Prereq: One intermediate subject in French.
Topic for Fall 2015: Queer France
The course addresses the question of contemporary queer identities and representations in France and their place in current French discourse. Who are the new queer authors? What are the main concerns of this new generation? The class will first introduce students to the main classical references of queer subcultures from Proust and Vivien to Hocquenghem and Wittig. We will then study the new debates on postcolonial and globalized lesbian, gay and trans identities exploring essays songs, movies, and novels. There will be a special focus this semester on the France’s situation after the passing of the law on gay marriage and adoption. Among the authors studied: Didier Eribon, Anne Garréta, Abdellah Taïa, Monique Wittig, Nina Bouraoui, etc.