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Curricular Innovations

LGBTQ Literatures and the New English Studies

Edited By William P. Banks and John Pruitt

Where others have explored the teaching of LGBTQ literature courses, Curricular Innovations: LGBTQ Literatures and the New English Studies explores the impact that queer writers and their works are having across the broader undergraduate curriculum of English departments, as well as beyond those department spaces. While courses that focus on queer texts provide more space for students to think about the complexities of queer lives, this book breaks out of the specialized LGBTQ classroom to consider how we might also restructure and reframe a diverse set of undergraduate courses by paying attention to the contributions that LGBTQ writers make. Beyond simply including a text or two to represent "difference," contributors to this volume take a more structural approach in order to demonstrate ways of theming or designing courses around language, desire, and sexuality. They also demonstrate what happens when queer texts are given freedom to shape other classroom spaces, discussions, and reading/writing practices. This collection offers a practical intervention into conversations about the purposes and places of LGBTQ literatures by making good on the challenges that queer theories have posed to higher education over the last forty years.

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William P. Banks is Director of the University Writing Program and the Tar River Writing Project, and is Professor of Rhetoric and Writing at East Carolina University, where he teaches courses in writing, research, pedagogy, LGBT literature, and young adult literature. His essays on queer rhetorics and LGBT and young adult literatures have appeared in College English, College Composition and Communication, and English Journal. His other books include Re/Orienting Writing Studies: Queer Methods, Queer Projects (Utah State University Press) and Approaches to Teaching LGBT Literature: Concepts, Methods, Curricula (Peter Lang).

Damien Barlow is Lecturer in English at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, has published widely on Australian literature. His current project is a monograph on the fiction of Frank Moorhouse.

Mica Hilson is Assistant Professor of English & Communications at the American University of Armenia. He has previously held faculty positions at Francis Marion University, DePauw University, and Indiana University—Bloomington. His research on modern and contemporary literature, culture, and critical theory has appeared in a variety of scholarly journals, including The Comparatist, Doris Lessing Studies, and The Harold Pinter Review, as well as numerous essay collections, ranging from Security and Hospitality in Literature and Culture to The Ethics and Rhetoric of Invasion Ecology.

Eric Keenaghan is Associate Professor of English at the University at Albany, SUNY. He is the author of Queering Cold War Poetry (Ohio State University Press), and he has published widely on modernist, cold war, and LGBTQ...

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