The world of LGBTQ cultures and politics is a rapidly changing one. In this course, we’ll read scholarship and engage with fiction, art, and media whose focus has been on the meaning and possibility of a queerer future – one that would create transformative change in the structures of gender, sexuality, empire, race, and/or disability. These works, which describe diverse possibilities for refusing the status quo and/or imagining a different world, will provide a springboard for students’ own research into – and creation of – possible futures for LGBTQ culture, art, and activism. Students in the LGBT Certificate or Minor program can use LGBT488F to fill the Capstone Course requirement.
Required Texts (any format is fine)
All required texts are on reserve at McKeldin library; many are available as ebooks through UMD Libraries.
Jewelle Gomez, The Gilda Stories: A Novel. 2nd Edition. San Francisco, CA: Firebrand Books, 2005.
Judith Halberstam, The Queer Art of Failure. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2011.
José Muñoz, Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity. New York, NY: NYU Press, 2009.
Juana María Rodríguez, Sexual Futures, Queer Gestures, and Other Latina Longings. New York, NY: NYU Press, 2014.
Nat Smith and Eric Stanley (eds.), Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex. Oakland, CA: AK Press, 2011.
Recommended texts (Stories from these will be shared as photocopies)
Samuel R. Delany, Aye, And Gomorrah. New York: Vintage, 2003.
James Tiptree, Jr. Her Smoke Rose Up Forever. San Francisco, CA: Tachyon Books, 2004.