Catalogue 2012 - 2013

ENGL 255 Gay and Lesbian Literature


3 cr.


Sophomore standing and two courses in English writing with grades of "C" or better.

Course Description

This course will explore examples of twentieth century gay and some lesbian literature and how this literature evokes our responses to the humanity of its protagonists. We will focus on issues of divergence as they are fleshed out through literary expression. In our focus on gay-lesbian narratives, we will pay special attention to the depiction of individuals whose daily lives and self-identities are inextricably interwoven into the contexts of their families and society. These narratives convey to the reader the de facto societal and familial definitions of gay-lesbian individuals as divergent and frequently as perversely antagonistic to society's norms..