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GWSS 464 A: Queer Desires

Summer Term: 
Meeting Time: 
MW 3:30pm - 5:40pm
THO 215
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Jey Saung

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This course sets out to trace a genealogy of the terms "queer" and "to queer" through the fields of feminist and queer studies. We will be examining the ways in which these fields interrogate institutions of power, such as medicine, education, the law and the family, that continue to produce and reinforce stabilized categories of binary gender and sex. Our primary texts will examine "queering" as a framework and an instrument of critique. We will be reading foundational texts in queer theory, such as Michel Foucault's The History of Sexuality, Vol. 1, and Cathy Cohen's "Punks, Bulldaggers, and Queens" as well as more recent texts such as José Esteban Muñoz's Cruising Utopia and Dean Spade's Normal Life. Through these texts, we will develop a foundational understanding of queer theory as well as its application to critique and future-building.

Catalog Description: 
Explores desire and the politics of sexuality as gendered, raced, classed, and transnational processes. Intimacies and globalization, normality and abnormality, and power and relationships are sites of inquiry into the constitution of "queerness." Students interrogate queer and sexuality studies, using varied media - films, activist writings, and scholarly articles.
GE Requirements: 
Diversity (DIV)
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Last updated: 
August 2, 2019 - 9:15pm