Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies


Past Course Offerings


2014 Fall Course Offerings: Descriptions(+)

Undergraduate Courses:



QSX111 Queer Histories, Communities, Politics

Roger Hallas

MW 2.15-3.35pm, HGL 113 (#15555)

This course is an introductory, interdisciplinary course in the LGBT Studies Program. It is one of the two required core courses for Minors in LGBT Studies, but it is open and welcoming to all students — Minor or not, LGBT-identified or not. In the first half of the semester, we will examine how same-sex and gender-variant identities and relationships have been lived at different times and in different places throughout the modern era. We will critically interrogate how science, religion, law and the economy have both been forces of regulation and liberation for marginalized sexualities and genders. The course will not only consider the knotty relationship between gender and sexuality, but also their intersection with race, ethnicity, class and nationality. Following an exploration of how queer politics developed in the US across the 20th century, we will analyze how sexuality and gender have now become central to the meaning of citizenship in the US and around the world in the 21st century, such that LGBT rights now constitute a major national and global policy issue, as evidenced by the debates over boycotting the Sochi Olympics and Chelsea Manning’s gender identity. This course draws from a wide range of sources, including historical studies, ethnographies, social science studies, political manifestos, oral histories, memoirs, photography, feature films and documentaries.

CRS/WGS410 Communication and Gender

Erin Rand

TTH 3.30-4.50pm, SIMS 129, (#29701)

This course explores the relationships among communication, gender, and sexuality.  Focusing on contemporary American society, we will examine the ways in which communication produces and perpetuates constructions and performances of gender and sexuality, as well as the ways that understandings of gender influence communication practices.  We will learn about a variety of approaches to the study of gender and communication, and we will identify predominant patterns of gendering that shape our culture.



QSX300/ETS360/WGS360 Victorian Sexualities

Claudia Klaver

TTH 9.30-10.50am, BH119 (#31377)

The Victorian periods stands in an interesting relation to our own--with surprising correspondences and disjunctions.  These are particularly compelling in the areas of gender and sexuality.  Despite the impression of many, Victorian culture and practice was often quite queer, with a proliferation of non-normative and perverse genders and sexualities.  In this course we will examine a range of literary and cultural texts that engage more or less explicitly with genders and sexualities that push the boundaries of the mainstream and normative.  Our investigations will draw upon the insights of recent feminist and queer theory and the context provided by more primary and secondary historical materials.  Our reading will include fiction by C. Dickens, Wilkie Collins, E. Gaskell, M. E. Braddon, R. L. Stevenson (Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde), Bram Stoker (Dracula), Oscar Wilde (Picture of Dorian Gray) and poetry by G. Egerton, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Michael Field, Christina Rosetti, A. C. Swinburne, Arthur Symonds,  We will also examine a number of non-fictional prose text--both canonical and noncanonical.  Work for the course will include two 6-8 page, a take home midterm, and a formal oral presentation.


QSX300/ETS360/WGS360 What Was Sex? Nineteenth-Century American Literature and the History of Sexuality

Dorri Beam

TTH 11.00-12.20pm, Link 103 (#31378)

Before the relatively recent invention of heterosexuality and homosexuality in the late nineteenth-century, what was sex?  What did it include and exclude?  How did people understand their intimate relations?  Into what categories did people fit their self-stylizations of gender, affect, and pleasure?  Did they have an idea of sexuality as an identity? As something stable belonging to themselves?

We will use literature of the American nineteenth century to explore these questions while also dipping into other discourses such as health reform, marriage advice, utopian manifestos and sex radicalism; exploring alternative practices such as polygamy and celibacy; and studying texts that feature African American and Native American resistant formations of marriage of family. Texts are likely to include selections from bachelor literature, urban porno-gothic, frontier fiction, bohemian literature, and short stories and novels by Herman Melville, Frank Webb, Sarah Orne Jewett, Henry James, Edith Wharton, Bret Harte, Mary Wilkins Freeman, Constance Fenimore Woolson, Frank Norris, Pauline Hopkins, Zitkala Sa, and Sui Sin Far.


