English 186 - Summer Sessions II, 2022

Literature, Sexuality & Gender

Class Information

Instructor: Gray, Erin
CRN: 73971
Time: TWR 2:10-3:50
Location: 1130 Bainer
GE Areas: Writing Experience


This course introduces students to enactments and deconstructions of gender, sexuality, and race in 20th-century American literature. Students read novels, short stories, plays, and poems alongside works of literary history, postcolonial theory, and queer of color critique. In addition to the longer works listed below, students will read short stories, essays, and poems by W.E.B. Du Bois, James Baldwin, Robin Coste Lewis and Edwidge Danticat.


Weekly Discussion Questions: 10%
Participation: 20%
Midterm Essay: 25%
Final Essay: 25%
Final Exam: 20%


Passing, Nella Larson
Trimmings , Harryette Mullen
Tender Buttons, Gertrude Stein
Venus, Susan Lori-Parks
A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry
Close to the Knives , David Wojnarowicz,
On Earth We?re Briefly Gorgeous, Ocean Vuong