Intro to Lit: Culture & Lit

Intro to Lit: Culture & Lit

Queer Narratives Across Media*


What is queer? What is queerness?  How do we read queer? How do we write queer? How do we as readers, writers, scholars, and people understand ourselves in relation to queerness? In this course, we will work toward answering these and other questions as we engage with “odd” narratives from a spectrum of genre, media, and mode. This engagement will include not only analytical papers but also creative writing. Throughout the course we will primarily grapple with the representation of queer desire in text such as Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home and KindaTV’s web series, Carmilla; however, we will move beyond sexuality as we examine queerness as it functions in relation to composition, race, gender, and as a means of protest.

Major Assignments:

3 short papers and 1 final project paper

Text (subject to change):

  • Fun Home by Bechdel, A.
  • Rolling the R’s by Linmark, R. Zamora
  • PJ Harvey’s Rid of Me: A Story by Schatz, K.

Course Films:

Kumu Hina (2014)

Moonlight (2016)

*Note: This is a working description of the course. As the Spring and Summer Semesters progress, this description is subject to change. Please e-mail me if you any questions.