ENGL359B - Special Topics in Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Literatures; Black Sexuality in Literature and Film

This multimedia seminar will use literature, visual art, film, and popular culture to introduce students to the use of sexuality as the primary medium for (1) social and ethical critique and (2) artistic innovation in the Black social imaginary.  Our primary goal throughout the semester will be to determine how artists and social critics understand the relationship between sexual identity and racial identity.  We will also consider carefully what artists gain by relying on sexual expression as a strategy in their works.  A set of keywords or concepts will guide our discussions: reproduction, wo/manhood, respectability, perversion, queerness, citizenship, and popular erotics.  These keywords will provide a language to talk about dissimilar texts and will help to illuminate sites of contention within artistic culture regarding sexuality.  

Prerequisite: Two lower-level English courses, at least one in literature; or permission of ARHU-English department.
Note: Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs.