English | Critical Practices
L371 | 9106 | Scott Herring

Scott Herring

10:10a-11:00a MWF (30 students) 3 cr., A&H.

PREREQUISITE: L202 with grade of C- or better. NOTE: The English
Department will strictly enforce this prerequisite. Students who
have not completed L202 with a grade of C- or better will have their
registration administratively cancelled.

TOPIC: “Sex Across the Disciplines”

This class introduces you to a wide variety of theoretical
frameworks:  politicized formalism, feminism and its posts, cultural
studies, new historicism, studies of print culture, critical race
studies, post-colonial studies, studies in transnationalism and
critical regionalism, new media studies, and disability studies.
Some of these practices will be familiar to you, since you do them
every day, particularly if you’re a fan of tmz.com.  Others, not so
much.  To make this introduction manageable, then, we’re going to
focus these frameworks around the topoi of sex, gender, and
sexuality.  And to make that task even more manageable, our angle
will primarily center on one interdisciplinary object—-queer studies—
-as this amorphous field helps us better understand these recent
interdisciplinary frameworks within and without the art of fiction.
Indeed, I’m interested to see how a queer approach to 371 may blur
lines between the theoretical, the literary, the floors of
Ballantine Hall, and Ballantine’s own special place in the Hoosier
Apex. Readings will include texts by David Leavitt, Gayle Rubin,
Jeffrey Nealon, Lisa Duggan, Martha Umphrey, Ann Bannon, Audre
Lorde, Eli Clare, Erica Rand, Alison Bechdel, Michael Warner,
Jennifer DeVere Brody, Judith Halberstam, and Michael Warner.  Films
will include The Cockettes and The Descent.