2015 Syllabus is here!

Please go to the “Spring 2015 class info” page for the syllabus and weekly schedule of assignments. I can’t wait to get started!

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Yes! Trans and Genderqueer Literature at UA in Spring 2015

Register now for GWS 300, Special Topics Section 791:
Trans and Genderqueer Literature
 
In this groundbreaking course, we will study poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction by trans and genderqueer authors. We will explore a variety of theoretical, cultural, and political contexts as we analyze the evolving literary discourses on trans and genderqueer experiences. You do not need to be trans or genderqueer identified to take this course. In fact, I encourage allies to sign up! You do, however, need to have a basic understanding of trans and genderqueer identities. We will build upon that knowledge quickly, so it will be important that you have done some work/reading on your own. 
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Class will be held Mondays, 5:30-8pm at UA with TC Tolbert.
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This class can be counted as an elective in the English or Creative Writing major or minor.
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If you have questions about the class, please email me at tctolbert (at) email.arizona.edu.
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Non-degree seeking students can take the course but they have to have official non-degree seeking status. If this applies to you, be sure to apply for admission as a non-degree seeking student. Go here:  http://admissions.arizona.edu/other/non-degree-seeking-students 

The Rhetoric of Trans According to Popular Culture

Trans/plant/portation

Trigger Warning: This post discusses suicide and violence toward trans people.

This week the Williams Institute at UCLA released further analysis from the National Transgender Discrimination Survey conducted a couple of years ago with the National Task Force (formerly NGLTF). The point of analysis? Transgender suicide attempts, which the survey found had occurred in forty-one percent of the more than 6,000 responses. This would mean that suicide ideation—thinking about suicide or considering suicide—would be even higher (but these data weren’t captured in the survey itself). The Williams Institute analysts, Ann Haas, Philip Rogers, and Jody Herman (a dear friend of mine), looked at other correlations in the data in order to find any drivers for suicide attempts. You can read their full analysis at the link above.

In the context of this month’s completely inappropriate article in Grantland.com, in which an aspiring sportswriter outed a trans woman and in which…

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Welcome to 2014 – our class is finally here!

Please see the Syllabus tab for required books, information about the shape and tenor of the class, and the daily schedule. All future class updates will be made through D2L, not here on this webpage. However, I will leave this website up as a resource for others building trans and genderqueer lit courses and those interested in catching up on some trans and genderqueer lit. There is some incredible work being done by trans and genderqueer writers, artists, and thinkers out there. I hope you enjoy it.

Let us begin!

Hello and welcome!

Thank you for stopping by to find out more about Trans and Genderqueer Literature at the University of Arizona. Here are a few important details:

This course will be offered in Spring 2014.

Class will be held Mondays, 5:30-8pm at UA with TC Tolbert.

This class can be counted as an elective

in the English or Creative Writing major or minor.

To register for the course, sign up for GWS 300, Section 791 – Special Topics.

In this groundbreaking course, we will study poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction by trans and genderqueer authors. We will explore a variety of theoretical, cultural, and political contexts as we analyze the evolving literary discourses on trans and genderqueer experiences. You do not need to be trans or genderqueer identified to take this course. In fact, I encourage allies to sign up! You do, however, need to have a basic understanding of trans and genderqueer identities. We will build upon that knowledge quickly, so it will be important that you have done some work/reading on your own. For a list of suggested intro readings, go to the page marked “suggested texts.”

If you have questions about the class, please email me at tctolbert (at) email.arizona.edu.

Non-degree seeking students can take the course but they have to have official non-degree seeking status. If this applies to you, be sure to apply for admission as a non-degree seeking student. Go here:  http://admissions.arizona.edu/other/non-degree-seeking-students 

I look forward to working with you!