This course will take place online, for a reduced rate of Full £95 / Conc. £71
Literature has often been a source of strength for LGBTQ+ people. In literature, they may find 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. The course will begin with "hidden histories" of queer literature forced to hide its identity, and move through the liberation era, the response to devastation from AIDS, and end with contemporary works.
Led by the teacher, students will consider extracts from key works of LGBTQ+ literature and contextualise them in the history of the community.
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.
Will I need any equipment or materials?
This course 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.
A reading list will be sent out in advance but there is no need to read any of the texts beforehand in advance. Ability to take notes – either on screen or on paper – might be useful.
Will I be assessed?
There is no formal assessment for courses at Bishopsgate Institute. However, to monitor your learning and progress, tutors will assess your participation in classroom activities.
You will learn
By the end of this course, you will:
- Have been introduced to the work of some key authors from the LGBTQ+ community
- Be able to contextualise these authors and their work within wider LGBTQ+ history
- Be able to chart shifting trends in LGBTQ+ literature.
Meet the Tutor
Emily Garside is an academic and writer. She is a graduate of RADA, Kings College London and University of Nottingham. Emily 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
- Bishopsgate Institute
- Dr Emily Garside
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