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Course description

1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 What is at stake when we sit down to create scholarly work? Who are we writing for, and why? What responsibilities do we have to publics outside of the academy, and what commitments do we honor other than our own career trajectories? How can our understandings of our role in knowledge production be transformed when we take seriously the uneven distributions of power by race, class, nation, gender, disability?

This seminar will explore these questions and more by reading recent work at the borders of critical theory, social justice, memoir, and fiction. We will focus particularly on the “affective turn” in cultural studies and on the intersections of queer studies, feminism, and critical race analysis, but students will work with with objects of their choice in order to think about the impact of this kind of theory on their own projects-in-process. Through experimentation and workshops in scholarly writing, students will produce work that engages a variety of voices and audiences.

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 Required texts:
Sarah Ahmed, The Promise of Happiness. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2010.
Allison Bechdel, Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama. New York, NY: Houghton Mifflin, 2012.
Anne Cvetkovich, Depression: A Public Feeling. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2012.
Avery Gordon, Ghostly Matters: Haunting and the Sociological Imagination. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 1997.
Judith Halberstam, The Queer Art of Failure. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2011.
Saidiya Hartman, Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route. New York, NY: Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux, 2007.
Eve Sedgwick, Touching Feeling: Affect, Pedagogy, Performativity. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2003.

4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 Additional readings will be available from a shared dropbox folder. Access it here; email me if you are having trouble accessing (or if you are not in the course but would like to do the readings!)

Source: http://985archive.queergeektheory.org/