History | Gay Histories/Queer Cultures
A200 | 26131 | Johnson


Above class meets with GNDR-G 206, AMST-A 299, AND
HON-H 299

This course examines the social, cultural and political history of
same-sex desire in the United States and abroad.  A particular
emphasis will be placed on the historical emergence of certain
readily-recognizable American sexual subcultures such as the modern
lesbian and gay “movement” or “community.”  But we will also pay
close attention to the ways that social and cultural formations like
race, class, gender and nationality interrupt and embellish any
unitary, universal narrative of lesbian and gay history as such. 
Readings will likely include Allen Berube’s "Coming Out Under Fire:
The History of Gay Men and Women in World War Two"; George
Chauncey’s "Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture and the Making of
the Gay Male World, 1890-1940"; John D’Emilio’s "Sexual Politics,
Sexual Communities: The Making of a Homosexual Minority in the
United States, 1940-1970." 2nd Edition; "Herculine Barbin; Being the
Recently Discovered Memoirs of a Nineteenth-Century Hermaphrodite";
Judith C. Brown’s "Immodest Acts: The Life of a Lesbian Nun in
Renaissance Italy"; and Audrey Lorde’s  "ZAMI, A New Spelling of My
Name."  Students will also be expected to complete substantial take-
home midterm and final examinations. 

PLEASE NOTE that Honors College students who wish to register for
the supplemental honors research arm of this course must register
for it under G206.  They must also register for H299, the
description for which I include below for your information.

H299: Honors Research- Gay Histories/Queer Cultures

This honors research module extends the scope of G 206 to include
primary research on the history of homosexuality and same-sex sexual
behavior in the United States and abroad.  Students will be given
direct access to the unparalleled resources of the Kinsey
Institute’s library and archives. They will also be expected to use
those resources as the evidentiary foundation for a substantial
historical research paper. Course discussions will address both
common conceptual problems that arise with respect to the history of
sexuality in general and practical strategies and techniques for
conducting archival historical research. This course can only be
taken in conjunction with G 206.