ERIC Number: EJ832260
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Reference Count: 7
Literacy, Sexuality, and the Value(s) of Queer Young Adult Literatures
Banks, William P.
English Journal, v98 n4 p33-36 Mar 2009
In this article, the author discusses that there is an abundance of quality LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) literature for young adults, filled with complexly rendered and experiences that mirror the often difficult and often exciting lives that young LGBT people live today. English language arts teachers work in a genuinely new and exciting space, where texts of various kinds are available to render queer and youth experiences in ways that support and nurture readers. The author's concern for the limits of currently available queer young adult literature are not meant to encourage teachers to wait for "better" books or to avoid completely the enterprise of bringing these texts into their classrooms, using the lens of critical literacy. While "coming out" comprises the bulk of LGBT books for young readers, these new texts contain other issues as well; part of teachers' work can be to encourage students to read the available texts both empathetically" and "critically", aware of the contexts that bring these books into existence and how changes in their culture could provide more positive, complex experiences for all.
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Literacy, Sexuality, Homosexuality, Literature, English, Language Arts, Critical Reading, Empathy, Teaching Methods, Cultural Awareness
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