SRJC Course Outlines

7/16/2024 2:08:51 AMENGL 36 Course Outline as of Fall 2015

New Course (First Version)

Discipline and Nbr:  ENGL 36Title:  LGBT ARTS & LITERATURE  
Full Title:  Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,Transgender Arts and Literature
Last Reviewed:11/9/2020

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled06 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Catalog Description:
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Reading, discussion and writing about significant LGBT writers and artists and their works from antiquity to present. The course uses both a thematic and historical approach to the literature and arts including the study of poetry, short stories, novels, plays, cinema, music, biographies, coded texts, and political essays.

Completion of ENGL 1A or higher with a "C" or better

Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Reading, discussion and writing about significant LGBT writers and artists and their works from antiquity to present. The course uses both a thematic and historical approach to the literature and arts including the study of poetry, short stories, novels, plays, cinema, music, biographies, coded texts, and political essays.
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:Completion of ENGL 1A or higher with a "C" or better
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 2015
American Cultures/Ethnic Studies
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 C2HumanitiesFall 2015
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 3BHumanitiesFall 2015
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 2015Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 2015Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Major Applicable Course


Student Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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1.  Describe principles of literary analysis in relation to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender literature.
2.  Apply principles of literary analysis to texts in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender literature.
3.  Write critical analysis and response papers about Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender arts and literature.

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Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Identify themes and concerns in texts of LGBT writers and, when significant, recognize parallel directions in film,  music, dance and the arts;
2. Demonstrate an awareness of historical patterns and emerging traditions embodied in LGBT texts;
3. Assess historical, sociological, and psychological trends and theoretical positions taken on works, illustrating   internal cultural needs and responses to external political and social conditions;
4. Critically analyze the roles of stereotypical and archetypal patterns in texts as a reflection of sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, gender, and class;
5. Identify the diversity of experience represented in texts within and outside the LGBT community relative to factors such as race, class, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disabilities, and Deaf culture;
6. Compose logical and coherent analyses of texts;
7. Evaluate effectiveness and significance of individual works.

Topics and Scope
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I. Historical influences on literary and artistic production
    A. BCE: Greece/Rome
   B. Judaism and Christianity: Biblical mandates against homosexuality
   C. Two-spirit indigenous beliefs
   D. Prohibitive secular laws and persecution
    E. Theatrical culture
   F. Women's suffrage, first and second wave feminism, challenges to gender roles
  G. Civil rights movements of the 50-70s
  H. Stonewall, Gay & Lesbian Liberation movements of 1960-70s
   I. American Psychological Association removal from DSM (1973)
  J. Same-sex marriages and Supreme Court cases: United States v. Windsor and     Hollingsworth v. Perry
II. Central or unique LGBT literary responses
    A. Closeted or coded fiction
    B. Reviews of theatre, dance, literature, and arts.
   C. Voices of protest, activism and self-definition
   D. Letters and journals
III. Thematic responses in historical context
    A. Classical celebrations of beauty
    B. Texts of persecution, denial and self-hatred
   C. De-stigmatizations: Alfred Kinsey, APA declassification
   D. Gay Liberation Movement, Women's Movement, Lesbian Movement
   E. Gay and Lesbian expression in film and television
   F. PFLAG (Parent, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), AIDS activism, Living Sober, Queer politics, Queer Theory, Transgender movement
   G. Same-sex marriages and families
IV. Critical approaches to LGBT literature, appropriate to eras, race, gender, and class in the United States
V. The role of LGBT writing, music, film, dance and art on the predominant culture, both as an historical catalyst of change and an understanding of common experience.
VI. Literary Research Techniques
   A. Literary Criticism
   B. MLA Standards for Research and Scholarship

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1. Reading assignments of 50 pages per class session
2. Read novels, plays, short stories,  poetry, and various full-length works
3. Read historical or supplementary material, and literary criticism
4. Write 4 to 5 essays of 1000 to 1500 words using primary and secondary sources
5. 1-2 research assignments
6. Oral group presentation
7. Collaborative writing project
8. Critical reading logs or journals
9. Viewing films or attending performances
10. Reading quizzes, essay exams and final exam

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
50 - 65%
Essays, collaborative writing projects, critical reading logs or journals.
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
20 - 35%
Reading quizzes, essay exams, and final exam.
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
15 - 25%
Oral group presentation; research assignments

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Thomas Avena, (Editor), Life Sentences: Writers, Artists and AIDS, Mercury House, 1994. (classic)
Lillian Faderman (Editor), Chloe Plus Olivia: An Anthology of Lesbian Literature from the 17th Century to the Present, Penguin Books, 1995. (classic)
Byrne R. S. Fone (Editor), The Columbia Anthology of Gay Literature, Columbia University Press, 2001. (classic)
E. Lynn Harris (Editor), Freedom in This Village: Twenty-Five Years of Black Gay Men's Writing, 1979 to the Present, Carroll & Graf, 2005. (classic)
Essex Hemphill (Editor), Brother to Brother: New Writings by Black Gay Men, RedBone Press, 2007.(classic)
Will Rosco (Editor), Living the Spirit: a Gay Indian American Anthology, St. Martin's Griffin, 1988.(classic)
Gloria Anzaldua, The Gloria Anzaldua Reader, Duke University Press Books, 2009.(classic)
James Baldwin, Giovanni's Room, Vintage, 2013.
Rita Mae Brown, Rubyfruit Jungle, Bantam, 1983.(classic)
Judith Butler, Gender Trouble, Feminism and the Subversion of Identity, Routledge 2006.(classic)
E.M. Forster, Maurice, W. W. Norton, 2005. (classic)
Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Herland, Dover Publications, 1998.(classic)
Allen Ginsberg, Howl, City Lights Publishers, 2001.(classic)
Judy Grahn, The Judy Grahn Reader, Aunt Lute Books, 2009.(classic)
Lillian Hellman, The Children's Hour, Dramatists Play Service, 1953. (classic)
Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Epistemology of the Closet, University of California Press 2008. (classic)
Tony Kushner, Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes: Part Two: Perestroika, Theatre Communications Group, 2003. (classic)
Audrey Lorde: Zami: A New Spelling of My Name, The Crossing Press, 1982. (classic)
Cherrie Moraga, Loving in the War Years: Lo Que Nunca Paso por Sus Labios, South End Press Classic Series, 2000.(classic)
Pat Parker, Movement in Black, Firebrand Books, 1999.(classic)
Adrienne Rich, A Wild Patience Has Taken Me This Far, W. W. Norton, 1993.(classic)
Vito Russo, The Celluloid Closet, Harper & Row, 1987.(classic)
Susan Stryker, Transgender History, Seal Press, 2008.(classic)
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Canterbury Classics, 2013.  
Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass, W.W. Norton, 2002.(classic)
Virginia Woolf, Orlando, Mariner Books, 2006.(classic)
Michelle Gibson, Jonathan Alexander and Deborah T. Meem (Editors), Finding Out: An Introduction to LGBT Studies, Second Edition, Sage Publications, 2014.
Instructor prepared materials.

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