Harvard Educational Review
  1. Tilting the Tower

    Lesbians Teaching Queer Subjects

    Edited by Linda Garber

    New York: Routledge, 1994. 280 pp. $15.95 (paper)

    If gay and lesbian teachers and students have been exiled to the margins of educational discourse, then lesbian discourse and lesbian educational studies in particular have suffered further silencing. What has passed for gay/lesbian scholarship has often been, in reality, studies of gay men, or essays of gay male experience with lesbians appended. Are there academic issues that are specifically lesbian? Who speaks for lesbians, and in speaking for lesbians, what other positions/identities are elided? Is there a lesbian studies? A lesbian pedagogy?

    These are some of the questions the authors consider in this anthology edited by Linda Garber. In exploring lesbian subjects and pedagogy, Tilting the Tower joins the burgeoning field of lesbian and gay studies in education. The works gathered in this book represent a variety of perspectives and disciplines. Essays collected in the first section of the book focus on classroom issues in colleges and universities. The essays explore lesbian pedagogy and lesbian texts, coming out in college classrooms, and sexuality and eroticism in classroom communities. These brief articles are interesting and provocative, particularly those examining erotic tensions among lesbian students and between students and teachers. Another interesting essay, jointly written by several straight educators, explores these authors' attempts to grapple with sexual orientation in their college writing composition courses.

    The essays in the next section of the book examine lesbian issues in high school classrooms. Essays collected in this section explore similar issues of representation, coming out and role modeling, curriculum, racism, and alliance building around oppression.

    Articles in the final section of the book examine institutional issues, looking at a lesbian agenda within multiculturalism and within lesbian and gay studies. Other essays offer narrative perspectives on race, on "outness," and on the impact of the work of poet/activist/scholar Audre Lorde.

    Like many other collections of essays about lesbian and gay subjects, Tilting the Tower offers a broad range of articles, a sampling of current thought, practical curricular suggestions, and narrative life experiences, which may help to introduce readers to the developing field of lesbian and gay studies in education. This collection increases the visibility of lesbian studies, and for that significant contribution, Garber and the authors she has gathered together in Tilting the Tower deserve appreciation.

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    Abstracts

    Introduction
    By Vitka Eisen and Irene Hall
    Youth Voices
    Stone Butch Celebration
    A Transgender-Inspired Revolution in Academia
    By Wendy Ormiston
    Negotiating Legacies
    Audre Lorde, W. E. B. DuBois, Marlon Riggs, and Me
    By Townsand Price-Spratlen
    A Gay-Themed Lesson in an Ethnic Literature Curriculum
    Tenth Graders' Responses to "Dear Anita"
    By Steven Z. Athanases
    What Difference Does It Make? The Story of a Lesbian Teacher
    By Carla Washburne Rensenbrink
    Toward a Most Thorough Understanding of the World
    Sexual Orientation and Early Childhood Education
    By Virginia Casper, Harriet K. Cuffaro, Steven Schultz, Jonathan G. Silin, and Elaine Wickens
    Race and Sexual Orientation
    The (Im)possibility of These Intersections in Educational Policy
    By Kathryn Snider
    How We Find Ourselves
    Identity Development and Two Spirit People
    By Alex Wilson
    Manly Men and Womanly Women
    Deviance, Gender Role Polarization, and the Shift in Women's School Employment, 1900-1976
    By Jackie M. Blount
    Researching Dissident Subjectivities
    Queering the Grounds of Theory and Practice
    By Kenn Gardner Honeychurch
    Cornel West on Heterosexism and Transformation
    An Interview
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    Book Notes

    Open Lives, Safe Schools
    Edited by Donovan R. Walling

    Uncommon Heroes
    Edited by Phillip Sherman and Samuel Bernstein

    Free Your Mind
    By Ellen Bass and Kate Kaufman.

    Becoming Visible
    Edited by Kevin Jennings

    Death By Denial
    By Gary Remafedi

    Is the Homosexual My Neighbor?
    By Letha Dawson Scanzoni and Virginia Ramey Mollenkott.

    One Teacher in Ten
    By Kevin Jennings

    The Gay Teen
    Edited by Gerald Unks

    Tilting the Tower
    Edited by Linda Garber

    School's Out
    by Dan Woog

    The Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader
    Edited by Henry Abelove, Michele Aina Barale, and David M. Halperin

    Joining the Tribe
    By Linnea Due

    How Would You Feel If Your Dad Was Gay?
    By Ann Heron and Meredith Maran; illustrated by Kris Kovick.

    Helping Gay and Lesbian Youth
    Edited by Teresa DeCrescenzo