Graduate Seminar: Crip/Queer Theory with Professor Mitchell

Professor Mitchell Reading
Jacques Ranciere’s Mute Speech
Fall 2015 Graduate Seminar: Crip/Queer Theory

Crip/Queer Theory charts out key intersections between Disability, Queer, and Critical Race Studies.  Our goal will be to mine the spaces between historically pathologized sexuality, ability, and racialized statuses. In particular we will focus on questions of “agential materialism” where one cannot only find experiences of oppression, but also alternative ethical maps for living.  How are contemporary theorists beginning to conceive of bodies beyond the limits of social constructivism’s passive, culturally inscribed surfaces?  What can the artful navigation of inhospitable social terrains tell us about what crip/queer and racialized lives might offer as viable counter-cultural options outside of homogenizing norms?  Key works covered may include:  Alison Kafer’s Feminist Queer Crip, Tobin Siebers’s Disability Aesthetics, Asma Abbas’s Liberalism and Human Suffering, Alexander G. Weheliye’s Habeas Viscus, Elizabeth Grosz’s The Nick of Time, Jacques Ranciere’s Mute Speech, David Mitchell and Sharon Snyder’s The Biopolitics of Disability, Jose Munoz’s Cruising Utopia, Jack Halberstam’s The Queer Art of Failure, and Robert McRuer & Anna Mollow’s Sex and Disability.

Thursdays 6:10-8 PM CRN 66741; ENGL 6520.10 Ethnicity and Identity; 3 CR; Rome 771; 8/31/15-12/09-15; Professor Mitchell.

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