Yale Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Volume 3, Issue 1
fall 2012
Editor, Geetanjali Singh Chanda
Managing Editors, Linda Hase & Craig Canfield
Layout Design, Nick Appleby

Introduction to LGBT Studies

by Maya Binyam, '15

"Introduction to LGBT Studies" is an unfairly named course. This assertion is by no means a criticism of the course's content; in this dynamic seminar, Professor Joe Fischel introduces us to a diverse community of scholars and theorists (including Aristophanes, Freud, Foucault, and Butler, among others), but our conversations about these people and their ideas are never introductory. By encouraging constant questioning, evaluation, and reevaluation, Professor Fischel fosters an honest student-driven discourse that transcends the limits of the "LGBT" acronym both in scope and in depth. Students recognize the importance of the historical contexts of events and spaces as diverse as Fairy New York and terrorist drag, but are simultaneously urged to delineate patterns of power and identification that are reflected, fractured, and reconfigured non-chronologically. This class is an introduction to LGBT Studies. It is also much more.

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