Queer Lives

  • Course Number: 2405
  • Subject: Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies
  • Semester(s) Offered: Fall
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Description:

    In this course we will read autobiographical accounts (memoirs, essays, diaries, and poems) in which a significant portion of the narrative focuses on same-sex erotic attraction and/or gender difference, identified in contemporary society by the label Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender/Intersex or the generic (and contested) Queer. The works were selected both to examine how gay and lesbian lives have been defined and altered over the course of the last sixty years and to provide a perspective of national, ethnic, religious, and racial diversity. Our main focus in the classroom will be discussion of these texts and their contexts. The classroom will be augmented by a research assignment focused on a gay or lesbian life we have not examined together in class. NOTE: This course was previously titled "Gay and Lesbian Lives." Students can earn credit only once for either "Queer Lives" or "Gay and Lesbian Lives."

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