QSX300/HST300 History of Sex

Laurie Marhoefer

TTH 11-12.20pm, HL207 (#31380)

From the mid-19th Century to the present, “normal” sex in Western Europe and North America changed dramatically. In the 1850s, “normal” sex meant heterosexual sex within marriage for the purposes of procreation, birth control was illegal, same-sex sexuality was stigmatized, and “normal” women were not supposed to enjoy sex. By 2000, “normal” sex included many of the features that had marked sex as “abnormal” one hundred and fifty years before, and many North Americans and Western Europeans could expect to have personal experience with previously scandalous or illegal aspects of sex, such as extra-marital sex and birth control and same-sex sexuality. This course traces this historical rupture, focusing in particular on the following issues: birth control and abortion, queer sexuality, prostitution, venereal disease, and the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality.



QSX400/WRT 422/QSX 400 Studies in Creative Non Fiction: "Stranger than Fiction"

Minnie Bruce Pratt

MW   12:30-2:05pm, HBC213B (#31508)

The hidden facts and unspoken truths of life can sometimes be “stranger than fiction”—and when that is so, how do we write believably and convincingly about those complex realities? In this class, students will focus on reading lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) creative nonfiction as a genre that people have used to answer that writer’s question. Students will focus their creative nonfiction (CNF) writing on themes of bodies, genders, and sexualities. CNF is a genre particularly congenial to students who write from multiple perspectives, complex bodied identities, varied ethnicities and nationalities, several sexes or sexualities, multiple or trans gender experiences, and layered locations and/or languages.



WGS 365/ETS 360: Negotiating Differences: Coming of Age Narratives

Vivian May 
TH 9:30-10:50am, BH 119 (31473)
Using a combination of memoir, fiction, and film, this seminar explores the influence of place, family, memory, and social role on self-definition and self-representation. We consider some of the politics of genre, explore how different authors/artists invent new forms of storytelling, and analyze how these authors negotiate a range of cultural ideas about the self/subjectivity. We also examine the politics embedded in everyday life, including: social expectations, family secrets, and ideas about "normalcy"; multiple facets of identity and how they intersect; the fluid nature of desire and the shifting nature of the self; intimacies of power, including naming silences around violence or trauma; limit-conditions and constraints on what can be told/represented & why.

 


Graduate Courses:

ENG 730:What Was Sex? Nineteenth-Century American Literature and the History of Sexuality

Dorri Beam

TH 3.30-6.20pm, Tolley 115 (#30824)

Permission from instructor required for registration. Please email drbeam@syr.edu

Before the relatively recent invention of heterosexuality and homosexuality in the late nineteenth-century, what was sex?  What did it include and exclude?  How did people understand their intimate relations?  Into what categories did people fit their self-stylizations of gender, affect, and pleasure?  Did they have an idea of sexuality as an identity? As something stable belonging to them?

The nineteenth-century is arguably the period of the emergence of sexuality, and we will examine the use of literature itself for doing the history of sexuality. That is, we will take literature seriously as a form that fashions characters, solicits responses, and imagines relationships, as well as exploring literature’s involvement in the production of sexualities and its relation to adjacent discourses such as marriage manuals, hygiene pamphlets, utopian manifestos, and reform tracts. The course will be grounded in queer theory with a focus on debates on how to do the history of sexuality. In addition to various forms of same-and hetero-sex relationships, we will consider texts that treat polygamy and celibacy and African American and Native American resistant formations of marriage and family. These texts are likely to include: selections from salon poetry (Poe and the “poetesses”), bachelor literature, urban porno-gothic, frontier fiction, bohemian literature (Walt Whitman and his circle), and short stories and novels by Herman Melville, Frank Webb, Sarah Orne Jewett, Henry James, Edith Wharton, Mary Wilkins Freeman, Constance Fenimore Woolson, Bret Harte, Elizabeth Stoddard, Pauline Hopkins, Zitkala Sa, and Sui Sin Far.

