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Queer History and Theory

ENGL 0333.401
also offered as: GSWS 0333
TR 1:45-3:14pm


What does it mean to call oneself gay? lesbian? trans? queer? Where did these words come from, and how do their differing meanings reflect a history of changing conceptions of LGBTQIA culture? How do language, literature, and media shape gender and sexuality? This course will take a historical approach to the study of queer theory. It will consider how shifting definitions of queerness, under different guises and different terms, have shaped our understanding of sexual and gender identity today.


English Major Requirements
  • Sector 1 Theory and Poetics (AETP)
  • Sector 2 Difference and Diaspora (AEDD)
English Concentration Attributes
  • Gender/Sexuality¬†Concentration (AEGS)
  • Theory & Cultural Studies Concentration (AETC)
College Attributes