LGBTQ identity has long been understood through feelings: every queer lifespan moves from feelings of shame to feelings of pride. That same shift from “bad feelings” to “good feelings” characterizes queer history, politics and literature. This course pays attention to how emotions – such as shame, sadness, anger, loneliness, pride, joy and love – construct queer identity. Through the course, students will gain an enhanced understanding of LGBTQ people; a complex vocabulary for discussing culture, including literature, pop music, cinema, television and video games; and an understanding of how feelings have changed over time (e.g., how does seventeenth-century "melancholia" differ from modern-day "depression?" Why are emotions like "anxiety" or "boredom" associated with the present day?).


4 sh

Course Types

Expression, Literature, Advanced Studies

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