Course Readings


On Using the Trans Panic Defense” & “Behold! A Spectacle” – Chrysanthemum Tran

Ekphrasis on Unsolicited Dick Pic” & “Burning Haibun” – Torrin A. Greathouse

The Bath” – Tyler Vile

“Girl” & “Bronx Antipastoral (#1-#6)” – Christina Olivares

“Dear Gone” by Grey Vild

I GOT LOST / I GOT DELETED – Andrea Abi-Karam



Fierces Femmes and Notorious Liars: A Trans Girl’s Confabulous Memoir – Kai Cheng Thom

“A Love Like in the Movies,” and “Couldn’t Hear You Talk Anymore” by Casey Plett

“Falafel” by Ryka Aoki



excerpts from That’s Revolting!: Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore

excerpts from Zami: A New Spelling for My Name by Audre Lorde

“Uses of Anger” – Audre Lorde

“The Transformation of Silence into Action and Language” – Audre Lorde

excerpts from Between Men by Eve Sedgwick

“The Comedy-Destroying, Soul-Affirming Art of Hannah Gadsby” by Melena Ryzik

excerpts from The Argonauts – Maggie Nelson

“Body of a Poem: Transition as Act of Consent//Writing as Act of Consent//Ghosts as Act of Consent” – Zefyr Lisowski

When the First Voice You Hear Is Not Your Own by Jacqueline Jones Royster

“The Literary Renaissance of Trans Women Writers” – Katharine Cross

“Rise of the Gender Novel” by Casey Plett

How Pose Changed My Life — And Season 2 Will Change the Future” by DEVIN-NORELLE


Visual/Digital Texts:

Black Mirror Season 3 Episode 6: San Junipero (Netflix)

Questions Non Trans People Are Too Afraid To Ask | Buzzfeed

Nanette (Netflix) – Hannah Gadsby

Pose (FX)

Kat Blaque

Make Me Feel – Janelle Monae

Transgender Rights: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

Mykki Blanco feat. Jean Deaux – “Loner”

Porpentine games!

Techne by Jackie Rhodes//Jon Alexander


RE: Grading

“Why I Don’t Grade” by Jesse Stommel

“How to Ungrade” by Jesse Stommel

“(Un)Grading: It Can Be Done in College” by Laura Gibbs

“My Grading System FAQ” by Traci Gardner

“Labor Log” by Traci Gardner

“All Teachers Should Be Trained to Overcome Their Hidden Biases” by SORAYA CHEMALY

Straub “Responding to Other Students”

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