Final Exam Submission Form

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Optional Final Journal

This is an optional final journal post. It is not required. If you choose to submit it (and write a substantive, thoughtful response to the given question) you will receive 1% extra credit toward your final course grade. You can also do this one just for fun, even if you don’t need the extra credit! You must submit it by 8pm on Wednesday, May 9th in order to receive the extra credit.

You can answer one or more of the below questions:

a) In reflecting back on this course, which reading, clip, or discussion(s) did you find most productive for your thinking about queerness and popular culture? Explain.

b) Which student project (other than your own) did you find most compelling? Why? How do you see it as relating to what you have learned in this course?

b) Do you see anything you learned in the course as being useful in your future (either personal or professional)? Explain.

Blog Prompt 4

Reflect back on the idea of “making trouble” – think back to your initial blog post on making trouble; having gone through this course, have your thoughts changed about the example you described there? What insights would you add if you were writing that post today? If one of our authors were to read your blog post, how do you imagine they would respond? (You can choose a specific author/reading to speculate about here.)

Please post your response as a new comment here. In order to receive credit for this assignment, you must post by 8pm on Sunday, May 6th. You must also indicate who you are in your post (initials or a pseudonym are fine, as long as I can identify you to give you credit).

You are also encouraged to reply to other students’ comments if you find them enjoyable or thought-provoking.

Journal Prompt 5

For this Journal, you will be submitting a proposal for your second paper/project. In order to receive credit, you must submit your response by Sunday, April 15th.

This proposal is a *required* component of your second paper/project. If you do not submit one, you will receive a zero for your second paper/project grade. That means it is better late than never, even if you don’t receive credit for the journal entry.

Queers Read This: I Hate Straights

This is the text of a pamphlet distributed at the 1990 New York Gay Pride march.

Think about how this relates to the ideas we’ve encountered in this week’s readings on Queer Publics. We’ll discuss in class (feel free to comment here as well).

Blog Prompt 3

Take a “field trip” into queer public space (you can interpret this however you want – talk to me if you  need ideas – you may write about The Out Hotel if you wish). You may want to visit a site that is important to queer collective memory (like the places mentioned in the readings for this week). You might instead want to visit a less well-known space (e.g. a gay bar in your hometown). What objects and behaviors do you observe in the space? Who is visible in the space? What is your own personal experience of moving through the space? How does what is happening in that space trouble normative categories of gender, sexuality, etc.?

Please post your response as a new comment here. In order to receive credit for this assignment, you must post by 8pm on Sunday, April 8th. You must also indicate who you are in your post (initials or a pseudonym are fine, as long as I can identify you to give you credit).

You are also encouraged to reply to other students’ comments if you find them enjoyable or thought-provoking.

Journal Prompt 4: Collective Book Review

Your “journal” assignment this week is to submit amendments and additions to the collective book review we began in class on Wednesday (March 21st). I will post the review as a wiki, which you will all be able to edit. You should make your edits by 8pm on Sunday, March 25th. Once everyone has made their edits, I will streamline the review and post it to our class website. Hopefully this review will serve as a resource both for ourselves and for other at-large readers who are interested in Queer Youth Cultures.

(This assignment inspired by the HASTAC Scholars’ crowdsourced book review of Nakamura & Chow-White’s Race After the Internet.)

Journal Prompt 3

For your Journal assignment, you can respond to any of the below sets of questions. You only need to choose ONE (1, 2, OR 3). In order to receive credit, you must submit your response by 8pm on Sunday, March 4th.

1. Choose a reading assigned since your last journal entry and answer the following questions:

  • What did you like about this reading?
  • What did you find particularly relevant about this reading?
  • What did you find particularly difficult about this reading?
  • Do you have questions after completing this reading? What are they?

2. Choose an example from popular culture you have seen since your last journal entry and answer the following questions:

  • How did you see this example as relating to concepts of queerness?
  • Do you think this example would be good to show someone else to explain the concept of queerness?
  • How would you use it to explain queerness to someone who hasn’t taken a class about it?

3. Describe a personal encounter you’ve had outside of this class (since your last journal entry) that you saw as relevant to the material from this course. How do you see them as related?

Only I will be able to read what you submit in this form. It will *not* be published on this website.

Blog Prompt 2

Read this interview with Judith/Jack Halberstam. For your blog post, write a thoughtful response. Do you find any of Halberstam’s positions particularly compelling? Are there any points you disagree with? What further questions come up for you after reading this interview?

You may either post your response as a comment here, or better yet, post it as a comment on the original piece! In order to receive credit for this assignment, you must post by 8pm on Sunday, February 26th (if you decide to post on the original piece, just comment here with a link that says so).

Journal Prompt 2

For your Journal assignment, you can respond to any of the below sets of questions. You only need to choose ONE (1, 2, OR 3). In order to receive credit, you must submit your response by 8pm on Sunday, February 19th.

1. Choose a reading assigned since your last journal entry and answer the following questions:

  • What did you like about this reading?
  • What did you find particularly relevant about this reading?
  • What did you find particularly difficult about this reading?
  • Do you have questions after completing this reading? What are they?

2. Choose an example from popular culture you have seen since your last journal entry and answer the following questions:

  • How did you see this example as relating to concepts of queerness?
  • Do you think this example would be good to show someone else to explain the concept of queerness?
  • How would you use it to explain queerness to someone who hasn’t taken a class about it?

3. Describe a personal encounter you’ve had outside of this class (since your last journal entry) that you saw as relevant to the material from this course. How do you see them as related?

Only I will be able to read what you submit in this form. It will *not* be published on this website.