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Travis J Sands
ENGL 440
Seattle Campus

Special Studies in Literature

Themes and topics offering special approaches to literature.

Class description

Queer Studies and the Cultures of Neoliberalism: This course will explore the relationship between queer sexualities and neoliberal political economy. Organized as a capstone seminar, this course is designed for students who have some familiarity with queer critical methodologies, and who are looking to continue to elaborate their critical interests in queer cultural and political life. Topics will include: racialization, citizenship, migration and diaspora, HIV/AIDS, transgender critique, globalization, multiculturalism, affect and feeling, medicalization, finance and risk, war and terror.

While I am still finalizing the syllabus, required texts will likely include novels by Han Ong, Sapphire, and Rabih Alameddine, films by Todd Haynes and Gregg Araki, Foucault’s History of Sexuality, and a sizable course packet on e-reserves.

Student grades will be based on participation, several short summaries of the critical material, and a final 8-10 page paper.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Travis J Sands
Date: 02/14/2010