Excess, Ephemera, and the "Unlivable"

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Meeting Information
Location: FPH 106
Days: Tuesday, Thursday
Time: 2:00-3:20
Email: mmss@hampshire.edu
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Course Level: 200
Course Number: 241
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Excess, Ephemera, and the "Unlivable" is a Social Science course taught by Quinn Miller.

This course satisfies Division I requirements.

Course Description

This course will introduce students to the foundational concepts of queer analysis necessary for understanding interdisciplinary work in critical theory, social thought, cultural history, literary studies, and aesthetics. Using the basic ideas of poststructuralism we will work to see topics such as resistance, rebellion, conflict, and nihilism in unconventional ways. Focusing on theory, interpretation, and criticism, we will pay special attention to how radical approaches to power and representation both coincide with queer and transgender experience and exceed categories of gender, sexuality, identity, and equal rights. Exploring the challenges of analyzing "queer" difference, defiance, and survival, we develop the critical tools required to address material history and imaginative worlds in the paradoxical context of a dominant U.S. culture where people live unlivable lives.

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