Fall 2015

WGS 586: Black Affect

Bradley; W 2:00-5:00

What kinds of affects do revolutionary thought and action, performance and artistic improvisation compel and demand?  In this course we will engage in the study and collective exploration of minor and minoritarian affects, feelings and emotions: boredom, backwardness, blackness, envy, irritation, anger, rage, animatedness, stuplimity, ecstasy. Authors include: Lauren Berlant, Heather Love, Sianne Ngai, Fred Moten, Jose Munoz, Lee Edelman, Eve Sedgwick, Saidiya Hartman, Frank Wilderson, James Baldwin, Ralph Ellison, Eldridge Cleaver, Amiria Baraka, George Jackson, Kant, Marx, Lacan, Nietzsche, Freud. 

WGS 587: Feminist and Queer Ethnographies

Hackman; M 1:00-4:00

In Feminist and Queer Ethnographies we will address how feminist and queer theories, activism, and politics affect and alter ethnographic projects, methods, and writing. We will read contemporary ethnographies that address questions of representation, affect, intersectionality, positionality, globalization, desires, and community. We will put feminist and queer theories in conversation with each other to see where and why they converge and digress and how that impacts the ways the anthropological project plays out. 

WGS 752: Queer Theory

Moon; Th 2:00-5:00

We will explore various connections, departures, and revisions between early queer theory and current work in the field, emphasizing the dynamics of identification and disidentification; relations of embodiment(s) to materialism(s); questions of history, temporality, and futurity; the politics and aesthetics of the antisocial thesis; sexualities and the archives; and the significance of Black Queer Studies and the study of settler colonialism for ongoing rethinkings of queer theory today.

Readings will be chosen from among the following: 

1. Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider.  Crossing Press, ASIN: B006L7RCEI

2. Kathryn Bond Stockton, Beautiful Bottom, Beautiful Shame.  Duke Univ Press, ISBN-10  0822337966

3. Darrieck Scott, Extravagant Abjection.  NYU Press, ISBN 0814740952

4. Lauren Berlant and Lee Edelman, Sex, or the Unbearable.  Duke Univ Press, 0822355946

(Other readings will be assigned -- they will be journal articles available through the library.)