Below is a list of homework and assignments for our class. THESE ARE LISTED FROM NEWEST (MOST RECENT) TO OLDEST. PLEASE LOOK CAREFULLY AT THE DATES.
- The midterm paper will be due sometime around Spring Break. Spring Break runs from Monday 4/10 – Tuesday 4/18.
- The final research paper will be due during the final exam period. The final exam period runs from Friday 5/19 – Friday 5/26.
- FINAL PAPER DUE BY 7:00 PM IN THE ENGLISH DEPARTMENT (N751) – CLICK HERE FOR DIRECTIONS
- Extra credit due
- Visit the Stonewall Inn. Please note that if you are under 21, you should be able to get in just to look around if you go before 6 PM and you ask nicely (tell them that you are doing an assignment for your college Queer Literature class).
- CLICK HERE for directions to the Stonewall.
- Look around, keeping the history of the building in mind. If you feel comfortable doing so, you could even talk to some of the staff and customers.
- WRITE AT LEAST ONE FULL PAGE about your thoughts, impressions, and comments regarding the Stonewall and your visit there.
- HOMEWORK DUE
- Write your OWN work of Queer literature! 🙂
- This may be a story, poem, play, song, essay, spoken word piece, comic, etc. Be creative!
- One thing you might choose to do is to “Queer” a faery-tale, like Kiernan does to “The Little Mermaid” with “Tears Seven Times Salt.” For example:
- What if a princess, not a prince, came to rescue and awaken Sleeping Beauty?
- What if Cinderella didn’t want to marry a prince, but rather was interested in her Faery Godmother?
- What if in “Snow White,” the prince went off with dwarves instead?
- Etc…basically, re-write a faery-tale to change the hetero-normative narrative it represents.
- HOMEWORK DUE
- This assignment involves creative writing.
- Pretend YOU were present at the Stonewall Uprising. It is completely up to you how you want to imagine you were there – you can be one of the people attending the club, an onlooker who saw what happened, or even a police officer if you want. Use your imagination!
- Write AT LEAST ONE FULL PAGE discussing your observations of the event, what you thought, and how you responded. For example:
- If you were someone attending the club that night, did you fight back against the officers arresting people, or did you try to get away? Why?
- If you were someone watching what was happening from the outside, how did you react? Did you join the uprising? How did you feel about what was going on?
- If you were a police officer, did you willingly join in the raid on Stonewall? Did you willingly arrest people? Did you maybe join the uprising?
- These are only a FEW possibilities – use your imagination! 🙂
- Be as creative and descriptive as you can. Make sure to establish who you “are” and how you came to observe the uprising.
- It might help to write this in letter or journal format. For example:
- I can’t believe what happened last night. I was out at the Stonewall Inn like always. I know it’s kind of grimy, but there are so few places in the city where I can dance with other men and hold their hands and maybe even kiss without fearing for my life. I hate that I have to keep my identity secret all the rest of the time, which is why I keep going back to the Stonewall. We get raided by the NYPD often; it’s something we’ve come to expect. But last night was different…
- Dear Maria, I know I haven’t written you in a long time but something really important just happened. I think this might mean real change in this country; we are starting to fight back! You know I don’t blame you for moving away. I miss you every day but I understand that your family is important to you and they couldn’t stand that you were with another woman. I’ll admit that I’ve often gone to the Stonewall Inn since you left and sometimes hooked up with women; I’ve been lonely without you. I was headed there late at night a few days ago. I saw police cars and crowds of people and heard sirens. You won’t believe what I’m about to tell you!…
- I was on my way home last night after a late-night shift. My route home takes me by the Stonewall Inn. I’m not gay, but I have never had a problem with the fact that the Stonewall is a gay club. I think it’s not fair that gay people in NYC still have to hide who they are. I was exhausted and half-asleep on the walk home, but I woke up in a hurry when I saw what was going on at the Stonewall Inn…
- This is my letter of resignation. I have worked for the NYPD for twenty years and have received several commendations and helped bust one of the biggest drug dealers in the city. However, I can not continue to work for the NYPD. I vowed to “protect and serve” the people of New York City. The raid on the Stonewall Inn last week, in which I was ordered to take part, did not protect or serve anyone. Instead, it targeted the citizens of our great city who are in the most need of protection…
- Be creative and use your imagination! This is meant to be a fun assignment.
- REVISION OF MINI-RESEARCH PAPER DUE IN CLASS!
- In-class discussion of the science-fiction short story “The Heat of Us: Notes Towards an Oral history” (CLICK HERE to read)
- If you cannot access the reading via this link, please check your email account as I sent it to the class list.
- In-class viewing of PBS documentary on the Stonewall Uprising
For Wednesday 4/5:
- FIRST DRAFT OR COMPREHENSIVE OUTLINE OF MIDTERM MINI-RESEARCH PAPER DUE! CLICK HERE FOR PAPER DIRECTIONS.
- CLICK HERE FOR THE WEBSITE POST EXPLAINING THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE COMPREHENSIVE OUTLINE.
For Monday 4/3:
- Please make sure you have read “Long After Midnight” by Ray Bradbury (CLICK HERE to read)
- Please also make sure you have read “Saved” by Poppy Z. Brite (now Billy Martin) and Christa Faust (CLICK HERE to read)
- Please also make sure you have read “Enough Rope” by Poppy Z. Brite (Billy Martin) (CLICK HERE to read)
For Wednesday 3/29:
- CLASS OBSERVATION! (Remember that I am being observed, NOT you!) 🙂
- Please make sure you have read the excerpt from Stone Butch Blues by Leslie Feinberg (CLICK HERE to read)
- Please also read “Howl” and other poems by Allen Ginsberg (CLICK HERE to read)
- Take a look at the graphic novel biography of Ginsberg (CLICK HERE to read)
For Monday 3/6:
- HOMEWORK DUE!
- Write at LEAST ONE FULL PAGE discussing your thoughts about and reaction to the documentary you watched in class on Wednesday
- This assignment may be typed or hand-written
- It WILL be collected and graded!
- Read as much as you can of the excerpt from The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall (CLICK HERE to read)
- Please try to read at least the first 11 pages of the PDF.
- OPTIONAL EXTRA CREDIT DUE!
- You will have a SUBSTITUTE PROFESSOR because I am giving a lecture off-campus at a time that conflicts with our class.
- YOU NEED TO COME TO CLASS! THIS IS NOT A DAY OFF!
- The substitute professor will be taking attendance and showing a documentary film
For Wednesday 2/15:
- MONDAY CLASS SCHEDULE – go to your Monday classes (does not affect us)
- Please make sure you have read:
- “Song of Myself” by Walt Whitman (CLICK HERE to read).
- Please try to read ALL of it but especially focus on the sections I’ve marked.
- BMCC CLOSED – Lincoln’s Birthday
- Continued discussion of readings from Monday
For Monday 2/6:
- Queer: A Graphic History by Meg-John Barker and Julia Scheele (graphic novel)
- “The Queer 101: Third Edition” by Sam Orchard (webcomic)
- “You Can Tell Just by Looking” and 20 Other Myths about LGBT Life and People by Michael Bronski, Ann Pellegrini, and Michael Amico
- Please answer the following questions:
- Why did you sign up for this class?
- What does the word “Queer” mean to you?
- What pronouns would you like me to use to refer to you?