English and drama

Queer Literatures

Module code: Q3186
Level 6
30 credits in spring teaching
Teaching method: Seminar
Assessment modes: Dissertation

You explore key ideas in contemporary queer theory alongside analysis of literary works.

You develop an up to date and in-depth understanding of key queer theoretical developments that may include: 

  • the queer child
  • queerness and temporality
  • queer affects
  • life writing
  • intersectionality and identity
  • queer negativity
  • queer utopianism
  • queerness and diaspora.

At the same time, you will consider diverse works of modern and contemporary literature that offer a range of perspectives on identity, race, nation, gender, and sexuality. Overall, the module will explore how to bring theoretical concepts into conversation with literary texts.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate detailed knowledge of the theoretical frameworks explored in the module.
  • Demonstrate the capacity to develop critical analyses of literary texts based on the theoretical considerations explored in the module.
  • Undertake close analyses of demanding literary texts.