Studies in Gender and Sexuality

L249 — Fall 2021

Karma Lochrie
Days and Times
1:10p - 2:25p TR (3 CR)
Course Description

How do we read the categories of gender and sexuality in literature from the past? How do we read queerly? How does literature potentially queer the reader?  This course will examine the ways in which gender and sexual categories in literature challenge and interrogate social norms. Beginning in the nineteenth century, we will consider how Oscar Wilde challenges norms of sexuality and gender, while in the early twentieth century, gender, race, sexuality become the focus of Nella Larsen’s Passing.  Among the other literary texts we will be reading are James Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room, Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir, Fun Home, and Naomi Alderman’s dystopia, The Power.  In addition to the literary works in the course, there will be short essays on gender and sexuality theory that will provide a framework for our readings and discussions.  Requirements for the course include two short papers, two exams, reading quizzes, and assigned groups to lead discussion.

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