Queer theory, once considered an esoteric hobby for the academic elite, is now everywhere in our popular culture. Terms such as "woman," "man," "straight," or "gay" no longer seem to have firm or immediately accessible meanings. In this course, we will pay close attention to how queer theory's productive destabilization of identity has affected recent American fiction, memoir, and film. From the intensification of trans* activism to the transformation of HIV/AIDS from a terminal to a chronic disease, from debates over marriage equality to criticism of white gay gentrification, our course texts use queer theory as a narrative tool, troubling the opposition between art and activism. Texts likely to be featured include Torres's "We the Animals," Nelson's "The Argonauts," and Yanagihara's "A Little Life."
Course Attributes: EN HBU HumAS HUMFA HUMAR HUMEL TC
Section 01Sophomore Seminar
INSTRUCTOR: WindleView Course Listing