ENGLISH 490 - History of Literary Criticism and Theory
Section: 001 The Queer Theory of Michel Foucault
Term: FA 2017
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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With permission of instructor.
May not be repeated for credit.
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The writings of the French philosopher and historian Michel Foucault (1926-1984) are often identified—rightly or wrongly—as the origin, or even as the earliest instance, of queer theory. This course reviews some of the work by Foucault that inspired the first queer theorists and explores the connections between Foucault’s thought and certain persistent themes in queer theory. It also examines the intellectual traditions within queer theory that were shaped by those queer theorists who took Foucault as a source for their own thinking. Although Foucault may no longer be the dominant intellectual presence in the world of queer theory, he remains a point of reference for nearly everyone who works in that field, and one of the purposes of this course is to explain why.

Course Requirements:

Attendance at all meetings of the class; punctual completion of all reading assignments; a final paper

Intended Audience:

Advanced undergraduates, anyone interested in cultural theory or in the queer movement

Class Format:


ENGLISH 490 - History of Literary Criticism and Theory
Schedule Listing
001 (REC)
MW 5:30PM - 7:00PM
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ISBN: 9780679752554
Discipline and punish : the birth of the prison, Author: Michel Foucault ; translated from the French by Alan Sheridan., Publisher: Vintage Books 2nd Vintag 1995
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780679724698
The history of sexuality., Author: Michel Foucault ; translated from the French by Robert Hurley., Publisher: Vintage Vintage Bo 1990
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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