Some Recent Queer Aesthetics*

$65.00 Members
$75.00 Non-members

One of the defining features of queerness, as an aesthetic in art and in life, is resistance to definition, and the last thing we want to do is draw lines around what counts as “queer” and what doesn’t. Instead, we’ll look at a number of recent artists across genre (music, dance, poetry) for whom queerness, however understood, is important to artistic practice. Some questions we’ll consider: How do affective and sexual alliances inflect aesthetic alliances? How might diversely shaped erotic and affective lives contribute to innovative narrative forms? What is the relationship between sex and style? What aesthetic modes traditionally coded as queer—melodrama, camp, travesty, grand opera, soap opera, the freak show, the carnival, the burlesque—continue to supply queer artists with resources we find useful?

*This class is a large seminar (for up to 30 people).

Instructor: Garth Greenwell Learn More


Jun 15, 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm