COMP 326 Spring 2013 Queer Temporalities (W)

Cross Listed as REL326, WGSS326, LATS426
How do we experience and represent time, and what factors might account for both our experiences and our representations? What are some of the ways that people experience and ritually mark the passing of time? What are some of the different ways that people have made sense of time and themselves in time? Especially for individuals and peoples who have been denied certain self-representation and narratives of place, how do competing notions of time, history, space, and location get negotiated? In this course, drawing from within the broad corpus of queer theory (including theorists such as Gloria Anzaldua, Elizabeth Freeman, J. Halberstam, and Jose Esteban Muñoz) we will examine some non-linear, non-normative, and interruptive approaches to making sense of time, space-time, and self within time. On the one hand, we will consider theorists who specifically question and challenge what Jose Esteban Muñoz dubs the "linearity of straight time," and we will turn to a set of issues with regard to family and sexuality, especially critiques of normative lifecycle events and rituals that have reconfigured experiences and representations of time and place. On the other hand, we will also work with queer theory as it explores alternatives to normative conceptualizations of time and place that have already existed in the past. Hence we will look not only to queer theory as it reads more contemporary negotiations of sexuality, identity, time, and space-time; we will also consider how some contemporary theorists have read previous historical examples.
Class Format: tutorial
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on class attendance, analytical essays, responses, and revised essays
Additional Info: Pairs will meet with the instructor for one hour each week. Almost every week, one student from the pair will write a 5-page analysis of the week's reading. The other student will respond orally with a 2-page response to their partner's paper.
Additional Info2: Pairs will also prepare a midterm synthesis, and students will revise two of their 5-page analytical papers: one from the first half of the semester, and one from the second half due at the end of the semester. May not be taken on a pass/fail basis
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: majors and concentrators in Religion, Latina/o Studies, Comparative Literature, and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies or students who have previous coursework in those programs
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Distribution Notes: meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under REL, LATS or WGSS; meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under COMP
Divisional Attributes: Division I, Writing Intensive
Other Attributes: LATS Core Electives
Enrollment Limit: 10
Expected Enrollment: 10
Class Number: 3692
COMP326-T1(S) TUT Queer Temporalities (W) Division 1: Languages and the ArtsWriting Intensive Jacqueline Hidalgo
TBA 3692
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