Queer Intimacies Around the World (Syllabus)Spring 2022
This first year writing seminar cultivates responses to queer intimacies which have been written about, painted, performed on film, and photographed around the world. Students will read “texts” in myriad modes to refine techniques of observation, analysis and composition, to learn the architectures of varied genres of critical writing, and to develop adaptability to various rhetorical contingencies. Assignments will include a curatorial essay, a comparative film review, an abstract for a journal article, and a literary analysis. Materials that students will engage with include a compilation of queer paintings by Sola Olulode, Uttam Chitrakar, Louis Fratino, Cao Xue, Salman Toor, et al; scholarship by Rita Felski, Gayatri Gopinath, J. Jack Halberstam, Madhavi Menon, Alka Pande, Somdatta Mandal, Harshita Mruthinti Kamath, Anuradha Ghosh, Lawrence W. Preston, Vinay Lal; academic reviews by Darryl B. Hill and Rachel Adams; documentaries directed by Naveen Kishore (Performing the Goddess, 1999), and Alexandra Shiva, Sean MacDonald, and Michelle Gucovsky (Bombay Eunuch, 2001); public writing by Durga Chew Bose, Ambika Trasi, Hilton Als, and Namwali Serpell; and Chinelo Okparanta’s novel, Under the Udala Trees (2015).
ENGRD 101, Section 3