WOMENSTD 431 - Advanced Topics in LGBTQ Studies
Section: 001 Queer Love
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Women's Studies (WOMENSTD)
Department: LSA Women's Studies
Waitlist Capacity:
Advisory Prerequisites:
WOMENSTD 245 or 295.
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
Rackham Information:
Rackham credit requires additional work.
Primary Instructor:

A survey of contemporary fiction by male writers who portray love as a queer emotion. Much current popular culture tends to see love as essentially normal: unlike sex, which by its very nature is liable to become kinky or perverse, love is usually represented as being at the heart of normal life, at home in conventional social structures (such as marriage and the nuclear family). One of love’s most important social functions nowadays is to endow accepted forms of personal life with a look and feel of intrinsic normality. But what if love proved to be weirder than sex? This course will examine literary works that offer other models of love, models that disrupt, alter, refuse, or reinvent the normal practice of normal love. These non-standard kinds of love can be considered queer, not because they spring from homosexual desire (though many of the works studied will deal with gay male love), but because they are at odds with widely accepted practices and ideals of love. Queer love, according to this definition, is love that takes an unexpected or deviant form, that appears in unconventional contexts, that produces a shocking or scandalous outcome, that expresses itself in unacceptable ways, or that simply impels the lover to depart from feelings, social arrangements, or styles of life deemed to be normal. What kinds of queer thinking, and what queer modes of being and relating, might the concept of love promote? What is the relation between (queer) love and (non-standard) literary form? The ultimate aim of this course is to explore how well love and society actually go together.

WOMENSTD 431 - Advanced Topics in LGBTQ Studies
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
W 6:00PM - 9:00PM
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ISBN: 9780374532314
A lover's discourse : fragments, Author: Roland Barthes ; translated from the French by Richard Howard., Publisher: Hill and Wang Pbk. ed. 2010
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0061926000
Endless love : a novel, Author: Scott Spencer., Publisher: Ecco Ecco reiss 2010
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9781584350347
I love Dick, Author: Chris Kraus, Publisher: Semiotext(e) 2006
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780679723165
Lolita., Author: Vladimir Nabokov., Publisher: Putnam 1st Vintag 1955
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9781616954840
Martin and john., Publisher: Soho 2015
ISBN: 1781259313
Ready to Catch Him Should He Fall, Author: Neil Bartlett, Publisher: Serpent's Tail 2017
ISBN: 9781590175255
We think the world of you, Author: J.R. Ackerley ; introduction by P.N. Furbank., Publisher: New York Review Books 2000
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