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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures : English Literature

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

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis 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
Course description 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)
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  6
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 4000 Word Essay (100%)
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Gain 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.
  2. 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.
Reading List

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)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements Jointly taught with UG ENLI10326
Course organiserDr Carole Jones
Tel: (0131 6)50 3068
Course secretaryMiss Kara Mccormack
Tel: (0131 6)50 3030
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