ERIC Number: ED366962
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Introducing Lesbian and Gay Fiction into the College Classroom.
Marchesani, Joseph J.
A college writing instructor used lesbian and gay fiction in three of his classes--two freshman composition classes and a science fiction class. His university accepted the instructor's right to use these materials and acknowledged students' rights to opt out of the classes after they learned the requirements of the class. The instructor viewed his role as model (being an openly gay faculty member), mentor (balancing confrontation and reassurance when raising issues of sexual identity), and as judge (weighing the quality of the students' work). In the composition classes, the readings were arranged to be more challenging as the term went on. The science fiction class was divided into three segments: biological distinctions between men and women; social and cultural distinctions between masculinity and femininity; and sexist and homophobic stereotypes. The instructor has been met with some resistance from some students. Four or five students out of 25 chose to drop the section each term, while other sections of freshman composition sections close out. Among the students who stay in the course, there are always several who are easy to remember for their overt resistance to the objectives and the materials in the course. In both semesters of the freshman composition course, three-fourths of the students wrote in comments on the course evaluation forms that the concentration on gay and lesbian issues was the least-liked aspect of the course. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Cultural Sensitivity; Homosexual Literature
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English (83rd, Pittsburgh, PA, November 17-22, 1993).