WMST 489. LGBT WRITERS: THEIR LIVES AND THEIR WORKS. 5 Credits.
Cross-listed: ENGL 489.
Pre-requisites: ENGL 270 or HUMN 101 or WMST 101 or HUMN 310 or WMST 310 or HUMN 410 or WMST 410.
This course examines the lives and works of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) writers as well as the historical and social contexts of their writing. Genres may include LGBT fiction, nonfiction, auto-ethnography, letters, diaries, film, critical accounts of authors’ work, social networks and other artifacts. The readings focus on the lived experiences of the writers and their characters while 1. identifying “relevant gaps” within the traditional literary canon, 2. questioning “existing modes;” 3. examining “connections among societal structures such as gender, race, class, age, and sexuality that contribute to (LGBT) oppression” and 4. connecting theory to practice.