Course Description

In The Queer Art of Failure, Jack Halberstam speaks up for the generative possibilities of “failing, losing, forgetting, unmaking, undoing, unbecoming, and not knowing.” Political, aesthetic, and interpretive failures, Halberstam argues, allow for “more creative, more cooperative, more surprising ways of being in the world” than those practices we qualify as “success.” This class will examine literary representations of failure, in dialogue with various modes of queer, postcolonial, and affect theory, exploring various forms of failure that question our ideals of productivity and value, wholeness and health, beauty and truth.

We will use this course blog to develop a conversation about various kinds of failure. To each blog you should attach a few tags; feel free also to include images, hyperlinks, etc.


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