Introduction to Culture and Sexuality (3) A course addressing the relationships between sexuality, literature, and culture.
ENGL 227 Introduction to Sexuality Studies (3)
This course focuses primarily on queer literature, theory, and culture in the post-Stonewall (1969) decades in the United States and Britain. The course will interrogate sexual norms and their deviations, with a particular focus on the relationships between sexuality, imagination, and ethics in the making of sexual communities and in the fostering of sexual activism. We will focus on how class, race, and gender have been shaped, historically, through the production of sexuality, and the resistances offered to the formation and sedimentation of rigidly sexed bodies.
We will examine the relationships of memory, temporality, and spatial location in contemporary queer culture and theory. We will explore the relationships between sexuality and ethics, and how both shape the history of queer activism. Above all, we will study the connections between fantasy, imagination, and sexuality in shaping the literary and visual cultures of the U.S. and Britain. We will focus on the ways marginalization, shame, and criminalization are transformed, in the history, culture, and theory of queer people, into visionary acts of "world-making" that have changed contemporary understandings of bodies, identities, social formations, and literary and cultural forms.
Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.