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391-001 Gay & Lesbian Literature: Queer and Trans Activism and Literature

391-001 Gay & Lesbian Literature: Queer and Trans Activism and Literature
Instructor: Jordan Landry
Description:
This course focuses on three eras in American queer and trans history: Pre-Stonewall, Stonewall, and Post-Stonewall. We will explore representations and stories of how gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) people shaped culture and identity before, during, and after the Stonewall Rebellion. The course is organized around LGBTQ activism and its relationship to other forms of American activism such as feminism and the Civil Rights movement. Similarly, in this course, there will be an emphasis on the history of the LGBTQ community not as a subculture that exists separate from America but one that has contributed in vibrant and significant ways to America. Indeed there will be an emphasis on LGBTQ activism and its role in shaping queer and trans literature and, in turn, the influence of both on American culture and history. Ultimately, the course will be an exploration of the many ways that protest has shaped Queer and Trans literature by influencing notions of identity and community.

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