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ERIC Number: EJ868247
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-0010-096X
Cruising Composition Texts: Negotiating Sexual Difference in First-Year Readers
Marinara, Martha; Alexander, Jonathan; Banks, William P.; Blackmon, Samantha
College Composition and Communication, v61 n2 p269-296 Dec 2009
The article describes and analyzes the exclusion of LGBT content in composition courses by reporting on a study of how queerness is (and is not) incorporated into first-year writing courses. The authors critically examine the presence or absence of LGBT issues in first-year composition readers; offer analyses of how some first-year readers handle issues of queerness; and consider how queerness, when it is included in composition textbooks, is framed rhetorically as a subject for writing. The article concludes with recommendations for those seeking to explore issues of sexuality in ways that are productive for students, other faculty, and our profession. Ultimately, the authors demonstrate that, while some ground has been gained in understanding sexual difference as an important domain for students to explore, there is still much work to be done in creating textbooks that invite students to think critically and usefully about the interconnections among sexuality, literacy, and writing. (Contains 3 tables and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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