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2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

WMST 308 - Queer Literature 3 s.h.

This course will look at literature spanning the last three hundred years to investigate attitudes and concepts pertaining to queer identities and lives, the queer struggle for identity creation, social legitimacy, acceptance and the fight for equality - and the corresponding heteronormative backlash. Critical exploration of literature will follow an intersectional approach that examines the connections among race, sexed embodiment, gender, class and sexual orientation in relation to the concepts that frame the meanings of bodies within social contexts. Students will have opportunities to do queer readings of some traditional texts, to see how the meaning changes when characters are not assumed to be heterosexual, gender normative, or cis-gendered. In addition to essays, letters, diaries, memoirs, poems, short stories, songs, plays, and novels, students will also read selections on queer theory to guide their readings. Offered every 2-3 years.
Cross-listed as LITR 308 .
Prerequisite(s): SoS; LITR 250  or 3sh of any WMST course.