LATS 245 Fall 2014 "Queering the Color Line": Queer Black and Latina/o Literature (D)

Cross Listed as WGSS247, COMP249, ENGL245, AFR245
This class takes part of its title from Siobhan Somerville's critical study published in 2000, and takes its cues, as Somerville has, from W.E.B Dubois's statement in The Souls of Black Folk that "the problem in the Twentieth Century is the problem of the color line." Thus, in this course, we will ask: How have Black and Latina/o critics and writers developed, critiqued, and re-imagined queer literature and queer studies to address the complexities of racialization, as well as gender, sexuality, class, disability, and citizenship? This question, and our examination of the politics of self-identification and confessionary forms, will guide our discussions throughout the course. Texts may include works by James Baldwin, Rigoberto Gonzalez, Jackie Kay, Cherrie Moraga, Cristy Road, and Tatiana de la Tierra, in addition to selections from the anthologies Black Queer Studies, Gay Latino Studies: A Critical Reader, This Bridge We Call Home: Radical Visions for Transformation, and others that will be available in a course reader.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: students will be evaluated based on participation, short essays, and a final group presentation on the queering of contemporary pop culture
Additional Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the Gaudino option
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: LATS concentrators
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Distribution Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under COMP or ENGL; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under LATS, AFR or WGSS
Divisional Attributes: Division II,Exploring Diversity
Other Attributes: LATS Core Electives
Enrollment Limit: 18
Expected Enrollment: 16
Class Number: 2006
LATS 245 - 01 (F) SEM Queer Black & Latina/o Literat (D) Division 2: Social StudiesExploring Diversity Initiative Alma M. Granado
TR 11:20 AM-12:35 PM Hollander 158 2006
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