Department of English

University of Toronto

CCR199H1F - L0193

CCR199H1F L0193 F1-3
First Year Seminar: Shapeshifting: The Politics and Erotics of Identity in LGBT Literature
Professor Carroll Balot
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Brief Description of Course: We will read a selection of important LGBT novels in order to explore the continuities and changes in the representation of LGBT experience over the course of the last century. We will discuss these novels in relation to ongoing debates about identity politics and authority as these have been shaped by the urgencies of socially sanctioned violence, AIDS, the lack of legal standing, and the culture of shame.

Required Reading: Baldwin, Giovanni’s Room; Feinberg Eight-sixed; Wintersen, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit; Feinberg, Stone Butch Blues; Selvadurai, Funny Boy, Okparanta, Under the Udala Trees; Tamaki, Skim.

First Three Authors/Texts: Baldwin, Giovanni’s Room; Feinberg Eight-sixed; Wintersen, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit.

Method of Instruction: Seminar discussion and presentations.

Method of Evaluation: Class discussion, presentation, seminar paper.

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