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Textual Orientations examines two emerging, mutually illuminating fields: rhetoric/composition and lesbian/gay studies. It is a thorough, fascinating study of the complex rhetorical features in operation for lesbian and gay students in college writing classes.
The research from which the book evolves centers on an unusual situation: lesbian, gay, bisexual, and heterosexual together in a class for which lesbian and gay experience is the theme. What happens in such a circumstance? What kind of discourse community is formed? What kinds of new work does it enable? The book illustrates that in an academic environment that is "queercentric," the complexities of lesbian and gay subjectivity can be drawn upon to frame the very acts of composing from which they are usually erased.
Using social construction theory, liberatory pedagogy, feminism, ethnography, and queer theory as frameworks for analysis, the author proposes a pedagogy that uses the vantage point of the social margin -- a place that produces not only abject outsiderhood but also acute ways of self-defining, knowing, and acting.
Textual Orientations is essential reading for college composition instructors, those engaged in gay and lesbian studies, and gender specialists.
Queer Texts, Queer Contexts
Ways of Teaching
"Truth" or Consequences: The Lesbian or Gay Student in the Mainstream Writing Class
Lesbian and Gay Studies: Landscape of an (Inter)Discipline
Community Knowledge and Social Construction Theory in Composition: Discourse Communities
The Politics of Outsiderhood Go to School: Liberatory Pedagogy
The Lesbian-and Gay-Themed Writing Class
Construing and Constructing Knowledge as a Lesbian or Gay Student Writer: Reflections on an Identity-Based Course
Portraits of Four Student Writers
The Course of Study/Study of the Course
Adrian O'Connor: "It's a Social World"
Isabel Serrano: "Setting the Record Straight"
John Lee: Writing Fractured Identity
Mary Donoghue: "Let's Assume These Things Are True"
Queering the Brew