The Intersection of Deaf and Gay Identity in Young Adult Literature

I'm thrilled to announce the publication in my essay "Without a word or sound": Enmeshing Deaf and Gay Identity in Young Adult Literature. This essay is found in an critical volume edited by Jacob Stratman entitled Lessons in Disability: Essays on Teaching with Young Adult Literature, published by McFarland Press (November 2015). Although not obvious … Continue reading The Intersection of Deaf and Gay Identity in Young Adult Literature

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Course Syllabus for “The Young Adult Novel” – University of Notre Dame

Here is the syllabus for a course that I designed on the Young Adult Novel. I will teach this course during the fall 2014 semester at the University of Notre Dame. I'm very excited about this course for various reasons--mostly because I finally get to teach the texts that I work with and that I love. This course is … Continue reading Course Syllabus for “The Young Adult Novel” – University of Notre Dame

Ellen Wittlinger’s [Parrotfish]: A Transgender Coming-Out Novel

What made a person male or female, anyway? The way they looked? The way they acted? The way they thought? Their hormones? Their genitals? What if some of those attributes pointed in one direction and some in the other? - Ellen Wittlinger, Parrotfish (p. 131) Although Julie Anne Peters' Luna was the first young adult text to tackle … Continue reading Ellen Wittlinger’s [Parrotfish]: A Transgender Coming-Out Novel

On Feelings, the Body, and Queer Grief: Sara Ahmed’s “The Cultural Politics of Emotion”

I will begin by stating that Sara Ahmed's The Cultural Politics of Emotion is a book that I was really looking forward to, mostly because it uses a multidisciplinary approach to comprehend how emotions are tied to notions such as culture and power. Even more so, the book explores how emotions, despite their apparent abstractness, are physically … Continue reading On Feelings, the Body, and Queer Grief: Sara Ahmed’s “The Cultural Politics of Emotion”

Would you get into a bathtub with your friend? HBO’s [Girls] and Non-Sexual Intimacy

I finally got a chance to watch an episode of Girls, an American television series that began airing on HBO during 2012. The show stars and is written by Lena Dunham, and the show is partly inspired by Dunham's real-life experiences. Strangely enough, I did not watch the first episode of the series, but rather, … Continue reading Would you get into a bathtub with your friend? HBO’s [Girls] and Non-Sexual Intimacy

Do You Hate Your Body? Western Culture, Gender, and Body Issues

Some of the most awkward and disturbing conversations that I've had about the body have taken place during a meal. There is something about sharing food with company that ignites interesting topics of conversation as pertained to our body, nature, and food. I recall one particular instance in which I went over a friend's house for … Continue reading Do You Hate Your Body? Western Culture, Gender, and Body Issues