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Queer American Literature

Faculté de gestion: Faculté des lettres

Responsable(s): Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet
Intervenant(s): -

Période de validité: 2007 -> 2007

Pas d'horaire défini.

Séminaire

Semestre de printemps
2 heures par semaine
28 heures par semestre

Langue(s) d'enseignement: anglais
Public: Oui
Crédits: 0

Contenu

This M.A.-level course will begin with an intense immersion in several key texts of what is called Gender Studies or Queer Theory, including the work of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick and Judith Butler, and then introduce, or rather, re-introduce, students to the history of queer writing in American literature. I say "re-introduce" because many of the authors we will read will already be familiar to students, but what will be new is the awareness that gendered identity and sexuality are central issues in their writing and that reading them with these issues in mind can make their work understandable in new ways. We will also explore the work of writers that students may be less familiar with, but whose work contributes to an American tradition of "queer" literature. The use of the term "queer" as opposed to "gay," "lesbian," or "homosexual" is meant to indicate that the course is not framed in terms of biographical issues, but rather on the way in which gender and sexual identity are performed, interrogated and constructed through writing. The authors that we read will include Walt Whitman, Herman Melville, Henry James, Gertrude Stein, Djuna Barnes, James Baldwin, Allan Ginsberg, and Adrienne Rich.

Bibliographie

Texts: most will be provided in class. James Baldwin's Giovanni's Room can be purchased at Basta. Herman Melville's Billy Budd will also be available at Basta soon.

Informations supplémentaires

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