ENGL459Q - Queer Conceptions of Race

This course examines the intricate relationship between theories and practices of race and sexuality in twentieth-century America. Moving across a range of genres, including graphic novels, contemporary fiction, seminal essays in queer theory and race theory, tv shows, and film, we will explore how race and sexuality gain meaning in relation to one another. Authors and texts will include Audre Lorde, Cherrie Moraga, Samuel Delaney, Alison Bechdel, and Harold Cruse. We will also read selections from Michel Foucault, Siobhan Somerville, Eve Sedgwick, David Eng, Hortense Spillers, and other theorists of race and sexuality. Course requirements include active participation, frequent short responses (1-2 pages), a seminar-length paper (10-12 pages), and a final exam.

Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs.


Two English courses in literature or permission of department.