CGS 105: Queer Theory
"Queer Theory/Queer Cinema"
Instructor: Ashvin R. Kini
2014 Summer Session II
Mondays and Wednesdays, 2-4:50PM
This course will offer an introduction to some of the key debates and questions in the study of lesbian, gay, trans, and queer sexualities. We will approach the field of queer studies by viewing a handful of iconic queer films of the past few decades: Isaac Julien’s Looking For Langston; Dee Rees’ Pariah; Jennie Livingston’s Paris is Burning; and Wong Kar-Wai’s Happy Together. These films will allow us an opportunity to engage a range of issues addressed in the various critical essays we will read by queer studies scholars and activists including the history of sexuality; family, kinship, and marriage; representation and performance; queer subcultures; and migration and globalization. Throughout our study, we will consider how gender and sexuality intersect with formations of race, class, citizenship, and culture.