Queer Textuality: Queer Virtuality

Course Number: ENGL 129
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General Education Areas Fulfilled: Check on GOLD
Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 129
Quarter: Summer A 2011
Day(s): MTWR
Time: 3:30 PM - 4:35 PM
Location: GIRV 1115

For this year's version of the course, we will be investigating queer virtuality - intersections between queerness and the digital. During this term, we will investigate how virtual worlds, video games, and digital art enable, restrict, and engage queer expression. Starting with theorists writing in the early days of online text-only communities and working through contemporary art and gaming practice, the course will explore themes of virtual embodiment, play, gender and sexual experimentation, and queer issues that intersect with other aspects of identity such as race and ability. Authors, artists, and theorists covered will include Leslie Feinberg, Thomas Foster, Juana María Rodriguez, and Sandy Stone. Games and virtual worlds will include Bayonetta, Dragon Age, Second Life, and others.

This elective course counts towards the Literature and Culture of Information Specialization in the English major.