This course introduces students to queer of color critique, a mode of queer studies that foregrounds the intersection of race, gender, and sexuality – among other axes of difference – and further explores how the imbricated structures of capitalism, nation, and empire are likewise bound up with regimes of heteronormativity. This seminar begins by locating the roots of queer of color critique in women of color feminism and AIDS activism. It proceeds by exploring how queer of color critique took shape as a response the ethnocentricism of queer studies and the heterocentricism of ethnic studies. The bulk of the course will focus on the multiple and exciting ways that queer of color critique has since reframed the study of sexuality: by attending to the legacies of slavery and settler colonialism, by registering the experiences of migration and diaspora, by situating sexuality within a transnational framework, by interrogating how sexuality is shaped by the developments association with neoliberalism, and so on and so forth. While focusing primarily on theoretical works, this course will also discuss literary and cinematic production. Readings will include work by Gloria Anzaldúa, Audre Lorde, Roderick Ferguson, David Eng, José Esteban Muñoz, Martin F. Manalansan IV, E. Patrick Johnson, Gayatri Gopinath, Chandan Reddy, and others.
Jointly offered with GWSS 490A/ENGL466