WGSS 247
"Queering the Color Line": Queer Black and Latina/o Literature Fall 2014
Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
Cross-listed WGSS 247 / ENGL 245 / COMP 249 / LATS 245 / AFR 245
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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.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 18
Expected: 16
Class#: 2063
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: students will be evaluated based on participation, short essays, and a final group presentation on the queering of contemporary pop culture
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the Gaudino option
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: LATS concentrators
Distributions: Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under COMP or ENGL; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under LATS, AFR or WGSS
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
WGSS 247 Division II ENGL 245 Division II COMP 249 Division II LATS 245 Division II AFR 245 Division II
Attributes: LATS Core Electives

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