Course: Precarious Life: Illness, Disability, and Queer Politics

How have queer bodies and cultures been pathologized by medicalizing discourses of “sickness?” How have “sick” bodies been queered by the state? In this course, we will explore the relationship among and between illness and the medical industrial complex, sex and disability, and trauma and resilience as it applies to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two spirit, intersex, and queer life. Our texts will include queer, crip, feminist, and transgender theory; literary texts—including plays, short stories, and memoirs; popular education—including zines, self- and community-health manuals, and social media; and visual culture—including films, videos, and activist art.