Dr. Heather Jeronimo, 1:00-1:50 MWF
Fulfills LAC Category VA
Course Description: In this interdisciplinary course, students will learn key concepts and themes within Queer Theory, including readings drawn from Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Studies. We will begin the class by studying some of the foremost thinkers and critics in the field in order to understand how Queer Theory emerged and developed. In addition to theory, students will interact with speakers, view movies, and read selected works of literature related to Queer Studies, all within a transnational context. The readings for this class have been selected to be representative of writers of various genders, sexualities, cultures, and social standings, although one class on Queer Theory could never include an exhaustive list of writing from queer thinkers. Students will explore and question a variety of topics in this class, including gender performativity, masculinity in crisis, queerness and disability, marginalized queer populations, power and institutionalized oppression, and challenges and future directions of Queer Theory. This class intends to provide students with just as many questions as answers, leading them to further explore the relevance of Queer Theory within our ever more globalized world.
In addition to familiarizing students with key concepts and thinkers within the field of Queer Theory, this class aims to create a broad understanding of the diversity of meanings and interpretations of queerness, across cultures and amongst various groups. Students are expected to be active learners, creating and participating in an intellectual community through discussions and presentations that promote students’ ability to critically evaluate and engage with primary theoretical sources while respecting one another’s perspectives and creative thinking skills.
Professor Biography: Dr. Heather Jerónimo is an Associate Professor of Spanish at the University of Northern Iowa. She specializes in 20th and 21st -century Spanish literature and film, with particular focus on topics of gender, sexuality, and non-normative familial relationships. Among other classes, Dr. Jerónimo teaches upper-level seminars such as the Hispanic Graphic Novel, the Spanish Civil War, and Hispanic Family in Film. Dr. Jerónimo’s research has been published in several journals, including Bulletin of Spanish Studies, Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos, and Letras femeninas. During the summer, Dr. Jerónimo leads a two-week Capstone in Barcelona, Spain.