This course is what the title promises: an introduction to LGBT literature. Our focus will be on the American tradition, beginning with the historical question of when identifiably LGBT literature emerges. Moving into contemporary culture, we will ask questions concerning the relationship of gay identity to gay writing: must one be gay to write gay? What counts as “GLBT” literature? Is it gay content, gay authorship, gay sensibility, or something else? How does “queer” fit into or disrupt defined categories of GLBT identity and literature? Readings will include a range of genres, including fiction, poetry, drama, and essays, and works by Walt Whitman, Allen Ginsberg, James Baldwin, Ann Bannon, Leslie Feinberg, and Kathy Acker, among others.
Equivalent - Duplicate Degree Credit Not Granted: LGBT 2707
Requisites: Restricted to students with 27-180 credits (Sophomores, Juniors or Seniors) only.
Additional Information: Arts Sci Gen Ed: Distribution-Arts Humanities
Departmental Category: Multicultural and Gender Studies
Taught by Mary Klages.