Queer and Now: LGBTQ Literature and Film
This course considers the diverse forms of LGBTQ sexuality, self-expression, and desire as bodied forth in 20th and 21st century fiction, poetry, drama, graphic memoir, and cinema. We'll track the changing ways in which fluid sexualities have been experienced and represented, aided by critical essays offering theoretical frameworks and historical context (one of which, Eve Kosovsky Sedgwick's 1993 "Queer and Now," gives this class its title).
We’ll read such writers as James Baldwin (Giovanni's Room), Frank O'Hara, Audre Lorde, June Jordan, Mark Doty, Leslie Feinberg (Stone Butch Blues), Tony Kushner (Angels in America), Alison Bechdel (Fun Home), Ivan Coyote, Chinelo Okparanta (Under the Udala Trees), Carmen Maria Machado (In the Dream House), Bryan Washington, and Tade Thompson (Rosewater, an Africanfuturist novel).
In addition to the documentaries The Celluloid Closet and Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen, we’ll explore work by such directors as Jennie Livingston (Paris Is Burning), the Wachowskis (Bound), Sean Baker (Tangerine), Barry Jenkins (Moonlight), Sebastian Lelio (A Fantastic Woman), and Wanuri Kahiu (Rafiki).
English 787/800, English Major Seminar: Queer and Now is a Writing Intensive course that fulfills part of the Capstone requirement (as well as the “Poetics” requirement) for the Literary Studies option within the Literary Arts & Studies / English Studies major. At UNH Manchester, it also fulfills the diversity requirement for the B.A. in English Teaching. Prerequisite: English 419, or instructor’s permission. Although the course is titled “English Major Seminar,” students from other majors are very welcome and may find the subject matter of interest.
English 787/800 may be repeated for credit, up to a maximum of 8 credits, provided that content is not significantly duplicated.