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Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Princeton course will teach students to 'read queerly'

Comment: This is plain ridiculous.

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 "Being mean to boys is fun and a second-wave feminist duty."


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  • Princeton University is offering a course next semester that aims to teach students to "read queerly" by examining "the ways in which desire, gender, and sexuality are queerly told."
  • The "Queer Literatures" course will explore several texts, including a memoir whose author asserts that "Being mean to boys is fun and a second-wave feminist duty."

  • Princeton University is offering a new course this fall that will teach students about the "theory, narrative, and aesthetics" of "queer literatures."

    According to the official course description posted on the school's website, students will "both read from various trajectories of queer literature and engage what it means to read queerly" as part of the “Queer Literatures: Theory, Narrative, and Aesthetics” course.

    "We will consider the historical etymology of the term queer and think through its affiliate terms and acronyms: lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans," the description continues. "We will investigate how discourses of power and institutions of normativity have come up against queer bodies, narratives, and politic—and how such encounters are historically situated."

    The university goes on to explain that the throughout the course, students will be urged to "pay close attention to the ways in which desire, gender, and sexuality are queerly told."

    The upcoming class is cross-listed in the Department of English, the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, and the Program in American Studies, and will feature readings by several authors and poets, including Eli Claire, Michel Foucault, James Baldwin, and others. 

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