This course will take place online.
Literature has often been a source of strength for LGBTQ+ people, of validation or understanding, and a space to enjoy the beauty in same-sex attraction. The creation of literary responses has charted both the history of the LBGTQ+ community and its oppression, while offering an insight into the community.
Part historical overview and part literary analysis, this course will examine LGBTQ+ literature through the decades. Beginning with "hidden histories" of queer literature forced to hide its identity, through the liberation era, the response to devastation from AIDS, and ending with contemporary works, this course will consider extracts from key works of LGBTQ+ literature, offer discussion of the work and contextualise it alongside the history of the community, and author biographies.
Who is this course for?
This course is for anyone with an interest in literature, history and/or LGBTQ+ lives, although no prior knowledge of these topics is required.
What can I expect?
This course is taught through presentations (PowerPoint on shared screen) video clips and discussions. Discussion sections are optional, but allow participants to reflect on the material and their own experiences. There is also a reading list and YouTube playlist provided after each session.
Joining via Zoom
This course or event will be held via Zoom. You need a computer/laptop or mobile phone to access the Zoom website, and a reliable internet connection. For further information on how to join a Zoom meeting, you can watch the joining video here.
You will need a computer or other device to connect with Zoom and a notebook/paper and pen/pencil, or digital equivalent.
We provide a number of funded bursaries to people who find it hard to pay the full or concessionary rates. Find out more information on how to apply.
Image: Tales of the City - Armistead Maupin (1978) - LGBTQ+ Library
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You will learn
By the end of the course, you will have learnt:
- You will have been introduced to the work of some key authors from the LGBTQ community
- You will be able to contextualise these authors and their work within wider LGBTQ history
- You will be able to chart shifting trends in LGBTQ literature
Meet the Tutor
Dr Emily Garside
Emily Garside is an academic and writer. She is a graduate of RADA, Kings College London, and University of Nottingham. She wrote her PhD on Theatrical responses to the AIDS crisis. She is also a musical theatre specialist and creative writing tutor. Currently, she is writing a book on Angels in America as well as working on several creative projects as a playwright.
Hidden Histories, Hidden Stories - Early LGBTQ+ literature
Post Stonewall narratives
The Aids crisis and literature
Children and young adult LGBTQ+ literature
Queering literature, reclaiming histories, and fanfiction
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- 19:00 - 21:00
- £119/£89 concession
- Dr Emily Garside
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