ENGLISH 314 - Gender and Sexuality Studies in Literature
Winter 2020, Section 001 - Queer of Color Literature and Culture
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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Description

What meanings do the terms “queer” and “of color” carry? How do different literary and artistic genres represent the experiences of (racial, sexual, gender, or other social) minorities? What relationships can we trace between textual legibility (how a work of art can, or asks to, be interpreted) and cultural legibility (how an individual or community can, or asks to, be identified)? In this course, we will explore these questions as we read, watch, and evaluate artistic works that transport us across the globe—from Parisian bars to the Rio Grande Valley to Philippine jungles to Oklahoman indigenous communities.

In our travels across space, time, and genre, we will consider the benefits—as well as the limitations—of understanding the term “queer” not simply as a reference to LGBT identities but, more expansively, as a signifier of opposition to any number of sociopolitical norms. Similarly, we will contemplate what can be gained (or lost) by taking comparative and intersectional approaches to the study of race, gender, sexuality, class, ability, and nation. How useful is it, for instance, to understand subjects as “of color” rather than “black” or “Asian”? What do we learn when we shift our focus from, say, “Latinos” or “the gay community” to “trans Afro-Latinas in the U.S.”?

Required Books:

1) James Baldwin, Giovanni’s Room

2) Gloria Anzaldúa, Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza

3) Jessica Hagedorn, Dogeaters

4) Craig Womack, Drowning in Fire

5) Ocean Vuong, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous

Course Requirements:

As we analyze the various methods of research and composition that our authors employ to convey literary and cultural meaning, we will work on developing our own methods of research and composition for effective critical writing. To this end, we will focus throughout the term on asking precise and significant questions, on identifying useful print and online sources to help us refine and answer these questions, and on translating our research findings into strong scholarly arguments. We also will meet with librarians in Hatcher’s Special Collections Research Center to learn how to navigate the wide array of library resources—especially archival materials—that are available to us at U-M. Finally, we will work together to outline, draft, and revise our own research papers (one 5- to 7-page essay and one 10- to 12-page essay) on topics related to the major themes of the course.

Schedule

ENGLISH 314 - Gender and Sexuality Studies in Literature
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
27395
Open
2
 
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM

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