Course: Cruising Home: Queer Kinship in Theory and Practice
What do queer theory and culture have to teach us about the tensions among and between home and exile, family and friendship, longing and belonging? In this course, we will explore historical and contemporary questions of kinship as they intersect with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirit, and queer practices of building home, community, and social movements. Considering kinship as both site of violence and liberation, our texts will include performance, including autobiographical solo performance, cabaret, and performance art; visual culture, including films, painting, and drawing; literary texts, including graphic memoirs, novels, plays, and poetry; critical theory; music; and academic talks. Our focus will be queer kinship in the U.S. as well as in transnational and global contexts, with a particular attention to questions of performativity and embodiment; cultural identity—including race, class, religion, ability, gender, and sexuality; and political economy—including migration, marriage, colonialism, and diaspora.
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