UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK Proposal Form for New or Revised Modules (MA1 - version 7 - April 2014)
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Date of Introduction/Change
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1. Module Code (if known)
2. Module Title
Queering the Literary Landscape: LGBTQ+ Literature and Culture in the Contemporary World
3a. Lead department:
English and Comparative Literary Studies
3b. Teaching Split (if known):
4. Name of module leader
UG: Level 4 (Certificate) Level 5 (Intermediate)
Level 6 (Honours)
PG: Level 7 (Masters) Level 8 (Doctoral)
See Guidance Notes for relationship to years of study
6. Credit value(s) (CATS)
7. Principal Module Aims
This module complements the 15-CAT module “EN372: Queer and There: Queer Theory and the History of Sexuality in the Global Context.” It aims to familiarise students with a range of literature by LGBTQ+ writers, filmmakers, and artists, largely from the Anglophone world. Through critical and theoretical readings, students will learn about the history of queer representation in the 20th and 21st centuries. Among the topics we will cover are: the reclaiming of the gay and lesbian past, the effect of obscenity trials on queer expression, narrating the AIDS crisis, homosociality, queer reading practices, the development of the LGBT canon, intersectionality (with critical methodologies surrounding race, gender, imperialism, and historical and anthropological approaches), and remediation. We will also look at debates around introducing queer identities to children through literary texts. A particular focus will be on fiction and the novel as forms that have a particular (though not necessarily privileged) relationship to questions of queer interiority and the narration of same-sex acts and identities.
8. Principal Learning Outcomes
Students will leave the module with sharpened skills in critical thinking; in using historical and theoretical materials in literary criticism; and in understanding sexuality and gender as one constitutive way of analysing the contemporary world and literary and cultural texts. They will gain familiarity with new methodologies and regimes of knowledge, as well as new ways to apply these insights to the study of world literature and culture.
9. Timetabled Teaching Activities (summary)
Nine 1.5-hour seminars
10. Departmental Web-link
11. Other essential notes
There will be opportunities for field trips related to the course content.
12. Assessment methods (summary)
100% assessed. One 3,500-word essay (70%), one revision to a Wikipedia entry relating to the course material (10%), and one 1,000-word short response to course material (20%).
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External Credit Level
13. Please list all departments involved in the teaching of this module. If taught by more than one department, please indicate percentage split.
(please describe): e.g. distance-learning, intensive weekend teaching etc.
18. Assessment Method (Standard)
Type of assessment
3,500-word end-of-term essay
1,000-word short essay
Revision to Wikipedia entry relating to course themes
18a. Final chronological assessment(please see guidance)
A short essay based on one of the readings in the first half of the module, accounting for 20% of the module mark; a revision to a Wikipedia entry relating to the course themes accounting for 10% of the module mark; and an essay accounting for 70% of the module mark
Week 1: Introduction. How to Study the Literature of Homosexuality.
Week 2: The History of Queer Expression 1: Mädchen in Uniform and Radclyffe Hall’s The Well of Loneliness
Week 3: The History of Queer Expression 2: Basil Dearden’s Victim and Rodney Garland’s The Heart in Exile
Week 4: The History of Queer Expression 3: James Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room and Jean Genet’s Un Chant d’Amour
Week 5: Backward Glances: Sarah Waters’s Fingersmith and Park Chan Wook’s The Handmaiden
Week 6: Reading Week
Week 7: Queer Culture in Britain 1: Jackie Kay’s Trumpet
Week 8: Queer Culture in Britain 2: Allan Hollinghurst’s The Swimming Pool Library OR Colm Toibin’s The Story of the Night
Week 9: Queer Culture in Southern Africa 1: K. Selo Duiker’s Thirteen Cents
Week 10: Queer Culture in Southern Africa 2: Tatamkhulu Africa’s Bitter Eden
21. Illustrative Bibliography
Indicative Primary literary and cultural texts Afrika, Tatamkhulu. Bitter Eden. 2002. Picador, 2015.
Atkinson, CJ. Can I Tell You About Sexual Diversity? Jessica Kingsley, 2016.
