EGST 0235 - Queer Studies and Popular Cultures

Credits: 3

An introduction to queer studies through the investigation and exploration of the social construction and intersections of categories of identities including race, ethnicity, class, culture and nationality through representation in popular cultures. Particular attention will be given to (trans)national popular cultures to see how media cultural texts (re-)produce particular ideologies of queerness and queer identity and understand the patterns that structure their representation. Topics include early and contemporary histories of sexuality; politics of sexuality and sexual identities; forms of oppression (i.e. heterosexism, homophobia, transphobia) and resistance to oppression; violence against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender/Transsexual, Queer, Questioning, Intersexual (LGBTQQI) individuals and communities; queer activism, and diverse experiences of sexuality.

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