[Msa-discuss] Queer modernisms course

Jeff Drouin jdrouin at gc.cuny.edu
Wed Feb 10 09:20:04 EST 2010

There's also Melanctha, from Gertrude Stein's _Three Lives_.

Jeff Drouin, Ph.D.
Adjunct Lecturer of English, Brooklyn College, CUNY
Mulitmedia / Instructional Technology Associate, Macaulay Honors College, CUNY

|| On Tuesday 09 February 2010 23:17:20 Debra Moddelmog wrote:
Indeed, there are a number of works by Harlem Renaissance writers, besides
 Nugent's, that could be included in a queer modernisms course: Nella
 Larsen's Passing; Wallace Thurman's novels; poetry by Langston Hughes,
 Claude McKay (also his novel Home to Harlem), Countee Cullen; songs by
 Bessie Smith, Gladys Bentley, Ma Rainey; Grimke's "The Closing Door"; etc. 
 Shane Vogel's new book The Scene of HarlemCabaret: Race, Sexuality,
 Performance might prove a useful resource for framing this discussion.  In
 addition, work on the "dandy": Monica Miller, "The Black Dandy as Bad
 Modernist" (in Bad Modernisms); Elisa Glick's "Harlem's Queer Dandy:
 African-American Modernism and the Artifice of Blackness" in MFS; not to
 mention Jessica Feldman's Gender on the Divide: The Dandy in Modernist

Debra A. Moddelmog
Professor of English
Coordinator, Sexuality Studies Program
The Ohio State University
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Columbus, OH 43210

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"Smoke, Lilies, and Jade" by Richard Bruce Nugent, if you want to include an
 African American author.

On Feb 9, 2010, at 7:36 PM, Petra Dierkes-Thrun wrote:

Dear MSA list members,

I am thinking of putting together an undergraduate course on Queer Modernisms
 for next year and would love some input for possible texts/authors to put on
 the syllabus.  This course will be taught in a Comparative Literature
 department, so besides the usual suspects (Forster, Radclyffe Hall, H.D.,
 Sackville-West, Djuna Barnes ...) it should include some French, German,
 Italian, or Slavic etc. texts and authors as well.  I would also like to
 include examples of visual culture (Claude Cahun?) and films (Nazimova's
 Salome).  Any suggestions greatly appreciated!

Petra Dierkes-Thrun
Stanford University

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