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Is CUL 204 just about the gays? (1 Viewer)

Ethanescence

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"This unit provides a detailed introduction to the 'hot' debates raised by the new and developing field of queer theory. Queer theory is first positioned in relation to historically antecedent definitions of subjectivity in terms of gender and sexual practice. The unit's primary concerns are queer theory's repositioning of the subject, and its claims to represent a radical contestation of received Western cultural concepts of gender, order, sexual and social structures. Queer theory is positioned in relation to the work of major theorists (for example, Foucault, Butler, Freud, Crimp).The course addresses topics such as community, HIV/AIDS, race, fetishism and so on, and includes the use of filmic texts."

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lol queer theory, could there have been anything worse to call it?
 

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"This unit provides a detailed introduction to the 'hot' debates raised by the new and developing field of queer theory. Queer theory is first positioned in relation to historically antecedent definitions of subjectivity in terms of gender and sexual practice. The unit's primary concerns are queer theory's repositioning of the subject, and its claims to represent a radical contestation of received Western cultural concepts of gender, order, sexual and social structures. Queer theory is positioned in relation to the work of major theorists (for example, Foucault, Butler, Freud, Crimp).The course addresses topics such as community, HIV/AIDS, race, fetishism and so on, and includes the use of filmic texts."

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I know, but I meant more i depth.
 
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Queer Theory?
hahahahha

I assume you're talking about this:

CUL222: Gender, Sexuality, Culture: Queer Theory

What is Queer Theory? Rather than attempting to answer this question by identifying a school of thought that is seemingly coherent, unified, stable, and definable, the aim of this unit is to offer a partial mapping of Queer Theory's heterogeneous terrain. Whilst the term queer is used in multiple and even contradictory ways in the texts we examine, for the most part, it functions—at least potentially—to problematise normative consolidations of sex, gender, sexuality. Queer Theory's reconfiguration of these terms and the relations between them, is formulated across a broad range of (often overlapping) topic areas which address issues such as (dis)ability, pleasure, addiction, racialisation, transgenderism, and so on. As a result, each of these concepts and the lived experience(s) of them, is simultaneously (trans)formed. Throughout the unit we critically examine the ways in which such (trans)formations are mobilised in and through a variety of contemporary texts.


And fuck, whoever wrote that has a huge obsession with parentheses.
 
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hahahahha

I assume you're talking about this:

CUL222: Gender, Sexuality, Culture: Queer Theory

What is Queer Theory? Rather than attempting to answer this question by identifying a school of thought that is seemingly coherent, unified, stable, and definable, the aim of this unit is to offer a partial mapping of Queer Theory's heterogeneous terrain. Whilst the term queer is used in multiple and even contradictory ways in the texts we examine, for the most part, it functions—at least potentially—to problematise normative consolidations of sex, gender, sexuality. Queer Theory's reconfiguration of these terms and the relations between them, is formulated across a broad range of (often overlapping) topic areas which address issues such as (dis)ability, pleasure, addiction, racialisation, transgenderism, and so on. As a result, each of these concepts and the lived experience(s) of them, is simultaneously (trans)formed. Throughout the unit we critically examine the ways in which such (trans)formations are mobilised in and through a variety of contemporary texts.


And fuck, whoever wrote that has a huge obsession with parentheses.
That's the one, and I see they've changed the number from 204. The descriptions in the book seem kind of vague to me.
 
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xeuyrawp

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That's the one, and I see they've changed the number from 204. The descriptions in the book seem kind of vague to me.
Cultural studies is inherently vague, in my experience.

Have a look through the wiki article on queer theory: Queer theory - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Basically, as far as I understand, "queer" doesn't just refer to homosexual, but essentially "non-traditional" in the sense of social norms.

If you're not interested in examining non-heterosexual things, then I really would say that a unit called "queer theory" is not for you.
 

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And fuck, whoever wrote that has a huge obsession with parentheses.
Well yeah, that style of writing is quite popular in the cultural studies department, particularly seeing as challenging the traditional structure and meaning of words is *kinda* important (particularly to that area of study) .

Queer theory isn't just about homosexuality, it's about challenging heteronormativity more broadly. Examining heteronormativity involves looking at the way (hetero)sexuality intersects with things such as dys-ability theory, race theory, trans theory etc.

I did the course in 2008, and liked it a lot. I can give you a brief outline from my old study guide if you're interested in the specific topics covered:

Wk 1 : Gender and sexuality
Wk 2: Same-sex desire: sin, crime sickness, pride
Wk 3: Queer theory
Wk 4: Homophobia
Wk 5: Queer race
Wk 6: Sexuality and dys-ability
Wk 7: Performativity
Wk 8: Transsexualism/transgender
Wk 9: Que(e)rying straight sex
Wk 10: Sex as addiction
Wk 11: Solitary sex: the politics of autoeroticism
Wk 12: Queer pleasures: sadomasochism as resistance?
 

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