Reading Schedule

COURSE READINGS:

Books (available at U of M Bookstore)
Halberstam, Judith. The Queer Art of Failure
Bornstein, Kate and S. Bear Bergman. Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation

Articles (available through moodle and/or through Paradigm copies*)
To access moodle, go to myU. Then click on My Courses. Click on the moodle link for our course (GWSS 4403 or GLBT 4403).
*If desired, readings may also be available in a course reader through Paradigm copies. We will discuss this possibility on the first day of class.

COURSE SCHEDULE (subject to change)

SEPTEMBER

6        Introductions to course and each other

8        Blog Cluster: Queering DML


Readings:



Begin class in Rachel Raimist Feminist Media Center (FORD 468)

13       Queer/ing Blogging

Readings:

15      Contingent Belongings

Readings:

  • Handhardt, Christina B. "Butterflies, Whistles, and Fists: Gay Safe Streets Patrols and the New Gay Ghetto, 1976-1981" (moodle)
  • Handhard, Christina B. "Gay Mean Street"

CONFERENCE: Contingent Belongings: Queer Reflections on Race, Space and the State
Friday, 9/16-Saturday, 9/17. See more here: http://contingentbelongings.wordpress.com
Earn extra credit by attending and posting your thoughts and/or live-tweeting!

INTRODUCTION: What is queering?

20      What is queer/ing pedagogy?

Readings:

  • Luhmann, Susanne. "Queering/querying pedagogy" (moodle)

22      What is queering theory, part 1?

Readings:

  • Smith, Cherry. "What is This Thing Called Queer?" (moodle)
  • Berlant, Lauren and Elizabeth Freeman. "From 'Queer Nationality" (moodle)
  • Sullivan, Nikki. "Queer: A Matter of Being or Doing?" (moodle)

27      What is queering theory, part 2?

Readings:

  • Johnson, E. Patrick. "'Quare' Studies, Or (Almost) Everything I Know About Queer Studies I Learned From My Grandmother" (moodle)
  • Lee, Wenshu. "Kuaering Queer Theory: My Autocritography and a Race-Conscious, Womanist, Transnational Turn" (moodle)
29         What is queering theory, part 3?

Readings:

  • Smith, Andrea. "Queer Theory and Native Studies: The Heternormativity of Settler Colonialism" (moodle)

OCTOBER

INTRODUCTION: Who is Judith Butler?

4        ...as a Person

Readings:



FILM: clips from Judith Butler: Philosophical Encounters of the Third Kind and Examined Life

6     ...as a Difficult Writer

Readings:

  • Butler, Judith. "A Bad Writer Writes Back
  • Butler, Judith. "Value of Difficulty" (moodle)
  • Interview with Judith Butler. "Changing the Subject" (moodle)

11     ...as a Queer Theorist

Readings:

13     ...as a troublemaker

Readings:



PRESENTATION ON HOMONATIONALISM extra reading: Puar, Jasbir. "Mapping U.S. Homonormativities"

QUEERING THROUGH/BESIDE/AGAINST BUTLER: Some Key Terms

18       GENDER

Readings:

  • Butler, Judith. "Chapter 1: Subjects of Sex/Gender/Desire" (moodle)

PRESENTATION ON GENDER extra reading: Valentine, David. "1% on the Burn Chart"

20       NO CLASS: CATCH-UP ON BLOG

25       ABJECT

Readings:

27       Midterm Check-in

NOVEMBER

1        RESISTING as PARODY/RESIGNIFICATION

Readings:

3        RESISTING as DIS-sing: Disidentification and Disavowal

Readings:

  • Muñoz, José Esteban. "Introduction: Performing Disidentification" in Disidentifications: queers of color and the performance of Politics (moodle)

PRESENTATION ON RESISTING/REJECTING extra reading: Selections from That's Revolting

8         IN-BETWEEN/BESIDE

Readings:

  • Butler, Judith. "Beside Oneself" (moodle) skim all, focus on definition of beside on page 20
  • Anzaldúa, Gloria. "now let us shift...the path of cono- cimiento...inner work, public acts" (moodle) skim all, focus on #2 nepantla, on 547-549

PRESENTATION ON LIMINALITY extra reading: Lugones, Maria. Excerpt from Pilgramages/Peregrinajes

10        KINSHIP

Readings:

  • Butler, Judith. "Is Kinship Always Already Heterosexual"
  • Warner, Michael. "Normal and Normaller" CUT
  • Thompson, Richard Ford. "What's queer about race"
  • Cohen, Cathy. Excerpt from "Punks, Bulldaggers, and Welfare Queens" skim all, focus on marriage section starting on page 37

PRESENTATION ON KINSHIP
extra reading: http://fckh8.com and http://www.minnesotansunitedforallfamilies.com/

15/17    Another Judith...Halberstam

Readings:

  • Halberstam, Judith. The Queer Art of Failure

PRESENTATION ON FAILURE on November 17

extra reading: Muñoz, Jose Esteban. "The Virtuosity of Failure"

22/24    NO CLASS: THANKSGIVING

29         TROUBLE: Being(s) in Trouble?

Readings:

PRESENTATION ON BODIES/MATERIAL EXPERIENCE extra reading: Namaste, Vivian. Excerpt from Invisible Lives

DECEMBER

1/6      TROUBLE: Making Trouble

Readings:

  • Bornstein, Kate and S. Bear Bergman. Selections from Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation

PRESENTATION ON YOUTH ON 12/1 extra reading: District 202 and put this on the map
PRESENTATION ON SURVIVING/THRIVING ON 12/6 extra reading: various sources on "It Gets Better"

8        Wrap-up and class presentations

13      Wrap-up and class presentations

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