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

Spring 2007

WGS 340 • Black Lesbian Literature and Film

Unique Days Time Location Instructor

Richardson, M

Course Description

Black lesbians provide a unique contribution to discussions of community, family, gender categories and sexuality. This seminar will combine elements of Black Studies and Queer Studies in order to analyze written works and films/videos by and about Black women. Emphasis will be on understanding the historical and theoretical construction of sexual and gender identities and sexual/cultural practices in Black communities. In this class, terms like Black, women and queer will be interrogated in order to examine the nexus of race, sexuality and sex in the context of class and location. Special attention will be paid to the construction of race, gender and sexual identities in the United States and the United Kingdom.


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