Prerequisite: 6 credit hours of English or Gender & Women’s Studies or permission of Instructor.

This course works to think about queer literature and queer/ing literature. In so doing, we think about a range of questions including what it means to read literature that is queer, queer authorship, the reasons for studying, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, (LGBTQ) literature in its own space, and why this course is itself always already a problem. What does it mean, politically, to imagine that queer literature isn’t already found in “literature”? Why do we study “it” in isolation? Do LGTQ authors write differently? Is so, how? Is there a queer style? gay style? lesbian style? Conversely, does the task of “queer literature” fall on the reader, that is, is there a queer, gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans* way of reading? At bottom, we are asking about two concepts that may not come together: queer and literature. Authors to be studied may include: Virginia Woolf, Marcel Proust, Jeannette Winterson, Manual Puig, James Baldwin, Alison Bechdel, Wayne Koestenbaum, Shyam Selvadurai, etc.

Cross-registered with (English) 30:346.

3 seminar/lecture hours per week, one term.