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Ethnic Studies 156
Contemporary Queer Writers of Color

This course focuses on works written by contemporary queer writers of color. We will consider the ways in which self-identified queer authors define this term, and determine how their definitions affect their writing. How does the term queer “signify identity and ideological nonconformity”? Reading fiction, theory, and literary criticism, we will place these texts in a framework that attends to the intersections between race, gender, class, and sexuality. We will attend to what Gloria Anzaldúa calls, “colored queer rites of passage” that occur in the texts, and work to understand how writers and narrators invent ways of telling stories that express the complexities of queer realities.

Required Text
James Baldwin, Giovanni's Room
R. Zamora Linmark, Leche
Audre Lorde, Zami
Achy Obejas, We Came All the Way from Cuba So You Could Dress Like This?*
Justin TorresWe the Animals
Craig Womack Drowning in Fire
Devon Carbado, Dwight McBride, and Donald Weise, Ed.Black Like Us
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Course Requirements
Two 8-10 page essays: 50%
Presentations, participation: 15%
Assignments: 15%
Final: 20%
*more than 3 absences will lower your grade

Please note:
The Department of Ethnic Studies takes plagiarism very seriously. Any work that includes plagiarized material will receive an F grade. Additional consequences include receiving a failing grade for the entire course and being reported to college authorities. If you have any questions about how to cite secondary material, including internet resources, please ask your professor.

If you think you may have a disability or health issue that affects your learning abilities, please contact Services for Students with Disabilities at 430-2264. Please make sure to contact SSD as soon as possible in order to arrange for any necessary accommodations.

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Last Updated: 6/22/17