Course Readings


  • August 24: Course Introduction
  • August 26: Introduction to Identity–Gender and Sexuality
  • August 28: Introduction to Queer Theory


Lesbian Feminism

Intersections of Gender and Race

Native Conceptions of Gender

Queer Critiques and Gender Performativity




The Sexual Revolution and Gay Liberation

The History of Sexuality

History Told

  • October 13: Walt Whitman, the “Calamus” cluster from Leaves of Grass
  • October 16: Willa Cather, “Paul’s Case: A Study in Temperament”
  • October 19: Djuna Barnes, Ladies Almanack
  • October 21: Djuna Barnes, Ladies Almanack
  • October 23: George Chauncey, Introduction, from Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World 1890-1940
  • October 26: Cabaret, dir. Bob Fosse (On Reserve in Library, Angel, or Amazon)

Comics in the History of LGBTQ Social Movements

Queer Sex Cultures



  • November 13: Pink Flamingos, dir. John Waters (On Reserve in Library or Angel)


Queer / Rural / Southern

Indie Music

Thanksgiving Break: November 23-27

Indie Film

  • November 30: J’ai tué ma mère (I Killed My Mother), dir. Xavier Dolan (Netflix or Amazon)

Poetry and Prose: Protest and Pleasure

The Internet

Young Voices; New Fiction

  • December 7: Chinelo Okparanta, “America”, from Happiness, Like Water

Queer Hip-Hop, Rap, and R&B

Course Wrap-Up

  • December 11: Course Wrap-Up