English 297qt. LGBTQ&C Literature and Ideas

Instructor: Stephen Burt
Terms: Spring Term

Thursdays, 1-3 pm | Location: Barker 269

Literary and critical writings about and around what we now call queer, lesbian, gay, bi and trans identities, and around models of sexuality from the 16th to the 21st century: we’ll be introducing and studying the body of recent work called queer theory, from Sedgwick and Butler to Muñoz, Serano and Ahmed, and noticing its sources from Plato to Foucault, but we will focus on what poets, novelists, memoirists, essayists, performers and playwrights made and did with the models they had. Compared to other queer theory and queer lit courses, this one will likely have more poetry, more literary nonfiction, and more trans or trans-friendly content: Imogen Binnie, Shakespeare, Lord Rochester, Virginia Woolf, James Baldwin, Anne Bannon, Audre Lorde and Walt Whitman may all be involved.

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