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Friendship

ENGL 390.401
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fulfills requirements:
Sector 1: Theory and Poetics of the Standard Major
Sector 2: Difference and Diaspora of the Standard Major
Sector 6: 20th Century Literature of the Standard Major
Elective Seminar of the Standard Major

This course offers an introduction to the history and philosophy of friendship. We will consider friendship in relation to eros and same-sex desire; as a recurrent trope in literary history; as a mode of political thought; and in relation to questions of representation and truth. We will reflect at length on recent queer rethinkings of friendship “as a way of life,” and consider the intersection of class, race, and gender in the making of queer communities.  In addition, this course will explore the classroom as a space for the rethinking of social relations. Students will be asked to participate actively in designing and leading class discussions, and to reflect on this experience in writing.