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Queer Theory

Cultural Studies


GENG-7901-001 Topics in Genders, Sexualities, and Culture: Queer Theory
Professor H. Milne
Winter 2017
Wednesdays 2:30-5:15 PM

This course introduces students to some of the key thinkers, issues, and concepts in the field of Queer Theory. We will begin by reading Judith Butler’s Gender Trouble and Eve Kosovsky Sedgwick’s Epistemology of the Closet, two texts that laid the foundations of the field. We will then examine how queer theory has evolved over the past twenty-five years in relation to social and cultural changes that have occurred within queer culture. We will also consider how it has intersected with and informed other areas of theoretical and critical inquiry including psychoanalysis (Leo Bersani, Lee Edelmen), affect theory (Lauren Berlant, Sara Ahmed, Ann Cvetkovich), performance studies (Jose Esteban Munoz), Marxism and critical theory (Michael Warner, Lisa Duggan), critical race and postcolonial studies (David Eng, Jasbir Puar) and animal studies (Mel Y. Chen). Together, we will practice using queer theory as an analytical tool for examining film, literature, television, and current events.