ENGL265 - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Literatures

Restriction: Must not have completed LGBT265. Also offered as: LGBT265. Credit only granted for: ENGL265 or LGBT265.

Exploration of literary and cultural expressions of sexuality and gender. Study of a range of historical periods and literary genres, such as essay, poetry, novel, drama, film. Topics include sexual norms and dissidence, gender identity and expression, the relationship between aesthetic forms and sexual subjectivity. Interpretation of texts particularly through the lens of queer theory. Examination of how sex and gender intersect with other forms of difference, including race and class.

“Reading the Queer Diasporic Body in American Literature”

This course begins with the question: What happens to sexuality and race when bodies cross borders? To explore this question, we will use queerness as a critical tool to examine the normative sexual and gendered assumptions underpinning contemporary discourses of race and diaspora. Our investigations will move between theory and lived experience, within and across national borders, and will challenge key Western assumptions about sexual development, freedom, identity, and citizenship. What do racism, sexism, and homophobia have in common and how do they differ? How do tourists and migrants negotiate, adapt, and remake sexual discourses and economies as they move in and through new spaces? How has the legacy of colonialism shaped and been shaped by sexual practice? How is sexuality used to articulate national, racial, gender, class, and ethnic identities?