Queer Literacies: Discourses and Discontents

Queer Literacies: Discourses and Discontents

by Mark McBeth


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In a documentarian investigation of the major LGBTQ archives in the United States, Queer Literacies: Discourses and Discontents identifies the homophobic discourses that prevailed in the twentieth-century by those discursive forces that also sponsored the literacy acquisition of the nation. Mark McBeth tracks down the evidence of how these sponsors of literacy—families, teachers, librarians, doctors, scientists, and government agents—instituted heteronormative platforms upon which public discourses were constructed. After pinpointing and analyzing how this disparaging rhetoric emerged, McBeth examines how certain LGBTQ advocates took counter-literacy measures to upend and replace those discourses with more Queer-affirming articulations. Having lived contemporaneously while these events occurred, McBeth incorporate narratives of his own lived experience of how these discourses impacted his own reading, writing, and researching capabilities. In this auto-archival research investigation, McBeth argues that throughout the twentieth century, Queer literates revised dominant and oppressive discourses as a means of survival and world-making in their own words. Scholars of rhetoric, gender studies, LGBTQ studies, literary studies, and communication studies will find this book particularly useful.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781793617811
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 12/02/2019
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.93(d)

About the Author

Mark McBeth is associate professor of English at City University of New York.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Queer Literacies on the Brain
Chapter 2 Archival Tracks and Traces: Evidence of Queer Literacies
Chapter 3 Adult Supervision: Insights to Queer Silence, or Family Got Your Tongue?
Chapter 4 Teacher Teacher: Queer Literacies in K-16
Chapter 5 “Gay books? Libraries? That rang bells for me!”: Reforming Literacy Platforms
Chapter 6 Psycho-Babble: Literacies as Danger and Salvation
Chapter 7 Viral Impetus: The Rhetorical-Literate Activism of ACT UP
Chapter 8 In Conclusion, Queer Literacy’s Inconclusiveness

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