Course Description

People often believe that Queer culture resides only in large coastal cities in the US. The study of the Queer South remains at the very edges of academic scholarship, and the modern Queer South is at best a cautionary tale and at worst a loose collection of classist stereotypes. This course seeks to unpack and explore the wide variety of Southern Queer culture and its impact on the rest of the country. Using primary sources, podcasts and blogs, new scholarship, and popular culture, this course will help students understand the diversity of Southern Queer experience as we look back at the communities that have organized, fought, hurt, healed, and bled together in order to build strong and stable communities of grassroots networks and political structures. We will be working with existing Queer archival organizations to create new research in the Queer South, and over the course of the term we will build a blueprint of the landscape of the Queer South. | Lecture + Q&A.
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Section Title
Exploring the Queer South
Online - Zoom
1:30PM to 3:00PM
Sep 13, 2021 to Nov 08, 2021
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Virtual Classroom  
Course Fees
Section Notes

Please note: As this is a small-group lecture course students will have ample opportunity to ask questions and should be prepared to engage in a robust discussion. Students are expected to read the required weekly readings (of varying lengths). The instructor suggests students do weekly posts after reading, so they capture their thoughts and are able to refer to them in class. (Please note: No classes on October 4 & October 11).

Required reading:

Connie Griffin, Crooked Letter i: Coming Out in the South (9781588383136)

John Howard, Carryin’ On in the Lesbian and Gay South (9780814735602)