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ERIC Number: EJ818664
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 17
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-1534-9322
Reproductions of (Il) Literacy: Gay Cultural Knowledge and First-Year Composition Pedagogy
Goshert, John
Composition Studies, v36 n1 p11-27 Spr 2008
In this article, the author focuses on John Rechy's debut novel, "City of Night," to consider how cultural pressures, and later disciplinary pressures in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender/Transsexual/queer (LGBT/q) studies, affect the acquisition of critical literacies, particularly among students and scholars who follow the moment of gay emergence Rechy documents in "City" and in later works. The author also draws some connections between the short history of LGBT/q studies and ongoing conversations among compositionists in order to trace shared tendencies in those fields, which play out in provocative ways around recent applications of multimodal writing pedagogies. As the author argues, the fields are particularly connected through the pedagogical pressures that shape ways in which students are either invited into or further distanced from the challenges and complexities of their critical histories. Ultimately, the intersection of gay cultural history and composition theories signal the importance of challenging persistent pressures to accommodate facile, and even injurious, conceptions of normativity at the expense of sustaining critical engagement with the cultural, aesthetic, and institutional problems that originally impelled these two fields. This paper reflects the author's concerns about the seduction of order, the process of normalization, and the effects of that process on the ways in which one conceives of and draw upon radical traditions. (Contains 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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