Welcome to the public blog for a class offered at Stanford University in the Winter of 2013, Introduction to Comparative Queer Literary Studies. Situated at the intersections of comparative literature, queer theory, and feminist studies, the course investigates queer literature from the 1880s to today, in a variety of genres and across different cultures. We invite you to participate and interact with us via the comments sections on this course blog, on Twitter (#queerlit), and via email. This class is not a typical MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) in that the public cannot submit quizzes or exams or gain a certificate of completion, for instance, but it has some MOOC-like features: it consciously reaches out to learners beyond the borders of the classroom and welcomes individual and public involvement. We love to see where you’re from, what brought you to the site, and what your interests are.
I believe this may be the first queer studies course that consciously reaches out beyond the borders of the physical classroom to invite and involve the public in what we study. If you’re a student, a teacher, or lover of literature and you’re interested in learning more about queer issues, books, and literary theory from an academic and intellectual perspective, this course is for you. My hope is that we’ll have vibrant discussions online as well as offline, about what it means to “compare”, to “queer”, and to “theorize”. Learn and discuss with us! Welcome!
The instructor (@petradt on Twitter):
Petra Dierkes-Thrun is a Lecturer in the Comparative Literature Department at Stanford University and the author of Salome’s Modernity: Oscar Wilde and the Aesthetics of Transgression (University of Michigan Press, 2011). She also edits The Latchkey: Journal of New Woman Studies (together with Sharon Bickle, University of Queensland), an international academic open-access journal affiliated with The Oscholars and published by The Rivendale Press (UK).
Petra Dierkes-Thrun blogs at literatureillumnations.org about her current experiments with digital pedagogy in the traditional humanities, specifically in literature and cultural studies teaching in higher education. She recently participated in and helped lead a workshop on humanities MOOCs at Duke University and talked about her experiences preparing and teaching Oscar Wilde and the French Decadents, a previous partially open, online literature seminar at Stanford (Fall 2012). The Duke workshop video recording can be found here.
Another talk, also at Duke University, is online on youtube as well: “Oscar Wilde’s Afterimages: Oscar Wilde and the Commodification of Queer Culture.”