The syllabus below is for 2016/17. Some readings will be updated in Term 3, so please check back for changes.
This module complements the new 15-CATS module "Queering the Literary Landscape." IT WILL RUN IN TERM 2 IN 2017/18.
Module convenor for 2016/17:
Ross Forman (H539)
2016/17 - seminars : Monday 12:30 - 14:00 and 14:00 - 15:30 Room H542 and Thursday 12:00 - 13:30 Room H357 - term 1 only
This module is a Pathway Approved Option for the World and Comparative Literature and Theory Pathways. This module also fulfills the Distributional requirement for the non-English component for the English Literature pathway. It is an Optional module for other pathways.
Module aims: This module aims to familiarise students with current theories of and literary and historical approaches to gender and sexuality, with a particular focus on “non-heteronormativity.” Taking a global approach, it introduces students to the vocabulary of sexual difference in Europe and North America, Asia, and Latin America (including queer, trans, cisgender, asexuality, bakla, and kathoey) through critical and literary readings. [That said, the geographical scope of the module is necessarily selective, since we only have 10 weeks!] Students will learn about the effect of legal, medical, and moral frameworks on the emergence of forms of sexual identity worldwide and the impact of globalization on local forms of sexuality and sexual practice.
Module 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. 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.
Many of the readings are in the form of articles or book chapters, as listed in the syllabus. (Many are also quite short.) The library will make these available in online form through Talis Aspire. In the interim, most of the articles and some of the book chapters listed are available to read/download through the library's databases. (Full citations can be found in the indicative bibliography below.)
In addition, you should purchase the following literary texts:
R. Raj Rao, The Boyfriend
Monique Truong, The Book of Salt
Week 1: Introduction. Terms, Places, Contexts
- "When Everyone Can Be 'Queer,' Is Anyone?" from New York Times (12 July 2016)
- Eve Sedgwick, "Queer and Now" in Tendencies (1-20)
- Michael Warner, "Queer and Then" from The Chronicle of Higher Education (2012)
- Annemarie Jagose, "Introduction: Orgasm and the Long Twentieth Century," in Orgasmology
- Anjali Arondekar and Geeta Patel, "Area Impossible: Notes towards an Introduction" (GLQ) 151-171.
- Judith Butler, "Critically Queer" in Bodies that Matter, 169-185.
[Ebook available through Encore]
Week 2: Focus on Southern Africa
- Zackie Achmat, "My Childhood as an Adult Molester: A Salt River Moffie" in Gevisser and Cameron, Defiant Desire (325-341)
- Neville Hoad, "Queer Customs against the Law" in Research in African Literatures
- Nkunsi Zandile Nkabine, Black Bull, Ancestors and Me: My Life as a Lesbian Sangoma (Selections: "Life and Death," "Out and About," "The Ancestors Don't Mind")
- Mark Givisser, "Love's Runaways: The Gay Ugandans Forced into Exile" in the Guardian (2016)
- Xavier Livermon, "Queer(y)ing Freedom: Black Queer Visibilities in Postapartheid South Africa" in GLQ
Week 3: Focus on South Asia
- "The Visit": "Lesbian" Advertisement (3 minutes). CLICK HERE to watch "The Visit" on Youtube.
- Ugra (Panday Bechan Sharma), "Chocolate," in Chocolate and Other Writings on Male Homoeroticism, 11-18
- R. Raj Rao, The Boyfriend
- Oliver Ross, "Communal Tensions: Homosexuality in Raj Rao's The Boyfriend and Neel Mukherjee's A Life Apart" in Same-sex Desire in Indian Culture, 107-132
- Alok Gupta, "Englishpur ki Kothi," in Because I Have a Voice: Queer Politics in India
- Jyoti Puri, "Engendering Social Problems, Exposing Sexuality's Effects on Biopolitical States" in Sexual States 24-48.
- Images from Dayanita Singh's Myself Mona Ahmed.
