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Subversion & Perversion: Queer Critique

Semester and Year FA 2016
Course Number IDSEM-UG1879
Section 001
Instructor A.B. Huber
Days T
Time 3:30 PM - 6:10 PM
Units 4
Level U
Foundation Requirement   HUM

Notes/Restrictions

Same as COLIT-UA 852.

Description

This seminar introduces students to queer critique, with ‘queer’ meant to invoke ways of being and thinking together that embrace dissident and diverse genders and sexualities. The work of ‘critique’ will also need introduction. The seminar will rely on critique as a practice or an ethos that questions the given order of things, and this in contrast to an understanding of theory or criticism as the exposure of error, or a diffident and distant form of fault finding. We will find instead that critique puts us and our desires very vividly, sometimes perilously, at stake. Over the course of the semester we will study Foucault, Butler, Moten, and others, attending particularly to their accounts of power, in order that we might better comprehend how power can both produce and constrain us, differentiate and mobilize us. We will also read widely from the recent and politically urgent work of queer of color critique (Muñoz, Ferguson, Reddy, and Chen) in order to ask after other and dissident ways of being, doing and thinking in common.

Course Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)