2013-2015 Undergraduate Catalog

ENG 370 Queer Studies

A concentrated interdisciplinary study of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and/or transgender (GLBT) literature in the context of the history of GLBT social and political movements and the branch of cultural theory known as queer theory. Works from a variety of genres by GLBT authors and/or containing queer thematic content will be examined in a non-homophobic environment. Students will examine continuing debates, sparked by the rise of queer theory, about topics such as the constructed or essential nature of sexuality and gender. Provides students with a better understanding of the artistic contributions and political struggles of GLBT figures as well as an invigorating analytical tool (queer theory) with interdisciplinary applications. Students should expect to write at least one analytical paper dealing with one or more works read for the course.