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Postgraduate Course: Queering Fictions in the Twentieth Century (ENLI11143)

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 11 (Postgraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaEnglish Literature Other subject areaNone
Course website None 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.

*This course is taught jointly with undergraduate students and consequently postgraduate places are limited
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  8
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 14/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Please contact the School directly for a breakdown of Learning and Teaching Activities
Additional Notes
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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
4000 Word Essay (100%)
Special Arrangements
PG Version
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus 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
Course organiserDr Carole Jones
Tel: (0131 6)50 3068
Course secretaryMr Gordon Littlejohn
Tel: (0131 6)51 3988
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