Fall 2011 Courses

201. Gay and Lesbian Studies
Guy Foster M 11:30 - 12:55, W 11:30 - 12:55
An introduction to the materials, major themes, and defining methodologies of gay and lesbian studies. Considers in detail both the most visible contemporary dilemmas involving homosexuality (queer presence in pop culture, civil rights legislation, gay-bashing, AIDS, identity politics) as well as the great variety of interpretive approaches these dilemmas have, in recent years, summoned into being. Such approaches borrow from the scholarly practices of literary and artistic exegesis, history, political science, feminist theory, and psychoanalysis—to name only a few. An abiding concern over the semester is to discover how a discipline so variously influenced conceives of and maintains its own intellectual borders. Course materials include scholarly essays, journalism, films, novels, and a number of lectures by visiting faculty.
231. A History of the Global AIDS Epidemic
Tristan Cabello M 2:30 - 3:55, W 2:30 - 3:55
An interdisciplinary exploration of the political, cultural, and social dimensions that characterize the experience of the HIV/AIDS crisis. Focusing on several geographic locations from the United States, to Haiti, to Europe, to South Africa, considers AIDS as a global pandemic. How did activists address political (in)action? How did cultural representations of AIDS evolve? How, and to what extent, have social constructions about AIDS changed over the last three decades? Course materials include sociological, historical, and cultural analyses; media articles; visual texts; and fiction. Topics explored include: Naming AIDS, the making of safe sex, “The Gay Disease,” The San Francisco bathhouses, the AIDS business, AIDS in urban Black American communities, HAART (Anti-Retroviral Therapy), Activism and Politics, the Bareback Culture, ACT-UP, AIDS in Africa, Thatcher's AIDS Politics, the generic HAART business in India, and the AIDS literary tradition.
236. Romantic Sexualities
David Collings T 1:00 - 2:25, TH 1:00 - 2:25
Investigates constructions of sexuality in English romantic writing. Examines tales of seduction by supernatural or demonic figures; the sexualized world of the Gothic; the Byronic hero; the yearning for an eroticized muse or goddess; and same-sex desire in travel writing, orientalist fantasy, diary, and realist fiction. Discusses the place of such writing in the history of sexuality, repression, the unconscious, and the sublime. Authors may include Austen, Byron, Coleridge, Keats, Lister, Mary Shelley, Percy Shelley, and Wollstonecraft, alongside secondary, theoretical, and historical works.
330. Cultural Production During the Cold War
Celeste Goodridge W 1:00 - 3:55
Considers the culture, values and ideologies of post-war America. Through close analysis of literary texts and a consideration of the culture broadly we will consider how these texts both reflect and sometimes subvert the dominant ideologies of cold war America. Authors will include Truman Capote, Salinger, Plath, Patricia Highsmith, Baldwin, Tennessee Williams and Mary McCarthy. Allso considers representations of the period in Life magazine.