Department of English

University of Toronto

ENG273Y1Y - L5101

ENG273Y1Y  L5101  M6-9
Queer Writing 
Professor Michael Cobb

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Brief Description of Course:
This course will introduce features of what might be termed a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer literary and theoretical tradition. We'll use classical, modern, postmodern, and contemporary literature, criticism, politics, and popular culture to think about the complicated "nature" of non-majority sexualities. Our focus will be the ideologies, fantasies, obliquities, pleasures, traumas, nationalities, politics, and aesthetic articulations of what we'll call "queer" sexuality. We'll explore writers, critics, activists, and theorists who have made sexuality into a special kind of literature that provokes, challenges, and pleases us into new kinds of sexual knowledge—new kinds of close reading.

Required Reading: Anne Carson, Autobiography of Red; Plato, Symposium; Shakespeare, As You Like It; Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray; E. M. Forster, Maurice; Radclyffe Hall, The Well of Loneliness; Virginia Woolf, Orlando; Djuna Barnes, Nightwood; Nella Larsen, Passing; James Baldwin, Giovanni's Room; Alice Walker, The Color Purple; Tony Kushner, Angels in America, Parts One and Two; Alison Bechdel, Fun Home.

First Three Authors/Texts: Carson, Plato, Shakespeare. 

Method of Instruction: Lecture/discussion.

Method of Evaluation: Two papers, two term tests, class participation.

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