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ERIC Number: EJ882777
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0951-8398
"After-Queer": Subjunctive Pedagogies
Talburt, Susan
International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education (QSE), v23 n1 p49-64 Jan 2010
This article offers a reading of the 2006 film "The History Boys", which depicts eight male working-class grammar school students preparing for exams to enter Oxford and Cambridge and two teachers who prepare them. I read the film's subjunctive mood, which gestures to possibility and an "otherwise", as connected to an analytic of "after-queer" that complicates linear understandings of youth, sexuality, development, and education. I elaborate three intertwined themes: the boys' multiple relations to school knowledge; the blurring of categories of youth and adult through circulations of sexuality; and the dislocation of desire from predictable categories of identity. I connect the unpredictability and creativity of identities and desires to the need to open the research imagination to a subjunctive methodology that dwells in complicated temporalities, uncertain knowledges, and disorder that underlies seeming orders. (Contains 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom; United Kingdom (England)