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American Literature : Crossing the Americas: Transnational American Queer Poetry

Crossing the Americas: Transnational American Queer Poetry

Faculté de gestion: Faculté des lettres

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

Période de validité: 2009 -> 2009

Pas d'horaire défini.


Semestre d'automne
2 heures par semaine
28 heures par semestre

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


This seminar has two objectives: to expose students to the new developments in international and comparative American studies, and to explore the history of queer American poetry in a transnational context. The course will examine the network of sometimes surprising connections between queer writers who find across the north-south border a cultural experience which inspires, liberates, or teaches new ways of thinking and writing about a sexually marginalized subjectivity. We will begin with Whitman, who has had a tremendous impact on queer poets North and South as well as writers interested in exploring the meaning of national identity and belonging in the so-called "New World." The other American writers studied in this class will include Hart Crane, Allen Ginsberg, Gloria Anzaldúa and Adrienne Rich. The Spanish-language writers we will read in translation are Garcia Lorca (who is not Latin American but is nevertheless a key figure in Latin American literature), Pablo Neruda (who has been called the Walt Whitman of South America), and the Mexican poet Xavier Villaurrútia. At the end of this course, students will have strengthened their analytical and comparative reading skills, acquired the theoretical basics of queer theory as applied to literary study, and exercised their critical thinking and speaking skills in a discussion-centered seminar context.


Texts will be distributed in class.

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