Queer Bibliographies

Course Information

Instructor: J. D. Sargan
Location: Online
August 7–11, 2023


In this course we explore the developing field(s) of queer bibliography. LGBTQIA2S+ identities have historically passed undocumented—today’s queer archives remain spaces more accessible to some than to others. Queer bibliography presents a way to think critically about how such histories were and are documented, and offers an alternative means of accessing the queer identities of the past via the materials they wrote, read, and used. We will focus on bibliography widely defined as the study of textual objects. Students might come to the course with particular collections or objects of interest in mind, or they may begin from a point of discovery and exploration. We will draw on the fields of critical theory, literature, biography, and library science and experiment with the tools that these areas provide for the pursuit of book history. Students should be prepared to read widely, think imaginatively, and work collaboratively. This course will take place online with synchronous and asynchronous components. It will include digital visits to archives and creative work, alongside groupreading and discussions. Students should expect to leave the course with many ideas, few answers, and the knowledge that they are part of a nascent field that they have the tools to shape.



2023 (new)


Completion of this course helps to meet requirements for one of the following certificate requirements:

  • 1 of 3 elective credit courses for Certificate in Rare Books and Manuscripts, or
  • 1 of 2 elective credit courses for Certificate in Librarianship, Activism, and Justice