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ENG 237. Special Topics: Queer American Drama. 3 Credits.

Queer: once a derogatory word used against gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered people has been reclaimed by social activists, writers, artists, educators, and scholars to describe all non-normative sexualities and identities, all that is considered by the dominant paradigms to be alien, strange, transgressive, odd in short, queer. This course will explore queer themes in American dramatic literature from mid-twentieth century to the present. Emphasis will be on how images of gays, lesbians, and other sexual minorities have changed over the past half-century beginning with plays that precede the gay liberation movement, continuing with work from the early years of the AIDS pandemic, and ending in the present day. Authors studied may include Lillian Hellman, Tennessee Williams, Mort Crowley, Jonathan Larson, David Henry Hwang, and Tony Kushner. Prerequisite: ENG102 or permission of division dean. This course may be used by LAT students as a substitute for Modern Drama.