Achieving Against The Odds Cl (The New Academy) by Esther Kingston-Mann, Tim Sieber

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What do you think it suggests about how homoerotic love is seen in this culture? ” The silence in the room began to buzz loudly. “Have you ever heard the term berdache? That’s a word Europeans used for a type of person they were surprised to find in most Native American groups—people we might call gay or lesbian or transgendered. ’ They are considered to be special, gifted; traditionally, they played special roles in group rituals or decisions. ” I forced myself to tolerate the silence for another long minute, while in my mind a thin limb creaked ominously.

Introduction 15 Notes Acknowledgments: Our book’s title first came from Esther Kingston-Mann’s interview for the 1995 filming of an orientation video, released in 1996 under the title Achieving Against the Odds, that was produced by Jean Humez of the Women’s Studies Program and designed to support new students at UMass/Boston. 1. , Race, Class and Gender in the United States: An Integrated Study (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1998). 2. : Ablex, 1993). 3. At UMass/Boston, examples of such writing by scholar-teachers include James H.

One example that comes to mind is my handling of Dorothy Allison’s autobio- Coming Out and Leading Out 23 graphical novel Bastard out of Carolina, which I teach as a spiritual comingof-age story. Allison is famous as a lesbian writer, and I would mention that in introducing the book. But her story leaves off before her full sexual awakening, which is foreshadowed only by her closeness with a lesbian aunt. Dwelling on her lesbianism would therefore have violated my first defensive principle: don’t appear to be making an issue of it unless it plainly is an issue.

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