ENGL359F - Special Topics in Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Literatures; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Film and Video

What is gender? To answer this far-from-simple question, we will consider such topics as youth, social non-conformity, transgenderism, queer relations to time & space, hetero & homonormativity, race/ethnicity, class, & performativity. To explore these topics, we will closely examine EIGHT important works of LGBT film: Todd Haynes’s Dottie Gets Spanked (1993); Jennie Livingston’s Paris Is Burning (1990); Marlon Riggs’s Tongues Untied (1989); Barry Jenkins’s Moonlight (2016); Cheryl Dunye’s The Watermelon Woman (1996); John Waters’s Pink Flamingos (1972); Susan Muska & Greta Olafsdóttir’s The Brandon Teena Story (1998); & Harry Dodge & Silas Howard’s By Hook or by Crook (2001). 

ASSIGNMENTS: vigorous participation in the course’s discussion boards, 2 short close readings, & one longer comparative essay.