WGSS 350 - Queer Theory (2019-2020 Fall)
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
Description, Abstract, or Artist's Statement
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.
Augustana Digital Commons Citation
Burke, Robert E.. "The Morphology of Sex: Tracking Change in the Sex Discourse at Augustana College" (2020). Audre Lorde Writing Prize.
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