|Module Title||LESBIAN AND GAY FICTION|
|Co-ordinator||Dr David E Shuttleton|
|Other staff||Professor Diane Watt, Dr David E Shuttleton|
|Course delivery||Seminars / Tutorials||5 x 2 hour seminars|
2. Early Twentieth-Century Aesthetics. This seminar focuses on the question of a specifically lesbian/gay/queer literary style or sensibility. Attention may be drawn to current theorized and philosophical debates over queer modernism, the poetics and politics of camp, ecriture feminine, 'butch-femme' and other transgressive aesthetics. Indicative primary texts: Oscar Wilde, The Decay of Lying and Virginia Woolf, Orlando.
3. Before Stonewall. This seminar addresses fiction written when (male) homosexuality was illegal and female and male homosexuality were demonized before the advent of the liberation movements of the 1970s. Some topics for discussion are: 'the closet', oppressive representations of the marginalized, stereotypes of the abjected and the treacherous ('the homosexual outlaw'), the medical and Freudian legacy, and homosexuality and ethnicity. Indicative primary texts: Patricia Highsmith, Carol and Christopher Isherwood, Berlin Stories.
4. Coming Out. The coming-out novel is an important fictional sub-genre associated with the era of gay emancipation. Discussion may include the generic adaptations and narrative strategies employed to construct positive models of gay/lesbian/bisexual identity and related theoretical issues concerning sexual dissidence and queer counter-discourse. Indicative primary texts: Audre Lorde, Zami: A New Spelling of My Name and Edmund White, A Boy's Own Story.
5. Queer Histories. This seminar will address queer life writing and/or the recent emergence of gay and lesbian historical fiction. Topics for discussion may include: writing and embodiment, modern and/or post-modern subjectivities, AIDS and the autopathographer, and the construction of a queer lesbian heritage. Indicative texts: Alan Hollinghurst, The Swimming Pool Library and Sarah Waters, Tipping the Velvet
|Problem_solving||formulating and developing an extended argument|
|Research skills||developing independent research skills|
|Communication||written communication in the form of essay. oral communication in seminars (not assessed)|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||developing own research skills and time management|
|Information Technology||use of electronic resources in research and production of written work|
|Personal Development and Career planning||except in so far as this module is related to a research or academic/teaching career|
|Subject Specific Skills||detailed critical analysis of literary texts and evaluation of broad cultural/ intellectual concepts|
This module is at CQFW Level 7