This course will introduce students to scholarship on gender and sexuality from the 1970s to the present. The contemporary U.S. will be our point of departure, and we will expand our scope to other historical and cultural contexts in the modern world. In the first half of the semester, we will approach scholarly debates chronologically, studying how key concerns and innovations developed over the course of a generation, from women’s studies and intersectionality to queer and trans studies. In the second half of the semester, we will read cutting-edge scholarship published in the past few years by the next generation of scholars, whose work may serve as a model for your own. Over the course of the semester, we will read canonical texts through the lens of gender and sexuality, and we will also study efforts to make the canon more inclusive by attending to texts and subjects on the margins. In the process, we will introduce key theories and methods that historians and literary critics use in the study of gender and sexuality.