Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Connections II Writing Assignment for Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015

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While reading Janet Mock's memoir, Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love and So Much More, we have discussed the societal and political ramifications of being transgender in the United States, as well as the ways in which gender, sexuality, race, and class intersect to complicate a transgender individual's identity. This assignment is open-book and open-notes. You may use any part of any assigned course text, but you may not use other resources for this assignment.

Assignment: In a two-paragraph comment to this post, answer this prompt: How does the Gibson et al. chapter “Queer Diversities,” in Finding Out, enhance our understanding of Mock's memoir? How do Mock's memoir and the "Queer Diversities" chapter help us to identify and/or understand the existence of a diversity of gender and sexual identities in our society? What, if anything, might one... or you... or all of us... do with this understanding? Use standard English. Include your name and proper citation. Your comment may respond to previous comments as long as it otherwise fulfills these assignment criteria. Citation includes in-text citation and a list of Works Cited. See the citation link on this blog for instructions.

This assignment counts as one participation grade and is due by 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 8, 2015.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Connections Writing Assignment for Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015

Today's lesson is an exercise in drawing connections and articulating them in writing for an online readership. We have discussed the impacts of colonialism in relation to Lois-Ann Yamanaka's novel Heads by Harry, as well as the ways in which gender, sexuality, race, and nationality intersect to forge individual identity. This assignment is open-book and open-notes. You may use any part of any assigned course text, but you may not use other resources for this assignment.

Assignment: In a two-paragraph comment to this post, answer this prompt: How can considering our learning from Yamanaka's novel inform our understanding of Olumide Popoola's story, “Straight to the Matter?” How does the Gibson chapter “Nature, Nurture, and Identity” enhance our understanding of both the novel and the story? What is the value (if any) in considering all three texts together?

Use standard English. Include your name. Your comment may respond to previous comments as long as it otherwise fulfills these assignment criteria. Citation includes in-text citation and a list of Works Cited. See the citation link on this blog for instructions. This assignment counts as one participation grade and is due by midnight on 9/25/15.

Welcome to LGBT Literature

Welcome to English 399 / Women's Studies 400: LGBT Literature!

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This course blog is an online extension of our classroom space. It's a paperless way for me to make important course information accessible to you on any Internet-accessible computer. I hope you will explore the course and other information supplied here. Be sure to check this blog often for new information useful to your success in this course and in university. I will also use this space to post queries for your response, course announcements, and other news or events of interest to LGBT scholars. Please feel free to post any questions or comments about the course here.

I look forward to working with you this semester.

Sincerely,
Dr. Brown