Spring 2014 Course Offerings: Schedule View(+)

Subject Title Instructor Day Time Place Crosslist/Meets w/ Class#
QSX112          Sexualities, Genders, Bodies Klaver MW 3:45-5:05pm HL207   30003
QSX300 Gender, Violence & Sexualities Fadda-Conrey MW 2:15-3:35pm HL215 Meets w/ETS350 82039
QSX357 Queerly Religious Roberts TTH 3:30-4:50pm CH101 REL357 81925
QSX362 Nazi Germany &The Holocaust Marhoefer TTH 11:00-12:20pm HL207 HST/JSP362 81930
QSX389 LGBT History Marhoefer TTH 3:30-4:50pm MAX111 HST/WGS389 37985
CRS 414      Communication and Gender Rand MW 2:15-3:35pm SIMS135 WGS 414 81366/81367
CRS 568 Rhetoric of Social Change Morris MW 12:45-2:05pm SIMS131 81369
CRS 746 Queer  Rhetorics Rand M 5:15-2:05pm SIMS123 81370

Fall 2013 Course Offerings: Schedule View(+)

Course Title Instructor Day/Time Section # Class #
QSX 111 Queer Histories, Communities and Politics Roger Hallas MW 2:15-3:35 pm M001 16100
QSX 300 meets with ETS/WGS 360 Cinema and Sexual Difference Steven Cohan MW 2:15-3:35 pm M001 29912
QSX 400 meets with CFE 400/600 Good Girls, Sluts & Dykes Elizabeth Payne M 4:00-6:45 pm M001 29780
QSX/WGS 438 Trans Genders and Sexuality Minnie Bruce Pratt MW 8:00-9:20 am M001 30115
ETS 330 Theorizing Meaning & Interpretation: Queer Theory/Queer Culture  Donald Morton MW 2:15-3:35 pm M001 16560
ETS/WGS 360 meets with QSX 300 Cinema and Sexual Difference Steven Cohan MW 2:15-3:35 pm M001 29912
CRS 360 Lincoln's Rhetorical Worlds Charles Morris MW 2:15-3:35 pm M005 29471
CRS/WGS 414 Communication and Gender Erin Rand TTH 3:30-4:50 pm M001

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QSX 400 meets with WRT 422 Stranger Than Fiction Minnie Bruce Pratt MW 12:45-2:05 pm M001 30868

Spring 2013 Course Offerings: Schedule View(+)

Course Title Instructor Day/Time Section # Class #
QSX 111 Queer Histories, Communities and Politics Roger Hallas MW 2:15-3:35 pm M001 16100
QSX 300 meets with ETS/WGS 360 Cinema and Sexual Difference Steven Cohan MW 2:15-3:35 pm M001 29912
QSX 400 meets with CFE 400/600 Good Girls, Sluts & Dykes Elizabeth Payne M 4:00-6:45 pm M001 29780
QSX/WGS 438 Trans Genders and Sexuality Minnie Bruce Pratt MW 8:00-9:20 am M001 30115
ETS 330 Theorizing Meaning & Interpretation: Queer Theory/Queer Culture  Donald Morton MW 2:15-3:35 pm M001 16560
ETS/WGS 360 meets with QSX 300 Cinema and Sexual Difference Steven Cohan MW 2:15-3:35 pm M001 29912
CRS 360 Lincoln's Rhetorical Worlds Charles Morris MW 2:15-3:35 pm M005 29471
CRS/WGS 414 Communication and Gender Erin Rand TTH 3:30-4:50 pm M001

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16219

QSX 400 meets with WRT 422 Stranger Than Fiction Minnie Bruce Pratt MW 12:45-2:05 pm M001 30868

Fall 2012 Course Offerings: Schedule View(+)

Course # Title Professor Day/Time Class #
QSX 112 Sexualities, Genders, Bodies Erin Rand TTh 3:30-4:50 60165
AAS/WGS 309 Black Sexuality Linda Carty TTh 11:00-12:20 60800/60577
ETS 350 Reading Nation and Empire: Gender, War, and Imperialism Post9/11 Carol Fadda-Conrey MW 2:15-3:35 60819
ETS 360/WGS 360 Reading Genders and Sexialities: Documenting Sexualities Roger Hallas MW 3:45-5:05 47772/60836
HIS 389/QSX 389/WGS 389 LGBT Experience in American History Susan Branson TTh 2:00-3:20 59908/60691/48770
HIS 362 Nazi Germany and the Holocaust 1933-1945 Laurie Marhoefer MW 2:15-3:35 49740
REL 300/QSX 300 Queerly Religious William Robert TTh 2:00-3:20 48740/60663

