Queer Theory
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Art and Design History and Theory
Department: Art and Design History
Course Number: PLVS 3129
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Art History, Theory & Criticism
  • Cultural Studies
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies
Since the 1980’s, the fields of queer and transgender theory have emerged as powerful forces in philosophy, literature, art, and our culture at large. Particularly, this movement has been an occasion to re-pose fundamental philosophical and artistic questions: What is a body? How can we understand gender and where is it located? How can we think about the relationship between the physicality of bodies and the immaterial realm of identity, beliefs about gender, and cultural norms? Scholars in the field of Visual Studies have had a particular investment in these questions, as theories of perception, representation, and the cultural construction of vision hinge on theories of the body and embodiment. In this seminar we will focus on queer and transgender theory’s explorations and reconsiderations of the body and explore the ways that these ideas have cross-pollinated with artistic production across disciplines.
Course Open to: Degree Students
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: All university undergraduate degree students. Pre-requisite(s): first-year university writing course and at least one prior history or methods course in art, media, film, or visual culture


Open to Undergraduate students.