WGSS 326
Queer Temporalities
Last Offered Spring 2017
Division II
Cross-listed WGSS 326 / REL 326 / COMP 326 / LATS 426
This course is not offered in the current catalog or this is a previous listing for a current course.

Class Details

Birth, childhood, adolescence, college, adulthood, career, marriage, family, mid-life, old age, death, afterlife. How are all these facets of being human imagined as stages in time, as axes on certain progressive lines that delineate human social relations? 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 mark the passing of time? What are some of the different ways that people have made sense of time and themselves in time? How have our conceptions of time and our demarcations of lifecycles shifted historically? How do people whose experiences do not align with dominant cultural social stages negotiate ideas of lifecycle and timing? Especially for individuals and peoples who have been denied 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 Muñoz) we will examine some non-linear, non-normative, and interruptive approaches to making sense of time, space-time, and self within time.
The Class: Format: tutorial
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 3378
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Class attendance, analytical essays, responses, and revised essays. 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. Pairs will also prepare a midterm synthesis, students will revise two of their 5-page analytical papers: one from the first half of the semester, one from the second half due at the end of the semester.
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
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
WGSS 326 Division II REL 326 Division II COMP 326 Division I LATS 426 Division II
Attributes: AMST Space and Place Electives
LATS Core Electives

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