Department of English

University of Toronto

CCR199H1F L0191

CCR199H1F    L0192   W10-12
1st Year Seminar: The Coming Out Novel
Instructor: Prof. D. Townsend
Office Location: LMB 321
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Office Hours and/or Leave Status: TBD

Brief Description of Course: In this course, we'll read and discuss narratives of queer erotic identity and self-disclosure. We'll examine the relation of these narratives to long-standing literary conventions. We'll also talk about the ways the texts reflect very specific moments in the history of sexual diversity. Throughout the course, the emphasis will be on practicing and refining the skills that allow us to create shared intellectual community.

Required Reading: Annie Proulx, “Brokeback Mountain”; James Baldwin, Giovanni’s Room; Alison Bechdel, Fun Home; Audre Lorde, Zami, A New Spelling of My Name (excerpts); Shyam Selvadurai, Funny Boy; Anthony De Sa, Kicking the Sky

First Three Authors/Texts: Annie Proulx, “Brokeback Mountain”; James Baldwin, Giovanni’s Room; Alison Bechdel, Fun Home

Method of Evaluation: Weekly participation exercises in class (10% in total); a fifteen-minute facilitation of class discussion of a selected passage from the day’s assignment (20%); 5-7 pp. paper (= 1500-2100 words, 20%), 8-10 pp. paper (2400-3000 words, 30%); in-class essay: a poetics of the coming out novel (20%).

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