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Ecoqueer: Moving Beyond Ecocomposition's Heteronormative Binaries

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2008
Abstract/Description:
An examination of ecocomposition reveals that despite being careful to embrace all humans, it is still operating from a heterononnative standpoint. This perspective has led to an exclusion of gay male writers from its place-based approach to the study of the production of writing. By including the work of gay nature writer James Schuyler, the boundaries of ecocomposition are expanded to include yet another way of moving beyond restrictive cultural dualisms. Schuyler's work shows that definitions of masculinity need to be expanded to include gay males, and also highlights how sexual identity and setting interact to produce various interpretations of the self in one's writing. An expansion of ecocomposition results in a truly liberatory theory and pedagogy, one that encourages interactions that promote of all kinds of writing by all kinds of writers.
Title: Ecoqueer: Moving Beyond Ecocomposition's Heteronormative Binaries.
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Name(s): Hoover, Megan L.
Barrios, Barclay, Thesis advisor
Florida Atlantic University, Degree grantor
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Electronic Thesis Or Dissertation
Date Created: 2008
Date Issued: 2008
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, Fla.
Physical Form: application/pdf
Extent: 76 p.
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: An examination of ecocomposition reveals that despite being careful to embrace all humans, it is still operating from a heterononnative standpoint. This perspective has led to an exclusion of gay male writers from its place-based approach to the study of the production of writing. By including the work of gay nature writer James Schuyler, the boundaries of ecocomposition are expanded to include yet another way of moving beyond restrictive cultural dualisms. Schuyler's work shows that definitions of masculinity need to be expanded to include gay males, and also highlights how sexual identity and setting interact to produce various interpretations of the self in one's writing. An expansion of ecocomposition results in a truly liberatory theory and pedagogy, one that encourages interactions that promote of all kinds of writing by all kinds of writers.
Identifier: FA00000929 (IID)
Degree granted: Thesis (M.A.)--Florida Atlantic University, 2008.
Collection: FAU Electronic Theses and Dissertations Collection
Note(s): Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters
Subject(s): Human ecology in literature
Literature, Modern--Criticism and interpretation
Environmental literature--Authorship--21st century
Homosexuality and literature--United States
English language--Rhetoric--Study and teaching--Social aspects--United States
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