HS Queer(ing) Narratives: Race, Gender and Sexuality in America



Zeit/Ort n.V.:

  • Mi 14:15-15:45, Raum C 303

Voraussetzungen / Organisatorisches

Das HS Culture kann wie folgt verwendet werden:

• BA English and American Studies (neu): "Hauptmodul A Culture" mit begleitender Independent Study Group (Zulassungsvoraussetzung: Zwischenmodul II)

• BA American Studies: "Hauptmodul A Literature/Culture" mit begleitender Independent Study Group (Zulassungsvoraussetzung: Zwischenmodul II)

• MA North American Studies - Culture and Literature: Mastermodul 4,7

• MA The Americas / Las Américas: Modul 3b,4

• MA English Studies: "Freie Ergänzungsstudien/Wild Card": Wie Aufbaumodul, mit begleitendem Kurs


This seminar engages with queer theory as well as ways of queering dominant narratives and visual representations in an American context. We will examine how the racialized and sexualized body is represented and regulated in dominant discourses and images, and how queer of color and transfeminist strategies of resistance complicate and challenge such normative forms of narration and representation. Our theoretical readings will begin (but certainly not end) with Judith Butler’s notion of gender performativity, and include texts by Anna Cheng on racial melancholy, bell hooks on black female spectatorship, Patricia Hill Collins on black sexual politics, José Muñoz on disidentification, and Jasbir Puar on homonationalism. We will bring these theories to bear on a range of contemporary literary texts, films and images that address the intersections of race, gender and sexuality.

Empfohlene Literatur

All readings and visual material will be circulated electronically.