Queer Theories and Histories

This course introduces students to several classic texts in the history and theory of sexuality. We will consider the politics and meaning of non-normative sexualities and genders across time and in different cultural locations. After working through several key texts in the field, we will turn to contemporary debates about transgender politics, gay pride and gay shame, the meaning of 'queer', and responses to HIV/AIDS. We pay particular attention to questions of queer historiography, considering the intersection between developmental narratives of the individual and the community. Readings by Sigmund Freud, Michel Foucault, Judith Butler, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Michael Warner, Gayle Rubin, Cherrie Moraga, D.A. Miller, and others. One seminar paper, and a class presentation.

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  • ENGL-592

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