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ENGL 4492 Queer Origins (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

How have thinkers responded to the question of queer origins? We will look at three overlapping categories: etiological accounts of the origin of homosexuality (Freud; physiological, biological, and environmental theories of sexuality; sexology; theories of gay desire by apologists, activists, and the (often violently) disapproving); mythological and philosophical accounts of desire (Plato's Symposium and Phaedrus, Narcissus, Orpheus, Oedipus, Deleuze, queer theory); and literary representations of gay initiation, seduction, and origination (including works by Shakespeare, Swinburne, Wilde, Proust, Nabokov, and contemporary queer writers). To take the course without its title appearing on your transcript, contact the instructor for alternative registration options.


Instructor(s): Kevin Ohi

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 07-Dec-13