ENGL 8811 Queer Time (Fall: 3 )
Queer experience is marked by a distinctive relation to time: (nominally) non-reproductive and (in most cases) experiencing forms of desire unknown to their parents, queer people are deprived of (but also liberated from) the presumed transparency of legacy and inheritance, just as the disregard shown queer lives and histories deprives and liberates them from a complacent relation to history; to come out marks a life with a fundamental temporal discontinuity unknown to straight lives. Examining relevant recent writing in queer theory, we will also examine other considerations of time by, among others: Plato, Augustine, Bergson, Freud, Benjamin, Foucault, and Deleuze.
Instructor(s): Kevin Ohi
Last Updated: 16-Feb-15