Seminar

Seminar

Fall 2011

Undoing Marriage, Remaking the Social Contract

The modern state has long sought to regulate domestic arrangements, from criminalizing miscegenation and polygamy, to assessing whether the privileges of citizenship should be extended through marriage. This seminar will engage with scholarly as well as creative work that disrupts this longstanding linkage of (heterosexual) marriage and the social contract whether by theorizing the social contract differently, or by attending to alternative modes of personal and communal association (both contemporary and historical).

Undoing Marriage, Remaking the Social Contract

Alyson Cole is Associate Professor of Political Science at Queens College and The Graduate Center, CUNY. She is the author of The Cult of True Victimhood: From the War on Welfare to the War on Terror (Stanford University Press, 2006). Her articles have appeared in journals including Signs, American Studies, Feminist Studies, and the Michigan Law Review. Cole is currently working on a new book on the politics of affective labor.

Glenn Burger is Professor of English at Queens College and Professor of English and Medieval Studies at The Graduate Center, CUNY, where he also coordinates the Medieval Studies Certificate Program. He is the author of Chaucer’s Queer Nation (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2003), and is completing a book titled Conduct Becoming: Representing Good Wives and Husbands in the Later Middle Ages

Karen Weiser is a mother, poet and doctoral candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center. She lives in New York City and writes on politics and aesthetics in early American literature. Her first full-length collection To Light Out (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010) was a Norma Faber First Book Award Finalist.