Poetry and Resistance beyond the Gender Binary

Subject code


Course Number



I. Ellasante

Course Long Title

Poetry and Resistance beyond the Gender Binary


What is the gender binary? Who are those who resist it, circumvent it, or otherwise exist beyond it? Can the constraint of this binary be a site of creative production? This course examines the work of trans*, nonbinary, and Two-Spirit poets and writers. Topics include a range of marginalized and gender-expansive identities, the use of language to expand gender, movements for justice and liberation, and the function of poetry in the work of resistance. Students pay particular attention to the role of race, socioeconomic class, citizenship, and ability and the writing of Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and Asian poets.

Modes of Inquiry

Historical and Social Inquiry [HS]

Writing Credit


Class Restriction

Exclude Sophomores, Exclude Juniors, Exclude Seniors, 05