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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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Names: Banks, William P., editor. | Pruitt, John, editor. Title: Curricular innovations: LGBTQ literatures and the new English studies / edited by William P. Banks and John Pruitt. Description: New York: Peter Lang, 2019. Includes bibliographical references and index. Identifiers: LCCN 2018059483 | ISBN 978-1-4331-4195-9 (hardback: alk. paper) ISBN 978-1-4331-4196-6 (ebook pdf) | ISBN 978-1-4331-4197-3 (epub) ISBN 978-1-4331-4198-0 (mobi) Subjects: LCSH: American literature—Study and teaching (Secondary). Literature—Study and teaching (Secondary)—United States. Sexual minorities' writings, American—History and criticism. Sexual minorities in literature. Classification: LCC PS153.S39 C88 2019 | DDC 809/.9335266—dc23 LC record available at DOI 10.3726/b13190

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