Monday’s Class

Hi All,

I’ll be posting an Online Response in a moment along with a reading for Monday.

Class on Monday will be halved – the first half covering the last reading, the second half a peer review in which I’ll include myself.  So please bring the drafts you’ve completed up to this point with a third draft that has at least one (1) new paragraph.  This will give you three reviewed drafts of your final paper, something I hope will help you better compose your thoughts and compile textual support as you wrap up your final.  Again, please note you can send drafts to me up to the 14th.



Back to Your Regular Scheduled Programming

Hi All,

I really hope that the Writing Workshop/Peer Review helped you in sorting out thoughts, articulating your ideas (in talking to your reviewers and in your drafts), and generally gave you an glimpse at what some critiques of your papers may look like.  You’ll get them back on Monday with my questions/comments, and we can discuss those then.

I’ll post readings and an Online Response shortly.

Peer Review

Hi All,

Really good job on the peer review – I’ve been reading your comments and suggestions to each other, and many of you made excellent points or recommendations.  You’ll note check marks where I agreed with your peer reviewer when you get your drafts back on Wednesday.

Remember that for Wednesday you need your edited draft with the solo part of the peer review.

The final paper is due Wednesday, December 21st by midnight there is no final exam.  Instructors are given a week to grade, if your paper is late, I can’t grade it.

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?

Extra Credit

Hi All,

For this extra credit assignment, you have two options.

Option One: You can provide me with proof that you voted (examples include – a picture of you with an “I Voted” sticker/ribbon/pin, you in front of your voting district, a voting receipt, etc.  DO NOT TAKE A PICTURE OF YOUR BALLOT, THAT’S ILLEGAL!)

Option Two: A one-page, double spaced paper on how you see something in this class at work in this election.  Think about the academic words that get thrown around in your articles, terms like hegemony and intersectionality.  How do you see one or both of the candidates interact with your chosen term/idea?

This will be due November 16th, a Wednesday.  Successful completion will earn an A/50/50.