ENGL 391

Studies in Lesbian and Gay Literature

This course examines the development, reception, and influence of lesbian and gay literature in English during the twentieth century. Students read representative literary and theoretical texts that investigate the complex interactions of sexuality, gender, class, race, and ethnicity in the literary representation of lesbian and gay experiences. Special attention is paid to the cultural factors that have influenced and constrained the development of lesbian and gay literatures, as well as to the questions of canonicity, authority, and audience that continue to inform their interpretation. Discussion may focus on a particular genre, a specific group of writers, or a set of issues or thematic concerns common to a number of major literary texts.