Spring 2012 Course Offerings: Schedule View(+)

Course # Title Professor Day/Time Class#
QSX 111 Queer Histories, Communites and Politics Jackie Cuevas TTH 3:30-4:50 17370
AAS/WGS 309 Race, Gender and Sexuality in African Diaspora Linda Carty TTH 11:00-12:20 16164
CFE 400/600 Schools, Queer Kids, Bullies and Teachers Elizabeth Payne M 4:00-7:00 20570
CRS 568 Rhetoric of Social Change Erin Rand TTh 12:30-2:05 30609
SOC 400/600 LGBT Studies in Sociology Andrew London MW 3:45-5:05 17432
WRT 422 Stranger Than Fiction Minnie Bruce Pratt MW 12:45-2:05 14542

Fall 2011 Course Offerings: Schedule View(+)

Course # Title Professor Day/Time Class #
AAS/SOC/WGS 309 Black Sexuality Linda Carty TTH 11:00-12:20 33651/34007/34009
CFE 400.001/600.001 QSX 300.001/ 600.001 Good Girls, Sluts & Dykes Elizabethe Payne MW 12:45-2:05 35248/14832/35713/35718
CRS 414 Communication & Gender Erin Rand TTH 11:00-12:20 35060
ETS 360. 003 Cinema & Sexual Difference Steven Cohan MW 2:15-3:45 32093
HST 300.003 Sexuality/ State in Modern Europe Laura Marhoefer MW 2:15-3:35 31711
QSX 111 Queer Histories and Politics Margaret Himley TTh 3:30-4:50 35299
WGS 343 Latina Feminist Theory T. Jackie Cuevas M 3:45-6:30 35726
WGS 365 Coming of Age Narratives Vivian May W 3:45-6:30 35266
WGS 438 Trans Genders and Sexualities Minnie-Bruce Pratt MW 2:15-3:35 35268
WRT 422.001 Stranger than Fiction Minnie-Bruce Pratt MW 12:45-2:05 31613

Spring 2011 Course Offerings: Schedule View(+)

Course # Title Professor Day/Time Class #
QSX 112 Sexualities, Genders, Bodies Margaret Himley MW 3:45-5:05 51965
ETS 360 Documenting Sexualities Roger Hallas MW 5:15-6:35 & M 7:00-9:00 51839
QSX/HST/WGS 389 LGBT Experience in American History Susan Branson TTH 2:00-3:20 51999/51979/52799
QSX 400 LGBT/Queer Studies Seminar Margaret Himley T 3:30-6:30 42132
SWK 400 LGBT Health and Well Being Kim Jaffee Online 45462
CRS 414 Communication and Gender Erin Rand TTH 3:30-4:50 51625
HST 401 Women's Gender History Laurie Marhoefer T 9:30-12:15 51739

Fall 2010 Course Offerings: Schedule View(+)

Course # Title Professor Day/Time Class #
QSX 112 Sexualities, Genders, Bodies Jackie Orr MW 2:15-3:35 36448
QSX 300.M001 Queer Kids/Straight Schools Elizabethe Payne MW 12:45-2:05 36449
ETS 360.M002 Queer Fictions Amy Lang TTH 12:30-1:50 25299
WRT 422.M001 Strange than Fiction Minnie Bruce Pratt MW 12:45-2:05 21642
WRT 424 Queer Writing Margaret Hiimley MW 3:45-5:05 26963

Spring 2010 Course Offerings: Schedule View(+)

Course # Title Professor Day/Time Class #
QSX 112 Sexualities, Genders, Bodies Margaret Himley MW 3:45-5:05 51965
ETS 360 Documenting Sexualities Roger Hallas MW 5:15-6:35 & M 7:00-9:00 51839
QSX/HST/WGS 389 LGBT Experience in American History Susan Branson TTH 2:00-3:20 51999/51979/52799
QSX 400 LGBT/Queer Studies Seminar Margaret Himley T 3:30-6:30 42132
SWK 400 LGBT Health and Well Being Kim Jaffee Online 45462
CRS 414 Communication and Gender Erin Rand TTH 3:30-4:50 51625
HST 401 Women's Gender History Laurie Marhoefer T 9:30-12:15 51739

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rlriley@syr.edu
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