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Professions of Desire: Lesbian and Gay Studies in Literature

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The First collection of essays to address issues concerning lesbian and gay studies in the undergraduate classroom, Professions of Desire will challenge teachers and students of literature with new materials, new approaches, and new ideas. Professions of Desire includes examples of lesbian and gay critical analysis and thoughtful discussions about what it means to be lesbian, gay, or queer in the classroom.
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The First collection of essays to address issues concerning lesbian and gay studies in the undergraduate classroom, Professions of Desire will challenge teachers and students of literature with new materials, new approaches, and new ideas. Professions of Desire includes examples of lesbian and gay critical analysis and thoughtful discussions about what it means to be lesbian, gay, or queer in the classroom.
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A collection of 18 essays addressing issues in lesbian and gay studies in the undergraduate classroom. The contributions examine such topics as teaching from a theoretical perspective, curricular and organizational shifts warranted by lesbian and gay studies, and the influence of race, gender, and sexuality on gay and lesbian identity. A section offering critical readings of various works of art and literature includes a few b&w photos. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780873525633
  • Publisher: Modern Language Association of America
  • Publication date: 2/28/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 246
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
"Promoting Homosexuality" in the Classroom 11
Pedagogy and Sexuality 19
Toward an Antihomophobic Pedagogy 31
The Student and the Strap: Authority and Seduction in the Class(room) 38
What Is Lesbian Literature? Forming a Historical Canon 49
Teaching the Postmodern Renaissance 60
Lesbian Modernism: (Trans)Forming the (C)Anon 72
Race, Homosocial Desire, and "Mammon" in Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man 84
Lesbian Poetry in the United States, 1890-1990: A Brief Overview 98
Teaching Differences: Theory and Practice in a Lesbian and Gay Studies Seminar 113
Expanding the Categories of Race and Sexuality in Lesbian and Gay Studies 124
Explicit Instruction: Teaching Gay Male Sexuality in Literature Classes 136
The Lesbian Narrative: "The Pursuit of the Inedible by the Unspeakable" 156
Anal/yzing the Classroom: On the Impossibility of a Queer Pedagogy 169
The Disappearance of the Homosexual in The Picture of Dorian Gray 183
Tales of the Avunculate: Queer Tutelage in The Importance of Being Earnest 191
Private Affairs: Race, Sex, Property, and Persons 210
Memorial Rags 233
Index 241
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