A Queer American Past: Topics in LGBT History

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: History

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
A Queer Past
Spring 2024
Taught By: Hannah Leffingwell
Section: A

CRN: 13198

Credits: 4

This seminar surveys the long history of language, gender, social organization, ideas about pleasure and domesticity, economic and political formations among LGBTQ and genderqueer people in North America. Weekly topics will allow us to explore distinct methods for understanding, writing, and interpreting evidence about the queer past, and using this past to challenge established historical narratives about gender and sexuality. Using the concept of “queerness,” we will explore three centuries of history in which “lesbian,” “gay,” “bisexual” “passing” and “transgender” identities did not always exist, but creative rearrangements of conventional intimacies and social roles (sometimes under other names) did. Understanding that our queer past is intertwined with structures of power usually studied as “American history,” we will often scrutinize well known events, institutions, people, and public spaces for what they reveal about both “heteronormative” and “queer” sexualities; cisgender and genderqueer selves. Our unifying theme, beginning with the inauguration of English settler colonialism in North America, will be the historical significance of contact and (mis)recognition; how moments of contact give new meaning to ideas about sex and gender differences; to the emergence of sexual subcultures and communities; to medical discourses and naming practices; and to the emergence of national and international queer citizenship.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: History (HIS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 4, 2024 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2024 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 5:10pm EDT 7/12/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Monday, Wednesday
Times: 12:00pm - 1:40pm
Building: Academic Entrance 63 Fifth Ave
Room: 503
Date Range: 1/22/2024 - 5/13/2024