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ENGL 8808 Queer Literary Traditions (Fall: 3 )

Course Description

For many writers, philosophers, and theorists, to confront the question of literary and cultural tradition is to engage a paradoxical object, one that is "inherited" through repeated scenes of its failed or thwarted transmission. This course will examine the queer allure of such scenes, suggesting, among many other things, the possibility of understanding thwarted transmission as synonymous with the literary tradition as such and, hence, of bringing into view the queerness of that tradition. Writers might include some of the following: Plato, Sappho, Shakespeare, Wilde, Pater, James, Swinburne, Hopkins, Melville, Faulkner, Nabokov, Agamben, de Man, Barthes, Foucault, Deleuze, and Carson.

Instructor(s): Kevin Ohi

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: Fulfills the Theory requirement

Last Updated: 24-Jun-17