It's About Style


Spring 2015 quarter

Taught by

literature, queer studies
media studies, gender & women's studies, sexuality and queer studies

This program offers an introduction to queer studies and an avenue to continue the study of literature and visual culture that students may have begun in “It’s About Time.” Through the critical study of film and fiction students will expand their appreciation for how words and images open horizons of understanding sex and gender and the cultural politics of sex and gender.

Style (in literature, film, art, fashion, design) is notoriously easy to recognize and challenging to define. You know an Olympia hipster when you see one, but what makes a hipster “hip”?

Queer writers, critics and media artists have historically deployed styles at once visible and elusive. Why? To what effects? (Think: Ziggy Stardust. Think: Margaret Cho.)

This program will explore style as an aesthetic and political practice. We will focus on queer politics and on ways that gender and sexuality might interrupt narratives that, on their surface, appear quite tranquil. Our visual studies will center on narrative cinema; our textual studies will focus on novels. Expect to devote long hours to reading richly stylized fiction, literary criticism and queer theory. Expect also to write expository essays.

A sense of fashion is not a prerequisite, but a willingness to explore style (in your writing, at least) is.

Program Details

Fields of Study

Preparatory for studies or careers in

literature, film studies, writing, gender and sexuality studies.

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Day


Buy books for this program through Greener Bookstore.

Online Learning

Enhanced Online Learning: Access to web-based tools required, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.

Required Fees

$50 for entrance fees to museums and the theater.


Date Revision
January 26th, 2015 Julie Russo will be teaching Reading with Alison Bechdel: Queer and Feminist Frameworks. Please refer to the description in the catalog.
November 12th, 2013 Julie Russo joins the teaching team; enrollment has been increased.

Registration Information

Credits: 16 (Spring)

Class standing: Freshmen–Sophomore; 50% of the seats are reserved for freshmen

Maximum enrollment: 46


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