Instructor: Ash R 2:30pm – 5:00pm
This course focuses on feminist and queer temporalities—on how feminist and queer uses of temporality and historicity and cultural space develop in part in opposition to heteronormative institutions and worldviews. We read some feminist speculative fiction, for example, a classic of time travel and reality bending such as Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, as well as her newly published The Testaments, and queer and trans sci fi. We will also consider some speculative films such as The Children of Men and Sticky Fingers of Timeand queer television (for example, episodes from Black Mirror). Finally, we will consider these cultural texts in relation to the work of theorists who queer time and space—for example, J. Jack Halberstam, Elizabeth Freeman, Jose Munoz, and Lee Edelman. Graduate students are responsible for additional readings and do some teaching in the class.