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BYAL424 - Queer Literature, Film, and Theory in the 20th and 21st Centuries B2-C1

Crédits ECTS 3
Volume horaire TD 1h30





Cours de niveau B2-C1


This course aims to introduce students to some of the foundational texts of anglophone queer literature, film, and theory across the 20th and 21st centuries. Students will examine a range of texts by LGBTQIA+ writers, theorists, and filmmakers, and learn to recognise, compare and contrast different approaches, both artistic and theoretical, to queerness. The course maps a broad and diverse range of articulations of queer embodiment, experience, and politics, bringing together texts relating to queer sexuality and desire, to responses to the AIDS pandemic, to trans politics and embodiment, to the intersex body, and to recent articulations of queer experience emerging in the contemporary moment.


This course embarks upon a broad exploration of the landscape of queer literature, film, and theory in English across the 20th and 21st centuries. The literary, filmic, and philosophical texts studied provide a diverse range of approaches to conceptualising queer bodies, queer experience, and queer politics. The course seeks to showcase texts which centre queer identities and politics from across the LGBTQIA+ community. To this aim, the course is necessarily comparative and interdisciplinary, seeking to establish dialogues and comparisons across the texts and genres studies. For example, the course begins with an overview of theoretical engagements with gender and sexuality, exploring Judith Butler’s Gender Trouble (1990) and Bodies That Matter (1995) in week 1, and then more recent writing on trans embodiment and politics by Jack Halberstam and McKenzie Wark in week 2. With the exception of Week 9, in which we will explore theoretical texts belong to the strand of the ‘antisocial thesis’ within queer theory, the remaining weeks will look at one text each, either a film or a literary extract. Where the programme for certain weeks lists more than one text, this is to permit students to choose which text they would rather study or present on, or indeed to encourage students to compare and contrast between multiple texts. In the case of Week 4 and Week 10, the texts suggested include both the original literary text and the film adaptation; this can lead to discussion of how the questions evoked in the texts change or expand in adaptation and across different periods. One of the course’s central questions will be: ‘What is queer?’ Across the course, we will explore the ways in which the term ‘queer’ necessarily resists any singular or static definition, and rather comes to celebrate, in many different ways, a plethora of diverse and constantly evolving bodies, identities, and desires.


TD 1: lundi 9h30-11h avec Yasna Bozhkova
 TD 2: vendredi 11h-12h30 avec Yasna Bozhkova

Contrôles des connaissances

- 50% oral
- 50% écrit

mise à jour le 8 juin 2022


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