ENGLISH 214 - Introduction to LGBTQ+ Literatures
Winter 2022, Section 001 - Trans* and Queer Contemporary Poetry
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  Online (see other Sections below)
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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May not be repeated for credit.
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In this course, we will explore contemporary poetry (written mostly in the last 5-10 years) by transgender, trans, trans*, nonbinary, gender nonconforming, genderqueer, and otherwise queer-identified writers, and/or works that engage with questions of gender, sex and sexuality, identity, and politics. 

At the center of our course will be the poems themselves, and we’ll supplement these primary readings with podcast appearances, poetics essays and reviews, and performances/short films created by these and other poets. We’ll engage with some critical “lens” texts to help us frame our discussions, but at every opportunity we will return to the poems as a landing place for our discussions and inquiries.

The list of contemporary poets we’ll read is long; we’ll start here: Xandria Phillips, Raquel Salas Rivera, TC Tolbert, CA Conrad, Paul Tran, Ari Banias, Oliver Baez Bendorf, Andrea Abi-Karam, Ching-In Chen, Jos Charles, Joshua Jennifer Espinoza, Noah Baldino, Torrin A. Greathouse, Cameron Awkward-Rich, Yanyi, and more.

Course Requirements:

The two primary modes of course engagement will be writing and class discussions; writing will take the form of: (1) informal written responses to course texts for each class meeting; (2) putting poems (and other texts) into conversation with each other in short analytical essays; and (3) a cumulative longform essay focusing on one or more course authors to read more deeply, including analysis, research, and optional personal/creative reflection. No prior poetry experience is necessary.


ENGLISH 214 - Introduction to LGBTQ+ Literatures
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001 (REC)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM

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