E 370W • Gay and Lesbian Literature and Culture
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
This course will examine gay and lesbian literature and culture from a variety of genres, including novels, essays, plays, performance art, visual art, and film. We will explore issues as gay and lesbian movement politics, the discourse of AIDS, intersections of gender, race, ethnicity, and sexuality, transnational gay and lesbian cultures, queer and transgender identities and politics, and sex radicalism. We will do some background reading in theories of sexuality and the history of sexuality and modern notions of sexual identity. One of the primary goals of the course will be to explore the role of culture and representation in creating public spheres, identity formations, and social movements. It will be useful for students to have taken at least one course in women's studies or have equivalent background in women's studies or gay and lesbian studies. If you're not sure about your preparation, please consult with me.
Short (1-2-page) papers every other week (a total of 6) 40%
One final (7-10-page) paper or group project 40%
Class attendance and participation 20%
Texts: Audre Lorde, Zami; Shyam Selvadurai, Funny Boy; Dorothy Allison, Two or Three Things I Know for Sure; David Wojnarowicz, Close to the Knives; Henry Abelove, Michele Barale, and David Halperin, The Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader; Course packet with articles and short essays
Films and Videos: Marlon Riggs, Black Is, Black Ain't; Aerlyn Weissman and Lynne Fernie, Forbidden Love; Frances Negron-Muntaner, Brincando el Charco; Kimberly Pierce, Boys Don't Cry; Gregg Bordowitz, Fast Trip, Long Drop