, and political milieus. In doing so, we will ask, What does it mean to study queerness? What do we mean by "queer studies"? How do institutions--religious, legal, scientific--shape our understandings of queer identities? In what ways do sexuality and gender interact, and how does this interaction inform the meanings of each of these identity categories? How do other social categories of identification--race, ethnicity, class, etc.--affect the ways in which we understand expressions of queerness? Moreover, what does studying queerness tell us about the workings of contemporary political, cultural, and social life?
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)
Michel Foucault, THE HISTORY OF SEXUALITY: VOL. 1, AN INTRODUCTION
Matt Bernstein Sycamore, THAT'S REVOLTING: QUEER STRATEGIES FOR RESISTING ASSIMILATION
A selection of articles and excerpted texts on Moodle will include:
Judith Butler, PSYCHIC LIFE OF POWER
Bruce Bawer, A PLACE AT THE TABLE
Michael Warner, THE TROUBLE WITH NORMAL
Annamaria Jagose, QUEER THEORY: AN INTRODUCTION
David Halperin, "IS THERE A HISTORY OF SEXUALITY?"
John D¿Emilio, "CAPITALISM AND GAY IDENTITY"
Gayle Rubin, "THINKING SEX"
Thomas Serwatka, "REPARATIVE THERAPY AND EX-GAY IDENTITY"
Janet Jakobsen & Ann Pellligrini, LOVE THE SIN: SEXUAL REGULATION AND THE LIMITS OF RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE
Surina Khan, "GAY CONSERVATIVES"
Andrew Sullivan, VIRTUALLY NORMAL
Anne Fausto-Sterling, SEXING THE BODY
Monique Wittig, "ONE IS NOT BORN A WOMAN"
Riki Anne Wilchins, READ MY LIPS: SEXUAL SUBVERSION AND THE END OF GENDER
Lauren Berlant and Elizabeth Freeman, "QUEER NATIONALITY"
Gloria Anzaldua and Cherrie Moraga, THIS BRIDGE CALLED MY BACK
Tomas Almaguer, "CHICANO MEN: A CARTOGRAPHY OF HOMOSEXUAL IDENTITY AND BEHAVIOR"
Barbara Smith "HOMOPHOBIA: WHY BRING IT UP?"
Jose Esteban Munoz, DISIDENTIFICATIONS
Jasbir Puar, "ABU GHRAIB AND U.S. SEXUAL EXCEPTIONALIONALISM"
E. Patrick Johnson "'QUARE' STUDIES OR (ALMOST) EVERYTHING I KNOW ABOUT QUEER STUDIES I LEARNED FROM MY GRANDMOTHER"
Dossie Easton and Catherine Liszt, THE ETHICAL SLUT
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Students will be required to submit 4 short response papers during the course of the semester and a final paper of 10-12 pp.
Each student will also take responsibility for leading one reading discussion.
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