- Deepa Mehta's film Fire (available on DVD from the library)
Week 4: Focus on Southeast Asia/Singapore
- Alfian Sa'at, from The Asian Boys Trilogy
- Eng-Beng Lim,"The Global Asian Queer Boys of Singapore" in Brown Boys and Rice Queen (91-136)
- Evelyn Blackwood, "The Contentious Category of Lesbian: Butch, Femme and Andro from the New Order to Reformasi Era Indonesia" in Sex and Sexualities in Contemporary Indonesia
- Peter A. Jackson, " Capitalism, LGBT Activism, and Queer Autonomy in Thailand," in Queer Bangkok
- Dredge Byung'chu Kšng, Kathoey 'In Trend': Emergent Genderscapes, National Anxieties and the Re-Signification of Male-Bodied Effeminacy in Thailand," Asian Studies Review
- Tom Boellstroff, "Against State Straightism: Five Principles for Including LGBT Indonesians" at E-International Relations
The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveiros, dir. Aueraeus Solito.
Week 5: Focus on Global Trans Identities
- Anastassia Walker, "The Word 'Cisgender: An Unlikely Semantic Revolutionary" at huffingtonpost.com (first published 10 July 2016).
- David Valentine, "Imagining Transgender" in Imagining Transgender
- Howard Chiang and Alvin Wong, "Queering the Transnational Turn: Regionalism and Queer Asias"
- Afsaneh Najmabadeh, "Living Patterns, Narrative Styles" in Professing Selves (231-274)
- Judith/Jack Halberstam, "Technotopias: Representing Transgender Bodies in Contemporary Art" in In a Queer Time and Place (97-124)
- Diana Taylor, "We Have Always Been Queer" in GLQ
- PLUS Video of Jesusa Rodriguez and Liliana Felipe's Juana La Larga (Long Juana) (14 minutes). CLICK HERE for the video on Youtube.
Week 6: Reading Week
[No meeting this week.]
Week 7: Sexuality and/in the Diaspora I: Theorizing the South Asian Experience
- FILM: My Beautiful Laundrette, dir. Stephen Frears (1:20 minutes).
YOU CAN WATCH THE FILM ONLINE THROUGH THE LIBRARY DATABASE "BOX OF BROADCASTS."
- Jasbir Puar, "“The Turban Is Not a Hat': Queer Diaspora and Practices of Profiling" in Terrorist Assemblages 166-202
- Gayatri Gopinath, "Communities of Sound: Queering South Asian Popular Music in the Diaspora" in Impossible Desires
- Shani Mootoo, "Lemon Scent" and "Out on Main Street" in the short story collection Out on Main Street
- Rahul K. Gairola, "Capitalist Houses, Queer Homes: National Belonging and Transgressive Erotics in My Beautiful Laundrette" in South Asian Popular Culture
Week 8: Sexuality and/in the Diaspora II: Theorizing the East and Southeast Asian Experience
- Fran Martin, "Transnational Queer Sinophone Cultures" in Routledge Handbook of Sexuality Studies in East Asia
- Emmanuel David, "Outsourced Heroes and Queer Incorporation" in GLQ
- Martin Manalansan, "The 'Stuff' of Archives: Mess, Migration, and Queer Lives" in Radical History Review (2014)
- Celine ParreŮas Shimizu, "Screening Shirtless AZN Men: The Full Frontal Power of Intimate Internet Industries" in positions
- NGUYEN Tan Hoang, "The Resurrection of Brandon Lee" in Porn Studies
- Paper Dolls, dir. Tomer Heymann.
- Audrey Yue, "King Victoria: Asian Drag Kings, Postcolonial Female Masculinity, and Hybrid Sexuality in Australia" in AsiaPacifiqueer.
Week 9: Literature, Sexuality, Diaspora: Monique Truong's The Book of Salt
- Monique Truong, The Book of Salt
- David Eng, "The End(s) of Race" in PMLA
- Deborah Cohler, "Teaching Transnationally: Queer Studies and Imperialist Legacies in Monique Truong's Book of Salt" in Radical Teacher
- Denise Cruz, "Love Is not a Bowl of Quinces" in Eating Asian America
Week 10: Queer and Diaspora Film and New Media
- Soman Chainani, Kali Ma (14 minutes). CLICK HERE to watch the film on Youtube.
- Asifa Lahore, Punjabi Girl (3 minutes). CLICK HERE to watch the video on YouTube.
