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Lisa Moore Interim, Director 2505 University Avenue, A4900, Burdine Hall 536, Austin Texas 78712 • 512-471-5765

Spring 2009

WGS 393 • Lesbian Genres

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
48120 TTh
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
MEZ 1.104
Moore

Course Description

This course will explore some of the formal features of "lesbian literature," a term we will put under question in our work together. In reading widely over 19th- and 20th-century poetry, dramatic literature and fiction we will ask questions such as the following: What literary genres, if any, seem to attract lesbian writers (another term open to definition during the course of the semester, as our authors will include some who are not necessarily or not obviously lesbians)? Can lesbian writers be said to have invented or revitalized new literary genres (the fragment, the second-person novel, the mixed genre autobiography, fiction/theory, queer performance)? What are the politics of such an investigation of literary form? Readings will include both standard and experimental works of genre criticism, as well as a wide variety of literary texts (another term understood broadly for the purposes of this course).

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