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ERIC Number: EJ915067
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 30
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0889-6143
Queering the Writing Center
Denny, Harry
Writing Center Journal, v30 n1 p95-124 2010
Composition classrooms and writing centers are spaces where negotiation of academic, social, cultural, and political identities are ubiquitous, yet research has not produced adequate theory and practice to help tutors and writers navigate identity production and its politics. This article seeks to begin conversations that might lead to better awareness of the interplay of identity, discursive practice, and composition, most specifically in the writing center. Alongside the need for talk about identity politics (and perhaps as a consequence of its absence) is the need to include the perspective of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender studies (or what some have come to call "queer theory"). This intellectual work foregrounds identity and the experiences of constructing and assuming codes of self, community, and nationality for autonomy and pride. On one level, this article calls attention to the ways that queer theory can inform what people do in writing centers, but on another level, it cautions against an identity politics that positions any epistemology as offering a totalizing way of knowing. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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