WGS 214 - Introduction to LGBTQ+ Literatures
Fall 2023, Section 001 - Introduction to Trans and Queer Poetry
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Women's and Gender Studies (WGS)
Department: LSA Women's and Gender Studies
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Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
May not be repeated for credit.
Start/End Date:
Full Term 8/28/23 - 12/6/23 (see other Sections below)
NOTE: Drop/Add deadlines are dependent on the class meeting dates and will differ for full term versus partial term offerings.
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In this course, we will explore contemporary poetry 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, poetry readings, poetics statements, reviews, and performances/short films created by these and other poets. While we’ll engage with critical “lens” texts to help us frame our discussions, at every opportunity we will return to the poems as a landing place for our discussions and analytical inquiries.

The list of contemporary poets we’ll read is long, and it includes Xan Phillips, Raquel Salas Rivera, Oliver Baez Bendorf, Noah Baldino, Cameron Awkward-Rich, Ching-In Chen, Jos Charles, Joshua Jennifer Espinoza, TC Tolbert, CA Conrad, Ari Banias, Yanyi, and more.

This course satisfies the following CURRENT English major/minor requirement: NOT APPLICABLE

This course satisfies the following NEW English major/minor requirements: Foundations & Methods (200-level), Time (Contemporary/Modern)

Course Requirements:

The two primary modes of course engagement will be writing and class discussions. There will be informal written responses to course texts for each class meeting; two analytical essays that emphasize the creation of original knowledge and interpretation (one shorter analytical essay putting 2-3 poems into conversation with each other, and the other a longform essay focusing on a poet you read and study more deeply); and a final class presentation about the poet your second essay explores and how you see them fitting into and exceeding our course’s conversations.

Intended Audience:

This course is designed for students who are deeply curious about poetry and poetics, and about why poetry may be appealing as a means of communication (with self, with community, with a broader audience) for transgender and gender nonconforming people in the 21st century. No prior poetry experience required.


WGS 214 - Introduction to LGBTQ+ Literatures
Schedule Listing
001 (REC)
 In Person
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
8/28/23 - 12/6/23

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