Special Themes in Literature 1890-Present: Queer Literature
Cross-listed as WGST 3480.
What is “queer literature?” How have mechanisms of social control, silence, and invisibility shaped modern literatures by and about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people? What is the relationship of LGBTQ+ culture to queer resistance and movements for human liberation? Is there a specifically gay or lesbian aesthetic? This course explores these and related questions through twentieth-century literary and aesthetic engagements with same-sex eroticism and gender nonconformity. Writers may include Oscar Wilde, Radclyffe Hall, Gertrude Stein, James Baldwin, John Rechy, Allen Ginsberg, Wallace Thurman, Adrienne Rich, Audre Lorde, Dorothy Allison, Tony Kushner, and Alison Bechdel. Films by Andrea Weiss, Greta Schiller, Isaac Julien, and Kimberly Pierce. Fiction, drama, poetry and memoir will be examined alongside critical, historical, and theoretical texts drawn from feminist and queer studies.