WGS 301 • GAY & LESBIAN LIT & CULTURE-W
"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? And how might we read simultaneously through our own cultural lens, and with an understanding of the text's 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?")