Queer rhetorics


Writing is a practice and a process, thus the "-ing" on the end of the word.  In this class, we will focus on the inventing, the doing, and the revising--not as much on the finishing, the being done.  

      Our first challenge will be to unpack the concepts of "queer" and "rhetoric," to create working definitions of our subjects, definitions that will likely evolve over the course of the semester.  We will consider and experiment with various kinds of texts including essays, literature, film, poetry, and theory, always remaining attentive to the points of intersection between these genres.  The work we do will center around the following sorts of questions:  What constitutes queerness?  What is the nature of gender and sexuality?  How is identity constructed by the body?  How is the body itself a construct?  What is the performative nature of embodiment?  And how do all of these subjects come alive in our writing?     

      In this course, writing will be a tool, a medium we use to engage our subjects and the world, however we will also consider the nature of writing itself.  Thus, the course will be both about queer writing and about queering our own writing.


WRTG 3020: Queer rhetorics

“A class is also a process, an independent organism with its own goals and dynamics.  It is always something more than even the most imaginative lesson plan can predict.” 

                              -- Thomas P. Kasulis


WRTG 3020 Queer Rhetorics

EKLC M203  Sec. 040 MW 3:00 - 4:15

INSTRUCTOR  Jesse Stommel (e-mail)

Office Hours  MW 1:15 - 2:45 (Denison 295)


Jagose, Queer Theory: An Introduction (1996)

Sinisalo, Troll: A Love Story (2000)

Bechdel, Fun Home (2006)

McCloud, Understanding Comics (1993)

Brite, Lost Souls (1992)


Condon, Gods and Monsters (1998)

Mitchell, Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)

Bigelow, Near Dark (1987)