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Queer / LGBTQ+ Literature, Then and Now: The 21st Century
From the early 1900s to today, queer literature has gone through significant movements. In this class learners will study post-2000 queer literature.
US Grade 8 - 11
Have you ever wondered if queer/ literature in the USA has an actual history? Sure, you can find books now with all sorts of queer protagonists, and you hear about news reports where libraries and schools have banned queer books, but what has changed since the beginning of this century? Queer literature has exploded, particularly YA literature, and it is no longer easily put in a box. It is now possible to find books that feature protagonists in a wide variety of genders and sexualities in...
In addition to being a member of, and active in, many aspects of the queer community, including activism and visibility, I also raised and homeschooled a queer child. The critical component of my MFA degree was on the history of queer protagonists in mainstream literature, a paper that was later published, and I have continued to expand on that research for further publication.
Homework OfferedHomework will consist of assigned readings from a list provided for before each class.
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
0Notebook/paper and pencil/pen. A handout will be given each class for reference, but printing it is optional.
When discussing themes, histories, and patterns in queer literature, parents should be aware that somewhat challenging topics such as homophobia, racism, depression, and others will inevitably be discussed, as these topics are a part of many queer people’s lives, and therefore their literature. These topics will be handled sensitively, and in the context of the work and the author’s lives. Literature referenced will be from both the adult and YA cannon, but while a novel as a whole might contain sexual or violent themes, the assigned readings will not contain gratuitous sex or violence.
Meet the teacher
Greetings! My name is Val. I’m an editor, publisher, educator, and, of course, a voracious writer and reader, particularly in the scifi, fantasy, and mainstream genres. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Johnson State, and a Master of...
$55for 4 classes
1x per week, 4 weeks
Completed by 2 learners
Live video meetings
2-12 learners per class