ENGL 412 Spring 2015 Feminist and Queer Interventions in Literary Theory

Cross Listed as COMP412, WGSS412
Feminist scholars have worked, with increasing success from the 1960s onward, to shed light on previously unrecognized women writers and situate gender and sexuality at the center of the study of literature. Building on this foundation, we will investigate the profound methodological impact of feminist and queer literary criticism. We will examine the ways in which such scholarship has not only challenged the neglect of gender and sexuality but also generated new theoretical frameworks and approaches to interpretation. Our investigation will be guided by questions such as: What is the relationship between feminist and queer theories and other interpretive approaches such as new criticism, poststructuralism, psychoanalysis, critical race theory, new historicism, and postcolonial theory? In what ways do feminist and queer theories differ and disagree about literary studies? What constitutes a feminist reading practice or queer method of interpretation? Our discussions will explore the historically contingent, varied, and contested nature of feminist and queer criticism, and what becomes possible (or impossible) when thinking and reading within these frameworks.
Class Format: seminar with elements of a colloquium, including independent research and some student-selected readings and discussion topics
Requirements/Evaluation: group discussion facilitation; 5-page essay; 12- to 15-page final paper, with oral presentation
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Prerequisites: a 300-level English course, or instructor permission
Enrollment Preference: English and/or WGSS majors
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Distribution Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under ENGL or COMP; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under WGSS
Divisional Attributes: Division I
Other Attributes: ENGL Criticism Courses,WGSS Feminist Theory Courses
Enrollment Limit: 15
Expected Enrollment: 15
Class Number: 3722
ENGL 412 - 01 (S) SEM Interventions in Lit Theory Division 1: Languages and the Arts Margaux E. Cowden
W 1:10 PM-3:50 PM Paresky Room 210 3722
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