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

Spring 2009

WGS 301 • Gay and Lesbian Literature and Culture

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
47775 TTh
12:30 PM-2:00 PM

Course Description

E314V: "Gay and Lesbian Literature and Culture" will introduce students to some seminal texts in the queer literary canon and expand students' understandings of literature and sexuality. We will be especially attuned to the following questions: Can we accurately identify a history of gay and lesbian identity? How might we read simultaneously through our own cultural lens, and with an understanding of the texts historical period? Our readings will be both historical and contemporary, both overtly and covertly queer; we will read canonical and popular literatures, and expand the terms literature and culture by likewise considering film, music, and visual art.

Ultimately, students will assess queer literatures not merely through their subject matter or the public identity of their authors, but also through methods of reading. (That is: how might one "read queerly?")


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