No homo: same-sex sexuality and identity

R1B.001 :  English Composition through French Literature in Translation
Spring 2022
Class No: 24443
262 Dwinelle
Ty Blakeney

In this course, we will explore forms of same-sex sexuality that do not fall easily under the banner of homosexual or gay identity. Recent years have seen claims of the “pansexual revolution” among millennials, according to which sexual identity categories have come to have less and less meaning. We will start in the current moment, and then go back in time to see the ways in which individuals with same-sex attraction have given a name to their sexuality in a way that does not always fit easily within the homo/hetero binary. The texts we read will be varied, from social media and films to novels and poetry.

READINGS/FILMS: Marcel Proust, Sodom and Gomorrah I
André Gide, The Immoralist
Jean Genet, Journal of a Thief
Hervé Guibert, The Compassion Protocol
Call Me By Your Name
Love, Simon
Social media posts (TikTok and YouTube)