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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Spring 2009

E 389P • Lesbian Genres

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
34710 TTh
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
MEZ 1.104

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 considering a small sampling of the literature and popular culture of the last three centuries, 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 and cultural texts.


Texts (subject to some change):

AnzaldĂșa, Borderlands/La Frontera Bridgforth, Love/Conjure/Blues Brown, The Terrible Girls Castle, The Literature of Lesbianism: A Historical Anthology from Ariosto to Stonewall Carson, If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho Duff, Modern Genre Theory Hacker, Love, Death and the Changing of the Seasons Hughes and Roman, O Solo Homo Myles, Cool for You Film, visual art and performance texts TBA.


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