Department of English

University of Toronto


ENG488H1F  L0101   R1-3
Queer Renaissance
Professor Misha Teramura

Brief Description of Course: How “queer” was the English Renaissance? This course explores the literature of Shakespeare’s time through the lens of erotic desire, love, and gender, with special attention to how cultural works define and interrogate conceptions of the “normative.” Our wide range of topics will include same-sex desire, gender performance, religious ecstasy, marriage, service, collaboration, and competition in works by William Shakespeare, Queen Elizabeth, Christopher Marlowe, Mary Maitland, Richard Barnfield, and others. Alongside these primary materials, we will also draw on the work of modern critics and artists such as Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick and Derek Jarman. Throughout the semester we will ask questions about how we locate “queerness” in early modern texts, how we can develop queer reading practices, and to what extent our critical engagements are conditioned by our own contemporary perspectives.

Required Reading: TBA.

First Three Authors/Texts: Ovid, Metamorphoses (selections); Lyly, Galatea; Marlowe, Edward II.

Method of Instruction: Seminar.

Method of Evaluation: Participation in discussion, in-class presentation, research proposal, final essay.

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