ENGL 412
Feminist and Queer Interventions in Literary Theory Spring 2015 Division I;
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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.
The Class: Type: seminar with elements of a colloquium, including independent research and some student-selected readings and discussion topics
Limit: 15
Expected: 15
Class#: 3722
Requirements/Evaluation: group discussion facilitation; 5-page essay; 12- to 15-page final paper, with oral presentation
Prerequisites: a 300-level English course, or instructor permission
Enrollment Preference: English and/or WGSS majors
Distribution Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under ENGL or COMP; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under WGSS
Distributions: Division I;

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