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

Fall 2009

E 389P • New Directions in Queer Studies

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Course Description

This course will examine recent developments in both queer theory and queer culture. In this moment of increased mainstream visibility and what has been called "homonormativity," what is the status of culture and theory that aims to be "queer"? Where is new scholarship emerging, and what is its relation to social and cultural public spheres and activism?

Although we will focus on recent work, we will cover background and foundational texts as necessary, particularly in response to the specific needs of the class. Topics to be considered will include mass culture, subcultures, and visibility; migration and transnational theory; transgender theory; kinship; history and archives; HIV/AIDS and activism; religion and secularism; queer temporalities; the debate about the "anti-social thesis" in queer theory. The course will also draw on my recent experience as editor of GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies and will intersect with the activities of the LGBTQ/Sexualities Research Cluster and other organizations and events on campus.


Possible Readings:

Queer/Migration, ed. Eithne Lubheid (GLQ special issue)

Queer Temporalities, ed. Beth Freeman (GLQ special issue)

What's Queer About Queer Theory Now, eds. Eng, Halberstam, Munoz (Social Text special issue)

After Sex? On Writing Since Queer Theory (SAQ special issue)

PMLA Forum on "The Anti-Social Thesis in Queer Theory"

Judith Halberstam, In a Queer Time and Place

David Halperin, What Do Gay Men Want?

Gayatri Gopinath, Impossible Desires

Rod Ferguson, Aberrations in Black: Toward a Queer of Color Critique

Lee Edelman, No Future

Ann Pellegrini and Janet Jakobsen, Love the Sin: Sexual Regulation and the Limits of Religious Tolerance; and Social Text special issue on Secularisms Lisa Duggan, The Twilight of Equality

Jasbir Puar, Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times

Sharon Marcus, Between Women

Beth Povinelli, Empire of Love

Heather Love: Feeling Backward: Loss and the Politics of Queer History

M. Jacqui Alexander, Pedagogies of Crossing

Possible Case Studies:

AIDS Activism: ACT UP Oral History Archive

Deep Lez and The Return of Lesbian Feminism: Lesbians on Ecstasy (video and music), LTTR collective (visual art); Allyson Mitchell (visual art);

Queer Temporalities and Archives: Alison Bechdel, Fun Home

Queer Migration: Monique Truong, The Book of Salt

Ana-Maurine Lara, Erzulie's Skirt

Mass Culture and Visibility: Brokeback Mountain, queer TV

Queer Sex: John Cameron Mitchell, Shortbus

Religion and Sexuality: For the Bible Tells Me So; A Jihad for Love


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