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Brown, Black, and Queer Forms and Feelings

ENGL 328
Fall 2015
Section: 01  
Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory
Course Cluster: Queer Studies

Attending to how brutally not neutral the world is to black, brown, and queer forms of life and feelings of pleasure, this course investigates figures and feelings like abnormality, inscrutability, rage, illicit desires, errancy, illegality, fugitivity, and indifference. We will take up José Muñoz's invocation of a "minoritarian theory of affect" that insists that "whiteness is a cultural logic which can be understood as an affective code that positions itself as the law." We will study affect beyond whiteness through attention to legible sonic forms, audio-visual shapes, in African diasporic and Latina/o arts. We will consider the diasporas and collectives grouped together in the terms "minoritarian," "brown," and "black" as abnormal bodies that generate alternative modes of moving through and feeling ourselves in the world. We will study for radical potentiality in the beautiful, obscene, and off-kilter affects of brown and black aesthetic forms.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ENGL
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENGL)
Past Enrollment Probability: Less than 50%

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