E 389P • New Directions in Queer Studies
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.
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