Final Paper First Draft

Hi All,

Please find three final paper topics below.  Again, a draft that has at least four paragraphs, 1.5 spacing, 1 inch margins is due when we meet after the upcoming holiday break, November 28th, as a paper copy you can share in class.  Should you like to pursue a paper topic of your own, please send me an abstract.

The final paper is cumulative, meaning that it reflects all that you’ve learned in the class.  In its entirety, your paper will be five to seven pages, double spaced, with 1 inch margins.  Your paper is an expression of how you understand the various ideas and theories presented by the authors.  As such, you’ll need at least five references.  Please keep in mind that you are welcome use texts not read in class, but they need to demonstrate some academic worth.  Should you have any questions about the source you’d like to use, please ask.


1. Cathy Cohen speaks directly to “the radical potential of queer politics” in its ability to allow marginalized or queered people to unite in order to dismantle patriarchy, racism, and sexism, to name a few.  She argued that many people fit under the marginalized/queer umbrella in United States society, not just those in same-sex relationships: single unwed mothers, poor people, the (intellectually or physically) disabled, people not of Judeo-Christian faiths, people of color, etc.  Outside of queer politics, what do you see the radical potential of?  Where?  How does this radical potentiality emerge? What population(s) does it seek to engage?

2. Choose one film to pair with a set (two or three) of readings.  Please note – each week of reading has had a theme.  However, this does not mean that you have to choose texts that were read together.  Place the film and the texts in conversation with each other: how does the film’s thesis fit with the readings?  Do they share anticipated audiences?  Are the same problems/solutions identified?  How do they compliment and/or clash with each other?  Are they (the film and the readings) attempting to advance a particular politics?
(I’ve provided a Critical Film/TV Worksheet under Rubrics to guide you as you watch your film of choice.  Remember, this is not asking you for a film review, it is asking you to engage the film alongside the academic texts you’ve read.)

Film choices: Kids, Paris is Burning, The Celluloid Closet, or Indie Sex: Teens

(Note: these are IMDB links.)

3. Is empathy a political position?  Other than Mahnaz Afkhami, where do you see empathy
addressed and for what purpose?  Who is supposed to be empathetic or receive empathy?