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ENG 271

Sexual identity and the complexities of drama…

ENG 271: Introduction to Literature: Genre – Queer Drama

Summer 1 & 2

What does it mean to represent sexual identity on stage? How does the vulnerability of being on stage mirror the vulnerability of "coming out"? And how does it mirror the desire to hide behind a mask and perform an alternate identity? How does performance relate to queerness? In this class, we will explore the genre of drama and we will specifically focus on drama that addresses LGBTQ issues. Plays like Tony Kushnerʻs Angels in America, David Henry Hwangʻs M. Butterfly, and William Shakespeareʻs As You Like It will form the foundation of our course. We will consider how the themes of sexuality and sexual identity on stage cross the boundaries of history, and we will look to queer authors and characters to teach us about performance and the complexities of drama. We will also view the extraordinary documentary Paris is Burning, a landmark film that explores vogue-ing within Black and Latino drag culture.

Fulfills the general education requirement: WI, NI, DL

About the Instructor
Dr. Jade Higa was born and raised in Kāneʻohe, Hawaiʻi. She received her BA in English from UH Manoa and her MA and PhD from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. Her academic passions include eighteenth-century literature, queer studies, and celebrity studies. Her other passions include knitting, dogs, and coffee/tea.

For inquiries about the course, email Dr. Higa:

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Term Dates

  • Summer 1
    May 22 – June 30, 2017
  • Summer 2
    July 3 – August 11, 2017
  • Varied Date Courses
    Class schedules vary between May 22 – August 11, 2017

  • Registration Dates
    UHM Seniors
    March 7
    UHM Continuing
    March 8
    New or Visiting
    March 14

Questions? Contact Us

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Honolulu, HI 96822

Phone: (808) 956-7221