Queer Fictions (Q3186)

30 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

In this module, we will explore recent American literary texts alongside some key contemporary queer theoretical works that explore queerness in American culture and society.

We will develop an up-to-date and in-depth understanding of key queer theoretical developments that may touch on issues such as, for example:

  • the queer child
  • queerness and time
  • race and intersectionality in queer politics and identity
  • queer negativity and queer utopias
  • trans theories and identities.

At the same time, we will consider diverse works of post-WWII American literature that offer a range of perspectives on identity, race, nation, gender and sexuality.

You will explore how to bring theoretical concepts into conversation with literary texts, and how queerness is represented and theorised in American society, literature and culture.


33%: Practical (Workshop)
67%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Portfolio)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 267 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: