LGBT 3635

LGBT 3635

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2024-2025.

This course engages classical antiquity and its reception through the prism of queer studies. Cruising Homer, Sappho, Euripides, Plato, Ovid and more, we will explore how queer theoretical frameworks help us account for premodern queer and trans bodies, desires, experiences, and aesthetics. We will trace how people historically have engaged with the classical past in political and affective projects of writing queer history and literature, constructing identities and communities, and imagining queer futures. We will unpack how classical scholarship might reproduce contemporary forms of homophobia and transphobia in its treatments of gender, sexuality, and embodiment in the classical past, and in turn how modern uses of the classical might reinforce or dismantle exclusionary narratives around 'queerness' today as it intersects with race, gender, sexuality, and class. Finally, we will consider how the work we are doing in this class (where the 'Queer' in 'Queer Classics' may be taken as an adjective or an imperative) relates to the ways that contemporary writers, activists, artists, and performers have animated the classical past with queer possibilities. All readings will be in translation; no knowledge of Latin and Greek is required.

When Offered Fall.

Distribution Category (ALC-AS, SCD-AS) (CA-AG, D-AG, LA-AG)

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: CLASS 3635FGSS 3636SHUM 3635

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 11451 LGBT 3635   SEM 101

  • Instruction Mode: In Person
    Please contact Ryan Belle (rtb95) to be added to the wait list.