ERIC Number: EJ1028100
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
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"You're Wearing Kurt's Necklace!"The Rhetorical Power of "Glee" in the Literacy Classroom
Falter, Michelle M.
Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, v57 n4 p289-297 Dec 2013-Jan 2014
Adolescents often bring popular culture into school, but often these literacies are not embraced or taught in the English classroom. The author makes the case for using "Glee" in the classroom by demonstrating its persuasive power to disrupt heteronormative notions of gender and sexuality with teens. The author uses a feminist rhetorical analysis, rooted in Judith Butler's notions of gender performativity, and parody as a subversive tool, to closely examine the characters, actions, and dialogue in one LGBT-themed "Glee" episode. The article concludes with implications for teachers, LGBT youth, and non-LGBT youth and offers recommendations for using "Glee" to discuss bullying, stereotyping, and marginalization through media literacy practices. As people become more accepting of marginalized groups, the article asserts that schools need to mirror those changes within classroom walls.
Descriptors: Popular Culture, Adolescents, Literacy Education, Television, Gender Issues, Sexuality, Feminism, Rhetorical Theory, Homosexuality, Sexual Orientation, Sexual Identity, Teaching Methods, Social Justice, Bullying, Stereotypes, Mass Media Effects
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
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