Baldwin, James. Giovanni’s Room. 1956. Everyman, 2016.
Dearden, Basil, dir. Victim. 1961.
Duiker, K. Selo. Thirteen Cents. Ohio University Press, 2013.
Garland, Rodney. The Heart in Exile. 1953. Valancourt, 2014.
Genet, Jean, dir. Un Chant d’amour. 1950.
Greenwell, Gareth. What Belongs to You. Picador, 2016.
Hall, Radclyffe. The Well of Loneliness. 1928. Wordsworth, 2014.
Hollinghurst, Alan. The Swimming Pool Library. 1998. Vintage Classics, 2014.
Kay, Jackie. Trumpet. 1998. Picador Classic, 2016.
Mootoo, Shani. Cereus Blooms at Night. Granta, 1999.
Park, Chan-wook, dir. The Handmaiden. 2015.
Sagan, Leontine. Mädchen in Uniform. 1931.
Satyal, Rakesh. Blue Boy. Kensington Publishing, 2010.
Toibin, Colm. The Story of the Night. 1997. Picador, 2008.
Waters, Sarah. Fingersmith. 2002. Virago, 2012.
Winterson, Jeanette. Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit. Vintage, 1991.
Yanigahara, Hanya. A Little Life. Picador, 2016.
Indicative critical and theoretical materials: Boone, Joseph. The Homoerotics of Orientalism. Columbia UP, 2014.
Butler, Judith. Bodies That Matter. Routledge, 1993.
Castle, Terry. The Apparitional Lesbian: Female Homosexuality and Modern Culture. Columbia UP, 1995.
Chen, Mel Y. Animacies: Biopolitics, Racial Mattering, and Queer Affect. Duke UP, 2012.
Doan, Laura. Sapphic Modernities: Sexuality, Women and National Culture. Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.
Defiant Desire: Gay and Lesbian Lives in South Africa. Ed. Mark Gevisser and Edwin Cameron. Ravan Press, 1994.
Foucault, Michel. The History of Sexuality: The Will to Know. 1977. Penguin 2008.
Eng, David. The Feeling of Kinship: Queer Liberalism and the Racialization of Intimacy. Durham: Duke UP, 2010.
Halberstam, Jack [formerly Judith]. Female Masculinity. Duke UP, 1998.
Halperin, David, and Valerie Traub. Gay Shame. U of Chicago P, 2010.
Hall, Donald, and Annamarie Jagose, ed. The Routledge Queer Studies Reader. Routledge, 2012.
Hoad, Neville. African Intimacies. U of Minnesota P, 2006.
Lim, Eng-Beng. Brown Boys and Rice Queens: Spellbinding Performances in the Asias. New York UP, 2014.
Marcus, Sharon. Between Women: Friendship, Desire, and Marriage in Victorian England. Princeton UP, 2007.
--. “Queer Theory for Everyone.” Signs 31.1 (2005): 191-218.
Menon, Madhavi. Shakesqueer: A Queer Companion to The Complete Works of Shakespeare. Duke UP, 2010.
Nguyen, Tan Hoang. A View from the Bottom: Asian American Masculinity and Sexual Representation. Duke UP, 2014.
Ross, Oliver. Same-sex Desire in Indian Culture: Representations in Literature and Film, 1970-2016. Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
Sedgwick, Eve Kosofsky. Novel Gazing: Queer Readings in Fiction. Duke UP, 1997.
Traub, Valerie. “The New Unhistoricism in Queer Studies.” PMLA 128.1 (2015): 21-39.
22. Learning outcomes
Successful completion of the module leads to the learning outcomes. The learning outcomes identify the knowledge, skills and attributes developed by the module. Learning Outcomes should be presented in the format ”By the end of the module students should be able to...” using the table at the end of the module approval form:
23. List any additional requirements and indicate the outcome of any discussions about these.
24. Module leader’s signature
Ross G. Forman
25. Date of approval
26. Name of Approving Committee (include minute reference if applicable)
27. Chair of Committee’s signature
28. Head of Department(s) signature
A1. Name of examiner (if different from module leader)