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Introductory Seminars for First-Year Students
This course has been cancelled for this academic year.
We will read five autobiographical texts and view four films. "Gay autobiography" means an autobiography in which the story of the author's sexual experience and identity is a central concern, not just an autobiography by an author who happens to be gay. Among the films we'll consider is Brokeback Mountain. Our discussions will be directed at three issues: (1) Identity: To what extent do our writers view their sexual orientation as a deep, inalterable, and defining characteristic? (2) Gender: Do these writers link their sexual orientation to "gender deviance"; i.e., effeminacy in men and mannishness in women, or do they argue that sexual orientation and gender style are separate matters? and (3) Solidarity: How much do these writers identify with others who share their sexual situation? What politics follow from their circumstances? Every student will be expected to write a 10-page autobiographical essay.