790: (Studies in) Queer Theory
Course website: http://people.ku.edu/~kconrad/790s08.html
Blackboard website: https://courseware.ku.edu/webapps/login/?campus_id=1
Professor Kathryn Conrad
Office hours: Wednesdays 1-3:30, Wescoe
3043 Wescoe, 4-2572
(Secondary office: 202 Nunemaker, 4-3314
explore the field of contemporary queer theory, its history and
intersections with other critical discourses--especially gender, race,
public sphere, and literary theories--and its cultural and political
applications. No prior study of queer theory is expected, although a
prior familiarity with critical theory, feminist theory, and/or gender
theory is useful. At least one film will be screened outside of the
scheduled class time.
Theory: An Introduction
NYU Press 1997
Home Bechdel, Alison
Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader
Henry, et al, eds 0415905192
and Counterpublics Warner,
Trouble with Normal Warner,
Nestle, Joan, ed
a Queer Time and Place
NYU Press 2005
the Sham! Maguire, Anne
Street Level Press 2005
Studies Corber, Robert, et
Queer Studies Johnson, E.
al, eds 0822336189
will be expected to participate in
classroom and online discussion, do a written and oral presentation on
an article of their own choosing, and complete a final paper/project.
- 30% participation:
This grade is comprised of attendance (15%), and participation in
online discussion blogs and in classroom discussion (15%).
are expected to participate at least 4 times in online discussion
forums; at least 2 must be before spring break and, to count, all must
the last day of class.
is required. The attendance portion of the grade will drop
letter grade per unexcused absence. Participation overall will be
affected negatively by any absence, and students with absences--unexcused
OR excused--should use the Blackboard discussion blogs to regain
participation credit. Students
the course with 6 unexcused absences.
are expected to participate regularly in classroom discussion.
Students who do not do so should expect to use the Blackboard
discussion blogs more frequently to compensate.
class is cancelled, we will "meet" online by holding extra discussion
on the Blackboard blogs. These discussions do not count toward
the 4 required postings.
- 70% written projects: This
grade is composed of your oral and written presentation* (10%), your prospectus
and bibliography (20%), and your final project (40%).
details will be provided for each assignment.
and written presentation on one scholarly article or book chapter
outside of the texts available for class. Your article must be
submitted to me (15 photocopies or a computer file for upload onto
Blackboard) by February 21. I will assign the dates for
This schedule is subject to change.
The most accurate schedule will be reflected on this website.
Th Jan 17:
Intro questionnaire (available on Blackboard for those who join class
T Jan 22:
Introduction: the roots of queer theory: Jagose, 1-71. Feminist
roots: Rubin, "Thinking Sex"; de Lauretis, "Sexual Indifference and
Lesbian Representation"; in Abelove et al.
Th Jan 24:
Feminism, lesbianism, strategies: Frye, "Some Reflections on
Separatism and Power"; Wittig, "One Is Not Born a Woman"; in Abelove.
Carbado, "Privilege," in Johnson et al.
T Jan 29:
Lesbigay epistemologies: Sedgwick, "Epistemology of the Closet," in
Abelove. Ross, "Beyond the Closet as Raceless Paradigm," in Johnson.
Th Jan 31:
Sexual identity and capitalism: Clark, "Commodity Lesbianism";
D'Emilio, "Capitalism and Gay Identity"; in Abelove.
T Feb 5:
Lesbigay pedagogy: Conrad and Crawford, "Passing/Out," on
Th Feb 7:
Alexander, "Embracing the Teachable Moment"; Clark, "Are We
Family?" in Johnson.
T Feb 12:
Queer narrative: activism: Maguire
Th Feb 14:
Maguire & ILGO video
T Feb 19:
\Queer theory: Jagose, 71-132; "Introduction," Corber et al.;
"Introduction"; Johnson et al.; Cohen, "Punks, Bulldaggers, and Welfare Queens: The
Radical Potential of Queer Politics?", in Johnson.
Th Feb 21:
Queer v normal: Warner, The Trouble With Normal
Article choice due.
T Feb 26:
Warner, The Trouble With Normal
Th Feb 28:
Queer counterpublics: Warner, Publics and Counterpublics
T Mar 4:
Warner, Publics and Counterpublics
Reminder: have you posted at least twice to Blackboard?
Mar 6: Warner, Publics and Counterpublics
Article summary due.
T Mar 11: Queer narrative: art: Bechdel, Fun Home
Th Mar 13: Bechdel, Fun Home
T Mar 25:
Queering gender, genderqueer: Butler, "Imitation and Gender
Insubordination"; Garber, "Spare Parts"; in Abelove.
proposal and bibliography due.
Th Mar 27: Chase, "Hermaphrodites with Attitude."
Apr 1: ; Hale, "Leatherdyke Boys and Their Daddies"; in Corber. Case,
"Toward a Butch-Femme Aesthetic," in Abelove.
Th Apr 3: Wilchins, "A Certain Kind of Freedom," in Nestle et al. Queer narrative: genderqueer: Nestle, 67-129
T Apr 8: Nestle
Paper proposals and
Th Apr 10: Nestle, finish
T Apr 15: Nestle, finish
Th Apr 17: no class
T Apr 22: Halberstam
Th Apr 24: no class
Reminder: have you done your minimum number of Blackboard posts?
T Apr 29: Halberstam
Th May 1: Halberstam
Paper rough drafts
M May 5: Paris is Burning
May 6: Discussion of PiB
Th May 8: TBA
Last day of class. Evaluations
Paper final drafts due on
the day of the final exam.