WGSS 326
Queer Temporalities Spring 2015
Division II Writing Skills
Cross-listed REL 326 / COMP 326 / LATS 426 / WGSS 326
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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 Anzaldúa, Elizabeth Freeman, J. Halberstam, and José Esteban Mu&#241oz) 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 José Esteban Mu&#241oz 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.
The Class: Format: tutorial
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 3766
Grading: OPG
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on class attendance, analytical essays, responses, and revised essays
Extra 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.
Extra Info 2: 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 Preferences: 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
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills
Notes: meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under REL, LATS or WGSS; meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under COMP
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
REL 326 Division II COMP 326 Division I LATS 426 Division II WGSS 326 Division II
Attributes: LATS Core Electives

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