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Undergraduate Course: Queering Fictions in the Twentieth Century (ENLI10326)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaEnglish Literature Other subject areaNone
Course website Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course explores the multifaceted representations of sexual identity in twentieth century fiction. It engages with the historical and social construction of homosexuality and investigates the emergence of gay, lesbian, transgender and queer identities in Western culture. We will focus on the theorising of homosexual identity from the perspectives of Freud and the sexologists of the early twentieth century, the gay and lesbian civil rights movements of the 1970s, the impact of HIV and AIDS, and the emergence of queer theory in the 1990s. In our survey of this literature we will focus on how the literary texts engage with political, sociological and philosophical ideas and discourses and so each novel will be read in parallel with key critical texts of the period.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: ( English Literature 1 (ENLI08001) OR Scottish Literature 1 (ENLI08016)) AND ( English Literature 2 (ENLI08003) OR Scottish Literature 2 (ENLI08004))
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Purchase of Primary Texts
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  30
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Class Delivery Information one hour(s) per week for 10 week(s): attendance for one hour a week at Autonomous Learning Group - times to be arranged.
Course Start Date 13/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 75 %, Coursework 25 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
Students will gain a knowledge of the representation and theorisation of sexuality and identity in the twentieth century, as well as of critical theoretical perspectives in the field of literature studies and beyond. The course will provide tools of cultural investigation which will stimulate and enable students in their understanding and analysis of contemporary culture beyond the remit of the course.
Assessment Information
one Course Essay of c. 2,500 words (25%);

one take-home Examination Essay of c. 3,000 words (75%)
Special Arrangements
Numbers are limited, with priority given to students taking degrees involving English or Scottish Literature and Visiting Students placed by the Admissions Office. Students not in these categories need the written approval of the Head of English Literature before enrolling.
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered

Week 1 Introduction: Theorising sexualities
Week 2 Radclyffe Hall, The Well of Loneliness (1928)
Virginia Woolf, Orlando (1928)
Week 3 Gay and Lesbian Pulp Fiction of the 1950s
Week 4 James Baldwin, Giovanni's Room (1956)
Week 5 Angela Carter, The Passion of the New Eve (1977)
Week 6 Audre Lorde, Zami: A New Spelling of My Name (1982)
Week 7 Edmund White, A Boy's Own Story (1982)
Week 8 Essay Completion Week
Week 9 Colm Tóibín, The Blackwater Lightship (1999)
Week 10 Jeanette Winterson, Written on the Body (1992)
Week 11 Sarah Waters, Tipping the Velvet (1997)
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list PRIMARY TEXTS

Radclyffe Hall, The Well of Loneliness (1928)
Virginia Woolf, Orlando (1928)
Katherine V Forrest, Lesbian Pulp Fiction (2005)
Ann Bannon, I Am A Woman (1959)
Michael Bronski, Pulp Friction (2002)
James Baldwin, Giovanni's Room (1956)
Angela Carter, The Passion of the New Eve (1977)
Audre Lorde, Zami: A New Spelling of My Name (1982)
Edmund White, A Boy's Own Story (1982)
Colm Toibin, The Blackwater Lightship (1999)
Jeanette Winterson, Written on the Body (1992)
Sarah Waters, Tipping the Velvet (1997)


Henry Abelove, Michele Aina Barale, and David M. Halperin, The Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader (1993)
Lillian Faderman, Surpassing the Love of Men: Romantic Friendship and Love Between Women from the Renaissance to the Present (1985)
Judith Butler, Gender Trouble (1990)
Judith Butler, Bodies that Matter (1993)
Susan Stryker, Queer Pulp (2001)
Terry Castle, The Apparitional Lesbian (1993)
Paul Hammond, Love Between Men in English Literature (1996)
Karla Jay and Joanne Glasgow (eds), Lesbian Texts and Contexts (1990)
Susan J Wolfe and Julia Penelope (eds), Sexual Practice, Textual Theory: Lesbian Cultural Criticism (1993)
Sally Munt (ed.), New Lesbian Criticism (1992)
Joseph Bristow, Sexuality (1997)
Jeffrey Weeks, Sexuality and its Discontents (1985)
Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Epistemology of the Closet (1990)
Annamarie Jagose, Queer Theory: An Introduction 1997)
Donald E Hall, Queer Theories (2002)
Michel Foucault, The History of Sexuality: The Will to Knowledge Vol 1 (1978)
Judith Hablberstam, Female Masculinity (1998)
Greg Woods, A History of Gay Literature: The Male Tradition (1999)
Jonathan Dollimore, Sexual Dissidence: Augustine to Wilde, Freud to
Foucault (1991)
Alan Sinfield, Gay and After (1998)
Diana Fuss, Inside/Out: Lesbian Theories, Gay Theories (1991)
Lee Edelman, Homographesis: Essays in Gay Literary and Cultural Theory (1994)
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
Keywordsqueer fiction sexuality identity homosexuality lesbian gay
Course organiserDr Carole Jones
Tel: (0131 6)50 3068
Course secretaryMs Sheila Strathdee
Tel: (0131 6)50 3619
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