ENGL 3300:501 203 Carlisle

Gay and Lesbian Literature Thursday 4-5 PM and by appointment

Fall 1995 817-273-2692


required texts: Audre Lorde, The Marvelous Arithmetics of Distance (Norton); Tony Kushner, Angels in America Part I: Millennium Approaches (Theatre Comm.) and Angels in America Part II: Perestroika (Theatre Comm.); Jeanette Winterson, Written on the Body (Vintage); Yukio Mishima, Confessions of a Mask (New Directions); Oscar Wilde, The Soul of Man and Prison Writings (Oxford); Lillian Faderman, Scotch Verdict (Columbia); William Shakespeare, Sonnets (Signet); Sappho, Sappho: a New Translation, trans. Barnard (California); plus various handouts.

attendance policy: Attendance is required. You may, however, miss one meeting without penalty. If you miss a second meeting you will fail the course.

grading and requirements: Twelve three-page papers,due by 7PM on the Tuesday indicated below. Individual papers will not be graded; my comments (when there are any) will be responsive and questioning rather than evaluative. Each late or missed paper will constrain your final grade by one letter: miss one paper (or submit it late) and you can make no higher than a B for the course; miss two and you can make no higher than a C, &c. You will receive your final course grade on Mon. 5 December; it will be an A, B, C, D or F as I evaluate your coursework as a whole.

drop policy: I will never drop anyone of my own accord unless that student never attends class even once. I will always allow a student to drop with a W until the final drop date (17 November).

the short papers will be the focus of the entire course. They must not be handwritten, late, irrelevant to the reading, mere summary, or below an acceptable standard of college writing in grammar, mechanics or spelling.

Class Schedule

Tues. 29 Aug: syllabus and procedures

Thu. 31 Aug: introductions

Tues. 5 Sept: Paper #1: Preconceptions. Write for three pages on what you might expect this course to be, your own reasons for taking it, or anything else you’d like to address at the beginning of a course in gay & lesbian literature. Discussion Thu. 7 Sept.

Tues. 12 Sept: Paper #2: Eve Sedgwick, "Introduction: Axiomatic," on handout. Discuss Thu. 14 Sept.

Tues. 19 Sept: Paper #3: Lorde, The Marvelous Arithmetics of Distance. Discuss Thu. 21 Sept.

Tues. 26 Sept: Paper #4: Kushner, Millennium Approaches. Discuss Thu. 28 Sept.

Tues. 3 Oct: Paper #5: Kushner, Perestroika. Discuss Thu. 5 Oct.

Tues. 10 Oct: Paper #6: Winterson, Written on the Body. Discuss Thu. 12 Oct.

Tues. 17 Oct: Paper #7: Mishima, Confessions of a Mask. Discuss Thu. 19 Oct.

Tues. 24 Oct: Paper #8: Wilde, De Profundis and "The Ballad of Reading Gaol." Discuss Thu. 26 Oct.

Tues. 31 Oct: Paper #9: Walt Whitman, "Calamus" (on handout). Discuss Thu. 2 Nov.

Tues. 7 Nov: Paper #10: Faderman, Scotch Verdict. Discuss Thu. 9 Nov.

Tues. 14 Nov: Paper #11: Shakespeare, Sonnets. Discuss Thu. 16 Nov. Fri. 17 Nov: drop date

Tues. 21 Nov. no class meeting; Thu. 23 Thanksgiving

Tues. 28 Nov: Paper #12: Barnard, trans. Sappho. Discuss Thu. 30 Nov.

Tues 5 Dec: last class meeting. Final grades, course evaluations.