WGSS 306
Queer of Color Critique: Race, Sex and Urban Life Spring 2015
Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
Cross-listed COMP 304 / AFR 306 / LATS 306 / AMST 306
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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.
The Class: Format: discussion/lecture
Limit: 15
Expected: 15
Class#: 3808
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: mid-term essay, choice of final exam essay or 8-10 page research paper, responses to performance/special events
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: WGSS majors, students considering a WGSS major
Distributions: Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
Notes: meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under WGSS, AMST, AFR or LATS; meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under COMP
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
WGSS 306 Division II COMP 304 Division I AFR 306 Division II LATS 306 Division II AMST 306 Division II
Attributes: AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora
AMST Critical and Cultural Theory Electives
ASAM Related Courses
WGSS Racial Sexual + Cultural Diversity Courses
WGSS Theory Courses

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