Summer 2021 Undergraduate English Courses

359:330 Theories of Gender and Sexuality

B1   6/1-7/9  MTWTH 10:30-12:25PM   11948  SHIROMA, Y.

This class will serve as an introduction to queer theory, an academic discipline concerned with constructions of gender and sexual normativity and non-normativity. We will pay particular attention to theorizing the relationship between queerness and race, both by studying queer of color critique and its roots in women of color feminism and by asking how race surfaces in foundational texts in the field which do not take race as a central or explicit concern. Other questions we will pose include: how (if at all) do sexuality and sexual desire politicize? What connections can or should we draw between queerness and left organizing, or between queerness and neoliberal formations? What can the study of literature and culture do for queer theory, and vice versa?

Readings may include Eve Sedgwick, Michel Foucault, Gayle Rubin, Audre Lorde, Amber Hollibaugh, Cherríe Moraga, Gloria Anzaldúa, Cathy Cohen, Leo Bersani, Samuel Delany, Saidiya Hartman, José Esteban Muñoz, Jasbir Puar, and Sara Ahmed. This course counts toward the Theories and Methods requirement for the English major.