Looking at the Symposium with a queer theoretical view


The purpose of this assignment is to articulate a response to one point you found to be subject to criticism.


Platos The Symposium
Eve Sedgwick “Epistemology of the Closet”
Judith Butler “Imitation and Gender Insubordination”

In his Symposium, Plato images a glittering array of Greek artists, thinkers, and leaders dedicating their time to praise the god Eros. In Greek thought, eros did not just mean sexual passion but included any of the bodily desires such as hunger and thirst. However, the men at this drinking party are largely concerned with sexual passion. They also celebrate pederasty besides homosexuality. Athenian culture had developed a social system that encouraged relations between younger and older men, with which Plato disagreed. In The Symposium, Plato will wrestle with Eross power, subdue it, and put it in the service of virtue.

Writing Assignment

Using a Gender Studies or Queer theoretical framework, respond critically to the following:

What can we learn from The Symposium

if we apply a Gender Studies or Queer Theoretical framework?


Please type three pages of double-spaced
Times New Roman
12-point font
One-inch margins
Include an original title
Include quotes so that I can identify what specific words or ideas you are responding to
Quote from both Plato and Sedgwick or Butler

Responding critically means you look closely at logic, rhetoric, theory, metaphor, analogies, symbols, language, gender, structures, opinions, beliefs, feelings, the mind, the setting (the context), the culture, and any other linguistically charged letter, word, or phrase to analyze a specific word, phrase, topic, sentence, paragraph, speech, dialogue, quote, or short passage.

Begin by introducing the author, the title of the text, and a summary of what you think the overall meaning of the text is.
Then, as you move into the body of your reader response narrow your focus to the point you found interesting in The Symposium.
Remember to provide specific evidence from the text; dont rely on routine responses (i.e. avoid saying or repeating that you found this point interesting without telling me why.
And when you explain why one or two points are interesting, take your time to develop your ideas.
Dont assume your reader will believe you if you just explain why something is interesting in a few words.

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