- Margaret Cho, on her mom on gays (5 minutes). CLICK HERE to watch the video on YouTube.
- Daniel Ribeiro, Eu N„o Quero Voltar Sozinho [I Don't Want to Go Back Alone] (17 minutes). CLICK HERE to watch the film on Vimeo.
- ADDITIONAL SHORTS/TV/VIDEO/NEW MEDIA AS SUGGESTED BY CLASS MEMBERS:
- Michel Beauchemin, Lori Levy & Gretchen Vogel, Two Spirit People (chosen by Shannon Neill) (22 minutes). CLICK HERE to watch the film on Youtube.
Indicative Bibliography and Bibliography of Required Readings
Aggleton, Peter, and Richard Parker. Routledge Handbook of Sexuality, Health and Rights. New York: Routledge, 2010.
Arondekar, Anjali, and Geeta Patel. "Area Impossible: Notes towards an Introduction." GLQ 22.2 (2016): 151-171.
AsiaPacifiQueer: Rethinking Genders and Sexualities. Urbana: U of Illinois P, 2008.
Boellstroff, Tom,. The Gay Archipelago: Sexuality and Nation in Indonesia. Princeton: Princeton UP, 2005.
Boone, Joseph. The Homoerotics of Orientalism. New York: Columbia UP, 2014.
Butler, Judith. Bodies That Matter. New York: Routledge, 1993.
Chen, Mel Y. Animacies: Biopolitics, Racial Mattering, and Queer Affect. Durham: Duke UP, 2012.Chiang, Howard, and Alvin K. Wong. "Queering the Transnational Turn: Regionalism and Queer Asias" Gender, Place & Culture (2016).
Cohler, Deborah. "Teaching Transnationally: Queer Studies and Imperialist Legacies in Monique Truong's Book of Salt." Radical Teacher 82 (2008): 25-31.
Cruz, Denise. "Love Is Not a Bowl of Quinces: Food, Desire, and the Queer Asian Body." Eating Asian America: A Food Studies Reader. Ed. Robert Ku, Ji-Song, Martin F. Manalansan, IV, and Antia Mannur. New York, NY: New York UP, 2013. 354-370.
David, Emmanuel. "Outsourced Heroes and Queer Incorporations: Labor Brokerage and the Politics of Inclusion in the Philippine Call Center Industry." GLQ 22.3 (2016): 381-408.
Defiant Desire: Gay and Lesbian Lives in South Africa. Ed. Mark Gevisser and Edwin Cameron. Bramfontein: Ravan Press, 1994.
Doan, Laura. Disturbing Practices: History, Sexuality, and Women's Experience of Modern War. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013.
Eng, David."The End(s) of Race." PMLA 123.5 (2008): 1479-1493.
--. The Feeling of Kinship: Queer Liberalism and the Racialization of Intimacy. Durham: Duke UP, 2010.
Gairola, Rahul. K. "Capitalist Houses, Queer homes: National Belonging and Transgressive Erotics in My Beautiful Laundrette." South Asian Popular Culture 7.1 (2009): 37-54.
Gopinath, Gayatri. Impossible Desires: Queer Diasporas and South Asian Public Cultures. Durham: Duke UP, 2005.
Halberstam, Jack [formerly Judith]. In a Queer Time and Place: Transgender Bodies, Subcultural Lives. New York: New York UP, 2005.
--. The Queer Art of Failure. Durham: Duke UP, 2010.
Halperin, David, and Valerie Traub. Gay Shame. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 2010.
Hoad, Neville. "Queer Customs against the Law." Research in African Literatures 47.2 (2016): 1-19.
Kšng,Dredge Byung'chu. "Kathoey 'In Trend': Emergent Genderscapes, National Anxieties and the Re-Signification of Male-Bodied Effeminacy in Thailand." Asian Studies Review 36.4 (2012): 475-494.
Jackson, Peter, ed. Queer Bangkok: Twenty-First-Century Markets, Media, and Rights. Hong Kong: Hong Kong UP, 2011.
Jagose, Annamarie. Orgasmology. Durham: Duke UP, 2012.
Lim, Eng-Beng. Brown Boys and Rice Queens: Spellbinding Performances in the Asias. New York: New York UP, 2014.
