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C LIT 240 D: Writing In Comparative Literature

Queerin' the Americas

Meeting Time: 
MWF 9:30am - 11:20am
Location: 
OUG 141
SLN: 
11929
Instructor:
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Alan-Michael Weatherford

Additional Details:

When one hears the word “queer,” the most commonly understood meaning involves something negative, a pejorative deviation from the normal. It is also typically used as slang for a white homosexual male. But this class will explore “queer” in its various meanings as a valuable means of questioning what is normal itself.  In addition, it will ask not only how queer looks and expresses itself in relation to race, class, gender, sex and sexuality, but also how it manifests across the many cultures of the Americas.

This course will engage with various forms of queer cultural production (plays, novels, children’s literature, films and slam poetry) from the 20th and 21st centuries across French, English and Spanish linguistic and cultural lines. It will also entertain various feminist, anti-colonial and queer of color theoretical concepts. Students will then develop their analytical skills through writing in various forms (personal journaling, response papers, short literary analyses and a comparative paper).

We will think about and explore not only our own (queer) positions in time and culture, but also of those in the works we read and view. Classes will be a mixture of small groups and class discussions, peer-review workshops as well as activities from Augusto Boal’s Theater of the Oppressed

Catalog Description: 
Comparative approach to literature and a workshop in writing comparative papers in English. Emphasis on cross-cultural comparison of literary works. Readings in English with an option to read selected texts in the original languages Offered: AWSp.
GE Requirements Met: 
English Composition (C)
Writing (W)
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
January 28, 2017 - 9:12pm
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