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Dr. Susan Sage Heinzelman, Director 2505 University Avenue, A4900, Burdine Hall 536, Austin Texas 78712 • 512-471-5765

Spring 2006

WGS 345 • 30-Gay and Lesbian Literature and Culture

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
47710 MWF
10:00 AM-11:00 AM
PAR 204

Course Description

In this course, we will examine the twentieth-century history of lesbian and gay self-representation in English through examination of literary texts that document the emergence of a gay and lesbian literary tradition and political community. Writing assignments will emphasize careful close reading and formal analysis of these texts in two short papers; both of these papers will be revised. A final group project will draw on the variety of issues studied during the semester to create a class presentation.

Grading Policy

Two 3-4 page papers worth 20% each; A final in-class group project worth 40%; Performance as a peer editor, 10%; Class participation (attendance, preparation, and completion of in-class assignments), 10%.


Forster, Maurice Hall, The Well of Loneliness. Baldwin, Giovanni's Room. Brown, Rubyfruit Jungle Anzaldua, Borderlands/La Frontera Kushner, Angels in America Part I: Millenium Approaches Waters, Tipping the Velvet Cunningham, The Hours.


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