AMST 306 Spring 2015 Queer of Color Critique: Race, Sex and Urban Life (D)

Cross Listed as WGSS306, COMP304, LATS306, AFR306
This seminar is an introduction to queer of color critique, a field of scholarship that seeks to intervene in the predominantly white canon of queer studies. We will examine the history of this line of critique, beginning with Black and Chicana feminisms and extending into present day issues and activism highlighting intersectionality, exploring how and why QOCC became a necessary intervention into the then still emerging field of queer studies. Our texts include scholarly works as well as science fiction novels, plays, films, diaries, and graphic novels. Methodologically, we draw on many fields of study, including anthropology, literary studies, feminist studies, and ethnic studies. We focus primarily but by no means exclusively on US contexts, paying particular attention to the role that urban environments have served for queer communities of color. Topics include: feminisms of color, inter-racial desire and fetishization, orientalism and colonial fantasy, black queer science fiction, transgender subjectivities, and the political economy of sexual desire. A key feature of this course will also be the inclusion of numerous and diverse authors to appear on Skype or in person to answer questions about their work as we read it in class.
Class Format: discussion/lecture
Requirements/Evaluation: mid-term essay, choice of final exam essay or 8-10 page research paper, responses to performance/special events
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: WGSS majors, students considering a WGSS major
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Distribution Notes: meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under WGSS, AMST, AFR or LATS; meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under COMP
Divisional Attributes: Division II,Exploring Diversity
Other Attributes: AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora,AMST Critical and Cultural Theory Electives,ASAM Related Courses,WGSS Racial Sexual + Cultural Diversity Courses,WGSS Feminist Theory Courses
Enrollment Limit: 15
Expected Enrollment: 15
Class Number: 3810
AMST 306 - 01 (S) LEC Queer of Color Critique (D) Division 2: Social StudiesExploring Diversity Initiative Gregory C. Mitchell
TR 11:20 AM-12:35 PM Griffin 1 3810
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