WGSS 350 - Queer Theory (2019-2020 Fall)

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Critical and Cultural Studies | Cultural History | Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies | Place and Environment | Politics and Social Change | Public History | Quantitative, Qualitative, Comparative, and Historical Methodologies

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Here, I track how the criteria for deeming sex as acceptable or unacceptable have changed over time at Augustana College. To do so, I apply two critical lenses to archived issues of the Augustana Observer. The first lens involves Rubin's concept of the "sex hierarchy," a variety of categories by which we may judge sex as good or bad. The second lens is related to Berlant and Warner's "national heterosexuality," a concept that claims that sexual norms are intrinsically elastic but politically, culturally, and economically firm under capitalism. Making use of a localized "snapshot" approach, I use recent Augustana history to demonstrate the fluid and intermittent properties of the sex discourse.

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