Livermon, Xavier. "Queer(y)ing Freedom: Black Queer Visibilities in Postapartheid South Africa" GLQ 18.23 (2012)297-323.
Manalansan, Martin F. Global Divas: Filipino Gay Men in the Diaspora. Durham: Duke UP, 2003.
--. The 'Stuff" of Archives: Mess, Migration, and Queer Lives." Special Issue on "Queering Archives: Historical Unravelings." Radical History Review 120 (2014): 94-107.
Martin, Fran. Backwards Glances: Contemporary Chinese Cultures and the Female Homoerotic Imaginary. Durham: Duke UP, 2004.
Mootoo, Shani. Out on Main Street. Vancouver: Press Gang Publishers, 1993.
Najmabadi, Afsaneh. Professing Selves: Transsexuality and Same-sex Desire in Contemporary Iran. Durham: Duke UP, 2014.
Narrain, Arvind, and Gautum Bhan, eds. Because I Have a Voice: Queer Politics in India. New Delhi: Yoda Press, 2005.
Ngyuen, Tan Hoang. "The Resurrection of Brandon Lee: The Making of a Gay Asian American Porn Star." Porn Studies. Ed. Linda Williams. Durham: Duke UP, 2004. 223-270.
--. A View from the Bottom: Asian American Masculinity and Sexual Representation. Durham: Duke UP, 2014.
Nkabine, Nkunsi Zandile. Black Bull, Ancestors and Me: My Life as a Lesbian Sangoma. Johannesburg: Jacana Media, 2008.
Patton, Cindy, and Bengino Sanchez-Eppler, eds. Queer Diasporas. Durham: Duke UP, 2000.
Puar, Jasbir K. Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalisms in Queer Times. Durham: Duke UP, 2007.
Puri, Jyoti. Sexual States: Goveranance and the Struggle over the Anti-sodomy Law in India. Durham: Duke UP, 2016.
Rao, R. Raja. The Boyfriend. New Delhi: Penguin India, 2003.
Reddy, Gayatri. With Respect to Sex: Negotiating Hijra Identity in South India. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 2005.
Ribeiro, Daniel, dir. The Way He Looks [Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho]. Lacuna Films, 2014.
Ross, Oliver. Same-sex Desire in Indian Culture: Representations in Literature and Film, 1970-2016. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
Routledge Handbook of Sexuality Studies in East Asia. Ed. Mark McClelland and Vera Mackie. London: Routledge, 2014.
Sa’at, Alfian. Collected Plays 2: The Asian Boys Trilogy. Singapore: Ethos Books, 2010.
Satyal, Rakesh. Blue Boy. New York: Kensington Books, 2009.
Sedgwick, Eve Kosofsky. Tendencies. Durham: Duke UP, 1993.
Sex and Sexualities in Contemporary Indonesia: Sexual Politics, Health, Diversity and Representations. Ed. Linda Rae Bennett and Sharyn Graham Davies. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2015.
Shimizu, Celine ParreŮas. "Screening Shirtless AZN Men: The Full Frontal Power of Intimate Internet Industries." positions: asia critique 24.1 (2016): 231-252.
Singh, Dayanita. Myself Mona Ahmed. New York: Scalo, 2001.
Taylor, Diana. "We Have Always Been Queer." GLQ 22.2 (2016): 205-2014.
The Transgender Studies Reader 2. Ed. Susan Stryker and Airen Azura. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2013.
Traub, Valerie. “The New Unhistoricism in Queer Studies.” PMLA 128.1 (2015): 21-39.
Ugra [Panday Bechram Sharma]. Chocolate and Other Writings on Male Homoeroticism. Ed. Ruth Vanita. Durham: Duke UP, 2009.
Truong, Monique. The Book of Salt. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2003.
Vanita, Ruth. Queering India: Same-Sex Love and Eroticism in Indian Culture and Society. New York: Routledge, 2002.
Valentine, David. Imagining Transgender: An Ethnography of a Category. Durham: Duke UP, 2007.
Whistling in the Dark: Twenty-one Queer Interviews. Ed. R. Raj Rao and Dibyajyoti Sarma. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2009.